His status as an expert in his field led him to be called as a guest speaker for trainees at the National Academy of French Judicial Police and regularly visited the country to give speeches on his experiences.
However, in January, an anonymous collective called “4th Eye” or “4th Eye” posted a series of videos on YouTube accusing Bourgoin of lying, and the story quickly became a sensation in France given its public profile. . The videos have since been deleted from YouTube, but remain on the collective’s official website.
A 4th Eye spokesperson told CNN that they started investigating Bourgoin in August 2019 after discussing his work in a Facebook group dedicated to criminal cases.
Group members suspected Bourgoin of having plagiarized books originally written in English and noticed inconsistent dates or inconsistencies from one of his books to another, the spokesman said.
“His television interviews convinced us that he was really inventing everything,” they told CNN.
“It is true that when I was in the public eye, I sometimes embellished, extrapolated, exaggerated my importance because I always had the deep feeling of not really” being loved “. “
One of the fabrications concerns a woman who was murdered in 1976 in Los Angeles, in the United States.
Bourgoin had said for years that it was his wife who had been killed, but it was in fact a bartender he had met five or six times.
“It is quite true that I voluntarily hid his identity,” he said.
Bourgoin also admitted to hosting a meeting with serial killer Charles Manson and explained why he confesses now.
“It weighed heavily on me for two or three years,” he said. “Very strangely, there is the relief of having told the truth, and of the shame, a will to redeem myself, never to speak nonsense like that again in public.
The spokesperson for “4th Eye” told CNN that he wanted Bourgoin to stop working in the field.
“We sincerely doubt that his apologies, although he has made them, are indeed sincere,” they said.