The five members of a French family, including their two children, took turns using a small stepladder to cross the balcony of their apartment in Montreux, Switzerland, before one after the other rushed into the void.
The detail is frightening. The five members of a French family, including the two children, used a small stepladder to climb down the balcony of their apartment in Montreux, Switzerland, before one after the other rushed into the void. The investigation “allows us to rule out the intervention of third parties and indicates that all the victims jumped from the balcony one after the other,” Vaud police reported on Tuesday, five days after the tragedy took place in this wealthy city on the shores of Lake Geneva.
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Of the five family members who lived with the family, a man, his wife and his twin sister, as well as an 8-year-old girl and a 15-year-old boy, only the boy survived. After a fall of more than 20 meters from the 7th floor of the building where the family lived in a large apartment and “withdrawn from society”, the young man is still in a coma, according to the police report, inpatient in the hospital.
no more noise
The investigators were able to reconstruct the chronology of the facts, first with the arrival of two gendarmes in front of the apartment, around 06:15 this Thursday, March 24, for a problem with the teenager’s home schooling, with the aim of executing an arrest warrant. They knocked on the door and heard a voice asking who was there. After reporting, they heard no more noise from inside and left, a course of action that did not justify the forced opening of the home.
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According to the investigators, shortly afterwards, around 7 a.m., “all the victims jumped one after the other” from the balcony every five minutes. Investigators, who found a stepladder on the balcony from which members of this family jumped, found no sign of a struggle, which seems to support the thesis of voluntary gestures. “Before or during the events, no witness, including the two gendarmes present on site from 6:15 a.m. and the passers-by in the lower part of the building, heard the slightest noise or screams from the apartment or the balcony,” the police underlined in a press release .
“Technical investigations show no early signs of such an act,” she said, but noted that “since the pandemic began, the family has been very interested in conspiracy theories and survivalists.”
Stock of food
She lived practically self-sufficient, withdrawn from society. She has built up an impressive stockpile of all kinds of food, very well organized and occupied most of the different rooms in the apartment to enable her to deal with a major crisis, police said. Only the mother’s twin sister worked outside the home, investigators said. Neither the mother nor the little girl were reported to the authorities and the latter did not go to school.
“All of these elements indicate that members of this family are afraid of being interfered with in their lives by the authorities,” police said in a press release. According to the Journal du Dimanche, the father, Éric David, who grew up in one of the most affluent neighborhoods of Marseille (south-east), is a graduate of the Ecole Polytechnique, one of the most prestigious schools in France.
Twin sisters Nasrine and Narjisse Feraoun grew up in a family of five children, all of whom were educated at the prestigious Lycée Henri-IV in Paris, the newspaper reported this weekend. He also pointed out that the two women – the children’s mother was a dentist and her sister an ophthalmologist – are the granddaughters of Algerian writer Mouloud Feraoun, a close friend of Albert Camus who was murdered by the OAS armed group French.