Jean Claude-Romand is known in France as the “imposter”.
According to the official story, Jean Claude-Romand started a deception that ended in murder
” Jean-Claude Romand appeared to have everything: a beautiful wife, two children and a prestigious job as a doctor at the World Health Organisation.
But it was all a lie.
For 18 years he had lived a torturous double life, and when it finally began to unravel the result was fatal.”
” The deception began with a simple lie: Romand claimed that he had passed a second-year medical examination that he did not take. He therefore never qualified as a doctor, a fact unknown to his peers.
Romand fooled his family and friends for 18 years; they thought he was a successful medical professional and researcher in the World Health Organization.
He managed to give an impression that he had researched arteriosclerosis and he had contacts with political figures.
In reality, he spent his days wandering and used free information services of the local WHO building. He lived close by in Prévessin-Moëns, France.
Periodically he left for a supposed work trip but only traveled to Geneva Cointrin international airport and spent a couple of days in a hotel room there, studying medical journals and a travel guide about Switzerland, the country where everyone supposed he worked.
Romand lived off the money his wife and he had made by selling an apartment, from his wife’s salary and from sums of money which were given to him by various relatives, who relied on his assurances that he was investing the money in various imaginary hedge funds and foreign ventures.”
Terrified that his web of deceit was about to be uncovered, Romand apparently planned the murder of his entire family:
” On 9 January 1993, Romand withdrew 2000Fr, and purchased a handgun, silencer and gas canisters, and asked for them to be gift wrapped.
That night, feeling the only thing left to do was kill, he bashed his wife to death on their double bed with a rolling pin.
He left her body until the morning, sleeping as normal.
The next morning, he woke his children, had breakfast, and watched cartoons. He put them to bed that night, and once they had fallen asleep, shot them both in the head.
After these killings, the only people who could expose him were his parents, who were both so proud of their ‘successful’ son, and his ex-mistress, who wanted back 900,000 Fr that she had given him as a favor.
The next morning, Romand traveled across the border to his parents’ house, where he joined them for a meal. Immediately after the meal he repeatedly shot them both and the family dog.
That night he picked up his ex-mistress, telling her he was treating her to a romantic meal for two.
Pretending the car had broken down, he made her exit the car, and as she did so he attempted to strangle her with a cord and sprayed tear gas into her face.
After she fought back, he apologized and drove her back to her home before returning to his family home, which still contained the bodies of his dead wife and children.
He sat and watched TV before he poured petrol around the house, set it alight and took an overdose of sleeping pills to create the appearance of an intended suicide.
Whether this attempt was genuine is doubtful, since the pills he took were long expired, and he had access to more effective barbiturates; additionally, the manner the fire was set and the timing of his taking the pills made his rescue inevitable.
He was rescued by local firefighters who were alerted by the road cleaners at 4 o’clock the next morning.
He survived the blaze, but refused to talk to police during subsequent questioning; it was initially believed that he was too traumatized to speak.”
” Romand’s trial began on 25 June 1996.
On 6 July 1996 Romand was sentenced to life imprisonment with no possibility of parole for 19 years; he will be eligible for parole in 2015″.
The official version of this tragic story is frankly unbelievable.
Throughout his life, Romand was known as a kind, caring and family-loving person.
He showed no signs of narcissistic or sociopathic characteristics.
How likely is it that Romand would have spent 18 years sitting in the library or car park of the World Health Organisation?
How likely is it that he could dupe his whole famliy for so long?
How likely is it that he would not have sought alternative employment?
How likely is it that this kind and gentle man would batter his wife and shoot his children dead?
Not very likely at all.
It’s much more likely that Romand did in fact work for the WHO.
It’s much more likely that Romand did indeed have links to political figures as he claimed.
It’s much more likely that Romand knew something of great importance that he confided to his family about.
It’s much more likely that outside influences were involved in the murders.
It’s much more likely that certain people needed to be silenced.
During his many years in prison, Romand has been a model prisoner and has acted as an unofficial doctor to other inmates.
” Jean-Claude is one of the kindest, most humble people ever. When we are ill he will offer to diagnose us and recommend a suitable treatment.”
It will be most interesting to see what happens when Romand comes before the parole-board in 2015.