Laëtitia (Netflix): discover the true story of the news item that inspired the series

In September 2020, viewers discovered Laetitiamini-series from the multi-award-winning director Jean-Xavier de Lestrade. Two years after its broadcast, Netflix offers its subscribers to (re)watch this fiction in six episodes, adapted from a book, Laëtitia or the end of men by Ivan Jablonka, who looks back on a moving true story…

The true story of the news item that inspired the series Laetitia

Whether in the field of fiction or documentary, Jean-Xavier de Lestrade does not hesitate to tackle difficult or even taboo subjects. This time, and this is not the first news item he has adapted for the screen, he has chosen to direct Laetitiawhich recounts the assassination of the young Laetitia Perrais (Marie Colomb in the series), 18 years old, by Tony Meilhon (Noam Morgensztern) on the night of January 18 to 19, 2011 in Pornic in Loire-Atlantique. The miniseries scrupulously follows the different stages of the investigation but also returns, during flashbacks, to the childhood of Laëtitia and her twin sister Jessica (Sophie Breyer), who were entrusted at their 13 years to a foster family, Gilles (Sam Karmann) and Michelle (Clotilde Mollet) Patron, in 2005. The following year, Gilles begins to sexually assault Jessica. In 2010, Léa, Laëtitia’s best friend, filed a complaint against the man for assault. In 2014, he was sentenced to eight years in prison by the Loire-Atlantique Assize Court for rape and sexual assault on five victims, including Jessica.

The continuation under this advertisement

Tony Meilhon sentenced for the murder of Laëtitia Perrais

In 2011, Laetitia Perrais Works alternately at the Hôtel de Nantes in La Bernerie-en-Retz in order to prepare for her CAP as a waitress, which she follows in a training center in Saint-Nazaire. On January 18, during her afternoon break, the young woman saw Jonathan, a friend from Machecoul high school, who took her for a ride in his car. Then, she heads for the beach and meets Tony Meilhon who makes him smoke a joint. They then go together to the Barbe Blues bar. Laëtitia then resumes her service at 6:30 p.m. Her boss, on arriving, sees her in the parking lot with Tony Meilhon. The latter picks up Laëtitia when she leaves work at 10 p.m. At the end of the investigation, the gendarmes of the research section of AngersThey established that Laëtitia and Tony Meilhon went to two different bars before he took her to his caravan and raped her. Then he takes her back to his scooter. At the Hôtel de Nantes, Anthony Deslandes, the son of Laëtitia’s boss, sees the young woman around 1 a.m. arguing with Tony Meilhon. He then sees the latter’s car start quickly after the departure of Laëtitia’s scooter.

The continuation under this advertisement

On the morning of January 19, Jessica discovers the overturned scooter of Laetitia a few dozen meters from their home. Tony Meilhon was taken into custody on January 20. The investigators discover blood from the young woman in the trunk of the man’s car, as well as, in the place where his caravan is parked, an earring belonging to Lætitia. Meilhon denies any involvement. On February 1, the gendarmes found the victim’s head and limbs in a pond (the trunk would not be discovered until April 9). The murderer initially maintains that he involuntarily hit Laëtitia and her scooter. In reality, after having knocked her down, he struck her, strangled her to death, then stabbed her about forty times before cutting her up and placing the trunk on the one hand, and the head and limbs on the other. in two ponds 50 km apart. In June 2013, he was sentenced to life imprisonment, accompanied by a 22-year security sentence.

Leave a Comment