Chris Hutchins

Love Until Death: The twisted true story of Alexandre Despallières

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Expected release date is 16th Jul 2024

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The incredibly elaborate but all-true story of the psychopathic international fraudster, who charmed his victims to death

The twisted true story of Alexandre Despallieres

Alexandre Despallières bewitched many people with his poisonous charm. A popstar in France during the 80s, one of his hits was fittingly entitled L'Amour à Mort...

Posing as a billionaire businessman dying of cancer, Despallières seduced and married former Warner Music boss Peter Ikin in 2008. Just one month later, Ikin died of an overdose of paracetamol, and Despallières inherited his estate through a forged will.

Around the same time, he was also involved with one of the most powerful lawyers in France, Olivier Metzner. Metzner committed suicide in 2014; police believe he was being blackmailed by a 'former long-time lover'. Other suspected victims include both of Despallières' own parents and the Hollywood heiress Marcelle Becker, who formally adopted Despallières in 2005.

Despallières died of Covid in 2022, just before he was due to stand trial for Peter Ikin's murder. In Love until Death, Chris Hutchins - who knew the accused personally - explores the life and suspected crimes of the darkly charismatic Alexandre Despallières.

Author: Chris Hutchins

Paperback  Published 16 July 2024  320 pages

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