posted on Jan, 21 2013 @ 07:35 PM
Interesting article from Nov 2012 (not sure if any of this has been mentioned yet).
According to the report, Mollier the cyclist was the first person to catch the assassin’s wrath. Investigators had initially proceeded on
the theory that the cyclist, who was on paternity leave from Crezus, a company that supplies equipment to nuclear-power plants, had unwittingly come
upon a murder in progress. Mollier was a plant supervisor for the division that does research and development into zirconium products with allegedly
distant ties to Iran.
Mollier had been shot, it was originally thought, only because he was a witness to the carnage. But after meticulous forensic analyses of the blood
splatters on the bodies and especially the soles of the victims’ feet, investigators now know with certainty that al-Hilli and his daughter Zainab
were outside the family car when Mollier was shot. The cyclist’s blood was on al-Hilli’s pant leg and on the soles of his daughter’s feet, even
though al-Hilli was shot through the window as he sat in the driver seat.
So the family were outside the car. The cyclist was apparently shot first.
But still, it doesn't explain who the INTENDED victims were? Maybe the killer(s) was talking to the family, ready to kill them, but the cyclist came
past and would have been witness to something and thus needed eliminating before the guns were turned on the family.
Or maybe the intended victim was the cyclist and the family were in the wrong place at the wrong time, but it doesn't really explain why the cyclists
blood would be on the girl.
But the article also mentions this (regarding the British Iraqi - the father - Saad al-Hilli):
Since the bodies were discovered, investigators have focused their attention on Saad al-Hilli, whose curious past and actions before he was
killed suggested a man on the run. Rumors of secret Swiss bank accounts and hidden property, coupled with the discovery of a Taser gun and the fact
that he changed the locks on his Surrey home before packing up the family camper and heading to France fed conspiracy theories that he was the
assassin’s target. U.K. tabloids reported that he was on a British special-forces watch list prior to the Iraq war in 2003, though confirmation of
that is elusive. Even the discovery of a phone message on al-Hilli’s phone from a worried teacher at the daughters’ school, wondering why they
hadn’t turned up for the first day of class, seemed to underscore that the trip to France was spontaneous, and therefore suspicious. Al-Hilli, born
in Iraq, spent a lot of time ranting in anti-Semitic online chatrooms, according to family friends, which helped fuel the fire.
Just as suspicious and it doesn't make it any clearer who the intended victim is, despite the cyclist being shot first - Saad apparently didn't inform
the school that they were leaving, he changed the locks and wasn't their mention of him appearing anxious to a neighbour before leaving? Where did I
Anyway, coming back to the cyclist and the shooting:
The first shots at Mollier didn’t kill him, based on his autopsy report and his trail of blood on the ground. Instead, investigators
theorize that the assassin disabled the cyclist—perhaps intentionally keeping him alive—and then turned fire to the al-Hillis. According to the
report, Saad al-Hilli then scrambled back into the family car, locked the doors and frantically threw the vehicle into reverse, backing into a muddy
bank where the rear axel got stuck. Little Zainab never made it back into the car. The assassin then pistol-whipped and shot her before turning to
al-Hilli, his wife, and mother-in-law, shooting them while they were in the car, and finishing each off with two shots to the forehead. Then,
according to the investigators’ theory, the assassin went back to Mollier and fired the final two fatal shots into the cyclist’s cranium. They
believe the assassin then searched the body and moved it closer to the car before escaping.
So a professional killing, two shots each to the family, with the exception of the little girl, who was shot in the shoulder. And then mention of the
cyclist being searched.
edit on 21-1-2013 by mr-lizard because: typo