"He looked like a bloody mannequin"
Édouard Stern was a prominent French investment banker and a billionaire who was murdered in his Geneva apartment on March 1, 2005. The murder was committed by his former mistress, Cécile Brossard, who was also known as Laetitia Toureaux.
Édouard Stern was born in France in 1954 and was the heir to a large fortune. He studied law and business in France before moving to the United States to pursue his career in finance. He worked for a number of prestigious financial firms in New York before returning to France in the late 1980s.
In the 1990s, Édouard Stern became one of the wealthiest men in France and was known for his lavish lifestyle. He was married and had three children, but he also had a string of mistresses. One of these mistresses was Cécile Brossard, a former prostitute whom he met in a Paris nightclub in 1997.
The relationship between Édouard Stern and Cécile Brossard was tumultuous, and they frequently fought. Despite this, Édouard Stern continued to give her large sums of money and gifts, including a luxury apartment in Geneva.
On the night of March 1, 2005, Cécile Brossard visited Édouard Stern at his Geneva apartment. They argued, and she shot him four times with a pistol. She then fled the scene and was eventually captured in Milan, Italy, a few days later.
During her trial, Cécile Brossard claimed that Édouard Stern had physically and emotionally abused her and that she killed him in self-defense. However, the prosecution argued that the murder was premeditated and that Cécile Brossard killed Édouard Stern for financial gain.
In 2008, Cécile Brossard was found guilty of murder and sentenced to life in prison. The case attracted widespread media attention due to the wealth and status of the victim and the sensational nature of the crime.