A wife whose husband allegedly let 83 men rape her while she was drugged unconscious collapsed in horror when shown evidence of how she was brutally assaulted for nearly a decade, prosecution documents have revealed.
‘Françoise’ told police she could recall waking in the night, feeling someone had raped her but assuming it was a dream as evidence mounts in the case against her husband and 51 identified suspects accused of raping her between 2011 and 2020 at their home in the south of France.
Prosecution documents allege that her husband of 50 years had urged his wife’s rapists not to wear condoms, as a doctor found the woman in her sixties had contracted four venereal diseases and suffers gynaecological problems.
As prosecutors prepare to take the case to trial next year, new information has been brought to light; film seized from husband ‘Dominique P.’ showed the couple’s eldest daughter unconscious and in her underwear, and his grandchildren said he regularly ‘played doctor’ with them, saying he would buy them toys for undressing.
The husband, currently in prison in nearby Avingnon, is also alleged to have filmed his daughters-in-law in the bathroom, using a phone hidden in a toilet bag and broadcasting the images online.
He was ultimately caught in 2020 after he was found using a pen with a hidden camera to spy on women in changing rooms in Carpentras, leading police to search his house.
An E-FIT of Dominique P, made after the attempted rape of young girl in 1999
Dominique P. – as he is being referred to by France’s legal authorities – faces trial next year, along with alleged accomplices he met on an online sex forum, for alleged offences against his wife of 50 years between 2011 and 2020.
Police have used video and computer data evidence to identify 92 cases of rape of his wife – being referred to by police as ‘Françoise’ – by 83 men, and have to date identified 51 suspects aged between 26 and 73.
Dominique P. is understood to have recruited his wife’s attackers from an online forum called ‘Without Her Knowing’ – where users discuss performing sex acts on unwitting partners – and storing evidence on a USB drive in a file called ‘ABUSES’.
The vast majority of the attacks were filmed, with the videos placed in computer files, complete with the name of the attacker and the type of sex act.
In his videos, Dominique P. called his wife a ‘slut’ hundreds of times, but insisted he meant it affectionately.
He also told investigating magistrates he loves his ‘saint’ wife.
His lawyer added that Françoise was ‘his first love, indeed the only love of his life’.
Dominique P. is alleged to have used the drug Lorazepam to sedate his wife by mixing it into her meal, before inviting men to have sex with her while she was unconscious at their home in Mazan, near Avignon.
Investigators learned of the horror after arresting Dominique in 2020 for filming up the skirts of customers in a supermarket in nearby Carpentras, with a search of his Provence home uncovering camera equipment and ‘dozens of videos’ of his wife’s abuse.
Alleged rapists involved in the case include civil servants, ambulance workers, soldiers, prison guards, nurses, a journalist, a municipal councillor, and truck drivers.
A fireman accused of raping Françoise wore his uniform during the attack, one video shows.
The fireman’s computer contained 728 images of children being sexually abused.
Some of his accomplices claimed they had no idea his wife was not consensual while one denied it was rape, saying: ‘It’s his wife, he does what he likes with her.’
The father-of-three, in his early 70s, is currently in prison in Avignon, in the south of France, charged with ‘aggravated rape’ and the administration of drugs which were used to sedate his wife.
When his wife was informed of the secret tapes, she broke down and became suicidal, saying: ‘I was his thing,’ before filing for divorce.
Sophie Narme, a 23-year-old who Dominique P. was suspected of raping and killing in 1991. He denies having anything to do with the case
The husband is also suspected of raping and then murdering Sophie Narme, a 23-year-old estate agent, who was found mutilated in a flat in the 19th arrondissement of Paris in December 1991.
An autopsy revealed that the young woman had been drugged, raped, strangled, and stabbed in the chest with a knife.
Investigating sources told Le Parisien newspaper that they suspect Dominique P. of setting up a meeting with Ms Narme at the flat, using the fictitious name ‘Mr Duboste’.
A colleague of Ms Narme recalled meeting a man who used the name Duboste, and who fitted Dominique P.’s description.
Another female estate agent – aged 19 and referred to only as E. – was attacked in similar circumstances by Dominique P. at a flat in the Paris suburb of Villeparisis in 1999, but managed to escape after fighting back.
Blood was found on the carpet in the second case, and in August 2022 DNA found was matched with Dominique P.’s genetic profile.
Dominique P. was in the real estate industry throughout the 1990s, and robot portraits of Duboste and the man who attacked E. ‘bear a strong resemblance’ to him, said an investigating source.
On September 7 2022, Dominique P. appeared before a judge in Nanterre, where he was indicted for the murder of Sophie Narme, and the attempted rape of E.
Dominique P. has since admitted trying to rape E., but denies having anything to do with the 1991 case.
General view of the picturesque village of Mazan, near Avignon in the south of France
Abuse took place in the town of Mazan, south of France, and was only uncovered after the man was caught up-skirting women in a local supermarket – prompting officers to search his home
He and his wife lived together in the village of Mazan, near Carpentras, where he is said to have continued setting up sexual liaisons on a dating site called Coco.
Dominique P. is said to have sedated his wife by putting tablets of Temesta – a powerful anxiolytic – into her evening dinner.
He then invited strangers from the online forum into the couple’s bedroom, so that his wife could be raped while unconscious.
Almost all of the rapes were filmed, and the videos kept on file with a date, a first name, and the nature of the sexual act, according to prosecution evidence.
One hundred and twenty-eight images were seized by police in all, with 92 rapes on Françoise proved.
A list of 83 attackers was drawn up, and 51 men arrested in a first wave of arrests.