Van Kempen--the sister-in-law of a well-known
French actor--has been arrested in connection
with the murder of the man's daughter and her
girlfriend, London's Daily Telegraph reported Tuesday.
Nearly a year ago, the bodies of Roland Giraud's
daughter, Geraldine, and her lover, Katia
Lherbier, were found in a drainage well near the
actor's country house south of Paris. "The French media are
speculating that the two may have died in a 'crime of
passion' when Van Kempen, a singing teacher, allegedly
became her niece's rival for the affections of
Lherbier, who sang with a pop-jazz group called
Pondichery," the newspaper reported.
At the time of the women's disappearance, Van
Kempen shared her home with Lherbier, to whom she had
been giving voice lessons, the newspaper reported.
Investigators searched the basement of Van
Kempen's home and found chloroform, which had been
used in the killings. They held her for questioning.
In addition, witnesses have come forth to report they saw
Van Kempen engaged in discussions with two other suspects,
Jean-Pierre Treiber and his then-girlfriend, a few
days before the murders, the newspaper reported.
Treiber has been detained on murder charges. Van
Kempen's lawyer told reporters on Monday that his
client "denies any participation in the murder of her
niece and Katia Lherbier. She protests her innocence and is
sure that future investigation will establish the truth.''