Nazi gold triggered massacre: Mom
Police officers search on the swampy bank of the river Aulne near the Caouissin's house in Pont-de-Buis-lès-Quimerch, western of France, on March 9, 2017 (AFP/GETTY IMAGES)
The brutal murders of a French family of four said Nazi gold stolen at the end of the Second World War triggered the massacre, a relative has revealed.
“This gold shattered everything,” the unnamed mother of Pascal Troadec told Le Parisien.
Troadec, his wife and two children were beaten to death allegedly by a jealous and greed relative.
The matriarch said her late husband found a cache of Nazi gold coins in 2006 while renovating an apartment. She told the paper she believes the gold vanished at the end of the war.
“[It was] perhaps stolen from the Bank of France during World War II,” she said.
The man hid it in the couple’s garage for safe keeping. But following her husband’s death in 2009, her son Pascal helped himself to the treasure.
The woman claimed the dead man “robbed his sister Lydie” — charged as an accomplice to her husband, Hubert Caouissin, who confessed to the slayings.
She said that Pascal told the family he had invested the cash and taunted “they couldn’t touch it.”
And they began flaunting their new luxe lifestyle, the mother said.
Eventually, Caouissin’s simmering anger boiled over.
But cops aren’t so sure the mother’s claim is the truth.
“It’s only an assertion for now,” one detective said.