chapter  2
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The disastrous justice system in Belgium: a crisis of democracy?: Lode Van Outrive

On 12 August 1996 a swimming pool attendant happened to notice a man dragging a young girl into a car near the baths where he was working. He noted the number plate of the car, and so the police found Marc Dutroux. A few days later they found the girl, Laetitia, still alive, but they also discovered another missing girl, Sabine. Later on in August and during September the police found the dead bodies of four other missing girls: Julie, Melissa, An and Eefje. Soon it became clear that if thorough, professional investigations had been carried out earlier by the police and the magistrates the murders might have been prevented.