The verdict was overturned on February 12, 2016. On appeal before the Paris Criminal Court, Djamel Lulmy was sentenced to 30 years in prison, the same sentence as the first instance, where he was convicted of killing his wife, Kathleen Vasseur, three months after his arrest. After he attempted to assassinate his second girlfriend, Julie Derouet, to receive millions of euros in life insurance he subscribed to for his conquests. On Sunday evening, a number of “Bring the Accused” rebroadcasts on RMC Story trace this harrowing story, with in the middle the sordid figure of the person the media dubbed “Black Widow” and “The Black Widower” Beard Bleue de l’Essonne” or Serial seducer.
Six years ago, a few days before Christmas 2009, Julie Derwit, 26, arrived in Marrakesh. She briefly agreed to leave her two daughters, from a previous union, to join her new fiancé, Jamal Lullami, who had arrived the day before. Warning: He might not be there to pick her up at the airport, around 4pm. All she has to do is take a taxi and go and wait for him at the hotel. What are you doing.
Left to die in the desert
This 30-year-old French-Algerian, former professor of civil engineering at a technical high school turned business manager, also asked him to go and rent a car. In fact, Morocco will only be a stage, the man promised his beautiful girlfriend that she will then go to Algeria so that he can introduce her to his family with the aim of marrying in the future. Moreover, when he reached the room, he immediately pulled out a large ring and asked Julie to marry him. Accept. Without further ado, he convinces her to leave for Algeria, but in two cars: he’s in his, and she’s in the rented one. All she has to do is follow him… check him out at the second roundabout. Then I was hit several times from behind. The victim of a road trip, she was then beaten by several attackers, who left her for dead in the desert. She suffered a spinal fracture that scarred her for life, and she survived at the cost of extensive rehabilitation.
However, throughout his recovery, his Prince Charming rarely visited him. Bedridden, Julie begins to doubt. Especially since her future husband, just before the trip, made her sign several life insurance contracts in his favor, with insurance companies and on the Internet, for astronomical sums. The contracts, copies of which were stolen during the burglary. No valuables were stolen.
Seductive, smooth talker, greedy, manipulative, widower
File a complaint with the police. By searching a bit, the detectives discover that the thirty-year-old, seduced, smooth, greedy and manipulative, is a widower. His first wife, Kathleen Vasseur, died in January 2007 in a car accident. A 26-year-old Pôle Emploi consultant fell in love with her neighbor’s son at Brétigny-sur-Orge, Essonne. After a quick wedding in a small commission, they went to Algeria to celebrate. The day after they returned to France, while riding a bicycle, a driver allegedly threw Kathleen into a ditch. She died seven days later without regaining consciousness. However, she also entered into several death insurance contracts in favor of her companion. Then he received more than a million euros.
Folders are now linked. Investigations then lead to a third woman, Karen, his lover he met at a swingers club, who had just signed the same type of contract, and even a fourth woman, Celine, who would be his lifelong companion: she was his girlfriend before him. Marrying Kathleen and then again after her death. If she realizes that their relationship as a couple was almost non-existent, she admits that she suffered many betrayals of Jamal, which she would have learned during the instructions. It is worth noting that she did not take any insurance policy in her favour.
More than ten million euros
The suspect was arrested in 2010, indicted, tried and sentenced to 30 years in prison in 2014 by the Essonne Assize Court for murder, attempted murder and fraud. The verdict was confirmed on appeal, two years later in Paris. The attorney general, who asked for life, had calculated that if Julie and Karen had died in an accident like Kathleen, then Jamal Lyulmi would have received, in total, more than ten million euros.
At each trial, the accused maintained his innocence over and over again. He has always claimed to be the victim of a series of dramatic coincidences.
“Bring the Accused” is dedicated to “Bluebeard of Essonne” (2021), a documentary presented by Rachid Mbarki and Dominique Risette, rebroadcast on Sunday, July 24 from 9:05 PM on RMC Story.