E100: Sid Ahmed Rezala aka The Train Killer

This week Beth and Wendy discuss Sid Ahmed Rezala aka The Train Killer. An Algerian man who killed 3 women in France in 1999.

We open up our mailbag (5:50) and thank our listeners and patrons.  We begin our story (12:52) and then dive into the setting (14:15), the killer’s early life (34:45) and the timeline (38:31).  Then, we get into the investigation & arrest (47:55) followed by “Where are they now?”(60:39). We discuss our Take Aways and what we think made the perp snap (60:53).  

As usual we close out the show with some tips on how not to get murdered (1:05:24) and some shout outs (1:09:27).  

Thanks for listening! This is a weekly podcast and new episodes drop every Thursday, so until next time… look alive y’all, it’s crazy out there!

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Articles/Websites

Wikipedia contributors. (06/21/2020). Sid Ahmed Rezala. Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 10/29/2020 from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Sid_Ahmed_Rezala&oldid=963666432

Murderpedia. (n.d.). Sid Ahmed Rezala. Murderpedia, The Encyclopedia of Murderers. Retrieved 10/29/2020 from https://murderpedia.org/male.R/r/rezala-sid-ahmed.htm

Henley, John. (06/29/2000). ‘Train killer’ dies in prison fire. The Guardian. Retrieved 10/29/2020 from https://www.theguardian.com/world/2000/jun/30/jonhenley1

BBC News. (06/29/2000). A Sinister Charmer. Retrieved 10/31/2020 from http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/811011.stm

Webster, Paul. (01/15/2000). Teen rapist with the cruel mind of a child. The Guardian. Retrieved 10/31/2020 from https://www.theguardian.com/world/2000/jan/16/paulwebster.theobserver1

Coignard, Jacqueline. (05/20/2000). Rezala confesses everything in front of a reporter. From his prison, he recounts, in great detail, the murders of the three young women (in French). Liberation. Retrieved 10/31/2020 from https://www.liberation.fr/societe/2000/05/20/rezala-avoue-tout-devant-un-journaliste-de-sa-prison-il-raconte-avec-force-details-les-meurtres-des-_326140

Le Telegramme. (01/12/2000). Sentenced three times since 1995 (in French). Retrieved 10/31/2020 from https://www.letelegramme.fr/ar/viewarticle1024.php?aaaammjj=20000112&article=20000112-572584&type=ar

McQueen, Anna; Webster, Paul. (01/15/2000). Gay riddle of Isabel’s killer. The Guardian. Retrieved 11/02/2020 from https://www.theguardian.com/world/2000/jan/16/paulwebster.theobserver

The Independent. (09/17/2011). Arrogant claims of a man who preens himself on his murders. Retrieved 11/02/2020 from https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/arrogant-claims-of-a-man-who-preens-himself-on-his-murders-5371005.html

Lichfield, John. (12/19/1999). Flaws in the hunt for the killer of Isabel Peake and two others have put French policing in the dock. The Independent. Retrieved 11/02/2020 from https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/french-railway-murders-more-clouseau-than-maigret-1133553.html

McQueen, Anna; Webster, Paul. (01/16/2000). Gay Riddle of Perpetual Suspect. The Observer. Retrieved 11/02/2020 from https://www.newspapers.com/image/259027974

BBC News. (11/12/1999). Rail death inquiry team visit Britain. Retrieved 11/04/2020 from http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/516633.stm

Henley, Jon. (05/20/2000). French Drifter Confesses to Killing Three Women. The Guardian.  Retrieved 11/05/2020 from https://www.newspapers.com/image/259572253/

Podcasts

BBC World Service. (10/23/2011). French Algerian Massacre. Witness History [Audio Podcast]. Retrieved 11/01/2020 from https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p00kpndb

History

Wikipedia contributors. (10/21/2020). Algerians in France. Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 10/31/2020 from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Algerians_in_France&oldid=984690373

Alsaafin, Linah. (05/26/2019). French Algerians on identity, discrimination, protests at ‘home’. Aljazeera. Retrieved 10/31/2020 from https://www.aljazeera.com/features/2019/5/26/french-algerians-on-identity-discrimination-protests-at-home

Encyclopedia Britannica. (n.d.). Maghreb. Retrieved 10/31/2020 from https://www.britannica.com/place/Maghreb

Maghreb Studies Association. (n.d.). The Word MAGHREB. Retrieved 10/31/2020 from http://www.maghreb-studies-association.co.uk/en/allhome.html

Wikipedia contributors. (2020, October 20). Algerian Civil War. In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 04:20, November 2, 2020, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Algerian_Civil_War&oldid=984442081

Wikipedia contributors. (2020, November 1). Paris massacre of 1961. In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 04:20, November 2, 2020, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Paris_massacre_of_1961&oldid=986602858

Encyclopedia Britannica. (n.d.). Algeria – Colonial Rule. Retrieved 11/02/2020 from https://www.britannica.com/place/Algeria/Colonial-rule

Purvis, Andrew. (Dec 2007). Marseille’s Ethnic Bouillabaisse. The Smithsonian Magazine. Retrieved 11/02/2020 from https://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/marseilles-ethnic-bouillabaisse-180191988/

Sherwood, Seth. (07/24/2009). Marseille Sways to a Maghreb Rhythm. The New York Times. Retrieved 11/02/2020 from https://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/26/travel/26next.html

Hoad, Phil. (06/08/2017). Corrupt, dangerous and brutal to its poor – but is Marseille the future of France? The Guardian. Retrieved 11/06/2020 from https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2017/jun/08/corrupt-dangerous-brutal-poor-marseille-future-france

Wikipedia contributors. (10/31/2020). Marseille. Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 11/02/2020 from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Marseille&oldid=986381309

Bensaid, Adam. (02/19/2020). France’s ‘Muslim’ problem and the unspoken racism at its heart. TRT World. Retrieved 11/06/2020 from https://www.trtworld.com/magazine/france-s-muslim-problem-and-the-unspoken-racism-at-its-heart-33939

Harris, Dustin Alan. (2018). Maghrebis in Marseille: North African Immigration and French Social Welfare in the Late Colonial and Postcolonial Eras. University of Toronto. Retrieved 11/06/2020 from https://tspace.library.utoronto.ca/bitstream/1807/89860/3/Harris_Dustin_A_201806_PhD_thesis.pdf

World Population Review. (n.d.). Marseille Population 2020. Retrieved 11/06/2020 from https://worldpopulationreview.com/world-cities/marseille-population

Wikipedia contributors. (09/19/2020). Women in Algeria. Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 11/06/2020 from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Women_in_Algeria&oldid=979177517

Wikipedia contributors. (09/01/2020). Algerian Family Code. Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 11/06/2020 from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Algerian_Family_Code&oldid=976217050

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