The Annecy shootings, also the French Alps shootings or the Chevaline killings, were the shootings that took place on the 5th of September 2012. They saw a family from Britain who were on holiday brutally murdered, a father, mother and grandmother all of whom were shot at point blank range whilst in their car. In addition to this a 7 year old girl was shot and a cyclist was killed but one man managed to narrowly escape.
In this Panorama special we see the former British RAF pilot who discovered the crime takes us back to the murder-mystery scene which sparked a huge police investigation that spanned across 15 countries. Through a number of interviews we also see a witness speak for the first time about a British car he saw just moments before the murders took place.
This film also investigates the murder weapon and asks if the killer was a professional. Perhaps the family was a target of an intelligence agency because the father worked for a high-tech company in Britain, or was the target the cyclist who was there that day. These are all questions which Panorama try to get to the bottom of.
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This is the most obvious crime ever. The French investigators flubbed this from the very start. They didn’t discover that little girl for eight hours? What were they doing? How weird!!! Also, how do they not have more info about the BMW? It definitely crossed the border, probably into Switzerland on its way to that bank in Geneva. If the cyclist was the target, the hitman would not have been so concerned with the family. It is possible that the hitman simply, wanted to take care of witnesses. This scenario falls apart when you consider that he pistol-whipped the kid, that is proof that the family was the target. The brother did it for money.
He’s a piece of crap. I hope all the money goes to those daughters. That’s gonna be traumatizing for them, but at least they have each other.
The only theory that fits is that of a random killer waiting for targets to come to him. There is no way he could have known that the Iraqi family and the French cyclist would be going there. Occam’s Razor.