Roger Girerd
Roger Girerd
Background information
Birth name Roger Girerd
Occupation Foundryman
Born ca. 1931

May 20, 1965
Charvieu-Chavagneux, France

Cause of death Suicide
Spouse(s) Jeannette Girerd
Attack information
Date May 20, 1965
Location(s) Charvieu-Chavagneux, France
Target(s) Family
Killed 10
Weapon(s) Knife
Hunting rifle

Roger Girerd was a French foundryman who killed ten members of his family at a farm in Charvieu-Chavagneux, France on May 20, 1965, before committing suicide.[1][2]

The crime was reported to be the deadliest mass murder by a single person in French history at that time,[3] even though 15 people were killed by Abd el Maleck in Dieppe on June 10, 1945.[4]


Roger Girerd and his wife

Wedding photo of Girerd and his wife Jeannette.

Girerd was said to have worked at a foundry from morning to evening, while his mother also urged him to do the hardest labour on the farm. Due to being overworked he had been in a mental institution in Grenoble for a few months in 1959. In the months prior to the murders he showed signs of fatigue and uttered fears of a coming nuclear war, being especially worried about the fate of his children.[3][5]


Roger Girerd Farm

People standing at the gate of Girerd's farm after the murders.

According to reports, the 34-year-old stabbed his wife, Jeannette, his six children, aged 6 months to 10 years, as well as a 16 months-old niece, during the night from May 19 to May 20. The bodies of Jeannette, four of his children, and his niece were found the next day lying in the kitchen, covered with sheets, while the two remaining children were discovered on the first floor. At approximately 8:30 a.m. a witness heard two shots from the farm, and it was suspected that Girerd then killed his 58-year-old mother and his 23-year-old brother in an annex. Two more shots were heard at about 10 a.m., when Girerd killed his dog and himself.[5]

In a suicide note, Girerd stated he was sick of living in poverty and watching his family living in need, writing:

I have enough. I have to do something. I don't want my children to have to live the way I have to. I want everyone to live in peace. ... I am leaving money for the funeral and to pay my debts.[5][6]


  • Jeannette Girerd, 34, Roger Girerd's wife
  • Eliane Girerd, 10, his daughter
  • Joceline Girerd, 8, his daughter
  • Bernard Girerd, 7, his son
  • Yves Girerd, 4, his son
  • Daniel Girerd, 2, his son
  • Pierre Girerd, 6 months, his son
  • Angèle Girerd, 58, his mother
  • Robert Girerd, 23, his brother
  • Sylviane Girerd, 16 months, his niece


  • La Tuerie de Chavagneux; in Détective, No. 987.


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