was a French spree killer, who, for no apparent reason, shot to death
his sister and mother and wounded his father with a shotgun on
July 12, 1989,
afterwards driving through the village of Luxiol and the adjacent area,
shooting people at random. A total of 14 people have been killed and
eight others injured in his half-hour shooting spree, before police
managed to subdue him.
He was diagnosed to suffer from schizophrenia and
thus could not be held accountable for his crime according to French law,
much to the anger of the victims families. He's treated in a psychiatric
hospital in Sarreguemines since April 1991.
- Jeanne Dornier, 57, Christian Dornier's mother
- Corinne Dornier, 26, Christian Dornier's sister
- Marcel Lechine, 45
- Johann Robez-Masson, 10
- Johnny Robez-Masson, 14
- Stanislas Périllard, 79
- Marie Périllard, 81, sister of Stanislas Périllard
- Louis Cuenot, 67
- Louis Liard, 50
- Pauline Faivre-Pierret, 5
- Louis Girardot, 47
- Georges Pernin, 40, teacher from Autechaux
- Marie-Alice Champroy
- Pierre Boeuf
Gunman's Rampage in France Leaves
Los Angeles Times
July 13, 1989
LUXIOL, France — A crazed farmer armed with a shotgun
killed at least 14 people, including his mother and sister, in a rampage
through three eastern French villages Wednesday. It was the worst mass
killing in recent French history, police said.
Christian Dornier, 31, suffering from
what police said was a fit of madness, shot and seriously injured his
father and killed a veterinary surgeon visiting the family farm in
Luxiol before fatally turning his weapon on his mother and his newly
Jumping into a car, he drove through the streets of
his village, firing indiscriminately at passers-by, including children.
Luxiol, a hamlet of 140 people, is about 275 miles
southeast of Paris near the Swiss border.
Alerted by Dornier's mother, who died later in a
hospital, police pursued Dornier through two nearby villages as he
continued his shooting spree.
Police said eight people, including an officer, were
seriously injured during Dornier's half-hour rampage. After two gun
battles with police, the badly wounded Dornier was finally captured.
Police said his life was not in danger.
Shooting at everyone he saw, Dornier gunned down a
teacher in one village and killed two people in a parked car at an
Eyewitnesses speaking on French radio said three
children strolling in the streets of Luxiol were killed and a man was
shot to death inside his kitchen when Dornier opened fire.
Dornier had been under treatment for nervous
depression, police said. Georges Dornier, the man's uncle, said in a
telephone interview that his nephew was "mildly depressive. I saw him
this morning and he was very calm."
The bloodshed was the worst in France since October,
1978, when 10 people were shot to death in a Marseilles bar in what
police believe was a gang murder.
"He seemed completely out of his mind."
An insightful comment from one of the survivors.
On July 12, 1989 Christian Dornier, a man known by
most in his town as being a complete toss, made a name for himself. The
thirtyone-year-old picked up a double barrel shotgun and shot his father,
wounding him. He then killed the local veterinarian who had been called
out to the farm earlier. He then walked up to the family house and blew
his mother and recently married sister apart with the shotgun. Then
Dornier, in something sounding similar to Howard Unrah, walked through
the town of Luxiol shooting indesciminatly at anything that moved.
Within three minutes he had killed three young children, one girl who
was playing in her front yard and two boys riding their bikes through
Dornier then walked back home and got into his car, a
VW Golf. A cop tried to stop him around this time but just ended up
copping a bullet. Just after this a neighbour manage to wound him.
During this little shoot-out with the neigbours Dornier manage to kill
four more before driving off.
He then went to the next village, Autechaux. He
managed to kill a farmer on his tractor. During his car ride through
town he also killed three passing motorists. He continued through to the
next town, Verne, where his luck run out and he was seriously wounded by
On November 10, 1989 it was decided that Dornier was
insane, and therefore he was never tried for any murder. As far as I
know he's sitting comfortably in a nice padded room at the moment.
"There was no argument or quarrel of any kind . .
. He just picked up his gun and fired it point blank at Corinne, killing
her instantly. Then my mother telephoned the police . . . He fired and
killed her too."
Dornier's brother tells the story.
"He had no friends, hardly ever talked to anybody.
We knew he was going to create havoc one day and the police should have
dealt with him months ago.
Unfortuantly, our laws don't allow such preventative
Dominique Cuenot - a member of the local council.
"Everyone was frightened of him."
A female resident.
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