Thousands demand a pardon for woman who killed stepfather-turned-husband after he repeatedly raped her from the age of 12 and impregnated her four times – as she goes on trial for murder
- Thousands are demanding a pardon for a woman who killed her rapist stepfather
- Valérie Bacot, 40, suffered years of horrific abuse at the hands of Daniel Polette
- Polette was allegedly grooming their 14-year-old daughter for serial rape too
Thousands are demanding a pardon for a woman who killed her serial rapist stepfather after years of abuse which began when her first period started.
Valérie Bacot, 40, killed her stepfather-turned-husband Daniel Polette on March 13, 2016 after years of horrific abuse.
The abuse began when she was 12-years-old and she became pregnant with their first child when she was just 17.
Her stepfather repeatedly raped Bacot, fathering children with her and forcing her to marry him.
Bacot murdered Polette in March 2016 after an encounter with a particularly brutal client
Daniel Polette began raping his stepdaughter when she was just 12 and got her pregnant at the age of 17
He also reportedly brandished a gun and threatened Bacot and her children that he would kill them if they tried to get help.
Bacot was also pimped out in the family minivan. When she met clients, she claims he would constantly threaten her via an earpiece not to ask for help and he would also peer through the window to watch her.
But, she says her 14-year-old daughter – allegedly borne of rape – was being groomed by Polette and she feared her daughter would be prostituted too.
During an interview with Le Parisien, she said, ‘I deserve to go to jail, a very long time, that’s normal. But this trial is not only mine but that of “the other,”‘ referring to Polette.
Bacot goes on trial for murder next month and more than 400,000 people have signed a petition to ask Emmanuel Macron for a presidential pardon.
The case harkens back to Jacqueline Sauvage, a French woman who fatally shot her husband after years of abuse against her and her children.
But she won a presidential pardon after being sentenced to 10 years in prison for murder.
Bacot murdered Polette in March 2016 after an encounter with a particularly brutal client.
Bacot claims to have grabbed the loaded pistol that Polette kept next to the driver’s seat and shot him.
Speaking about the murder with Le Parisien, Bacot said: ‘There was a loud noise; the flash, the smell.
‘I got out of the car, opened the door, he fell. I thought only of saving myself because I was sure he was going to kill me.’
When Bacot told her eldest children that she had killed their father, they hugged her.
Two of her sons along with her daughter’s boyfriend helped her bury Polette’s remains in the forest.
Bacot claims she wanted to ‘pack down the earth like crazy with my hands’ because she was afraid he would ‘come out to kill us’.
When Bacot told her eldest children that she had killed their father, they hugged her
But she was eventually caught after the mother of her daughter’s boyfriend told police. Bacot was arrested in October 2017.
Ahead of the upcoming trial, Bacot appeared in a television interview that attracted 4.5million viewers.
She also detailed her horrific ordeal called ‘Tout le Monde Savait’, or ‘Everyone knew’.
Bacot’s lawyers Janine Bonaggiunta and Nathalie Tomasini in the preface to the book said: ‘Valérie was transformed by the extreme violence she suffered into a remote-controlled puppet who, against her will, became an object for her perverse husband.’
Her lawyers told The Daily Beast they are withdrawing from the media in the weeks leading up to trial to focus on the defence.
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