A French policeman confessed to being an infamous serial killer and rapist in the 1980s and 1990s – in his suicide note.

The 59-year-old cop, who’s been identified by French media as Francois Verove, was found dead in a seaside resort apartment in Le Grau-du-Roi, France on Wednesday. He had apparently written the suicide note before overdosing on pills. In the note, he admitted to being the murderer known as “Le Grêlé” or “the pockmarked man,” named for witnesses’ descriptions of acne scars on his face.

“I admit being a great criminal who committed unforgivable acts until the end of the 1990s,” he wrote in his suicide note. He reportedly wrote that he was “not well in life” during the time of the murders, but “got himself together” later in life.

A post-mortem test confirmed that Verove’s DNA matched evidence found at Le Grêlé’s suspected crime scenes, according to prosecutors.

Le Grêlé was blamed for four murders and six rapes over more than a decade. His murder victims include a student Karine Leroy, 19; a mechanic Gilles Politi, 38, and his family’s au pair Irmgard Muller, 21.

One of his victims, Cecile Bloch, was only 11 years old when she was raped and murdered in 1986. She disappeared after leaving for school and was later found in the basement of her apartment building naked, wrapped in a carpet and stabbed in the chest. Witnesses said they remembered seeing a man with a pockmarked face in the elevator of the building.

“He seemed very sure of himself. He spoke to me in a very bold, very polite way, too. He said something to me like, ‘Have a very, very good day,’” Cecilia’s older half-brother, Luc Richard, told Sud Ouest in 2015.

Verove had evaded the police for decades, but his suicide and comes after investigators were closing in on their search for Le Grêlé. In several of his attacks, he had identified himself as a French military policeman, and witnesses reported that he had been driving a white car, which helped investigators narrow their search.

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