Le Baron Noir (the Black Baron) is a very suiting name for a Belgian man of nobility that funded, supported and fomented a fascist underground, which was involved in all kinds of suspicious and criminal activities during the Cold War. It is even more fitting for a Belgian man of nobility that has been directly accused of the abuse and in one case of murder of children by no less than five victim-witnesses. That man is Benoit de Bonvoisin.
Two brothers of the Lippens family have been accused of child abuse from several sources. Will these accusations ever be thoroughly investigated is yet to be determined.
Did X1 witness, compelled to murder, Katrien De Cuyper at Castle Kattenhof in 1991? We won't know for sure unless the investigation is reopened with the knowledge of X1's testimony is still credible even though minor details have differed. With all the connections between the people accused by X1 are put into view, it enhances the case rather than discredit it.
X1 apparently witnessed Carine "Clo" Dellaert's murder, at which she saw similar people involved in murders of other girls. The life of Carine is briefly examined and X1's testimony is determined to have been credible.
“You don’t believe that they [Haemers gang] did these robberies with the four or five of them? To pull off something like that you need an army of accomplices! Well-placed accomplices." (December 1993, quote of Etienne Delhuvenne)
"Marc had accurately sensed that he would benefit from continuing to see Nihoul, because of his connections and those of his wife, the lawyer[Annie Bouty]." (PV 2739, October 9, 1996, testimony of Michelle Martin, ex-wife of Marc Dutroux)
"I met Nihoul in a restaurant in Brussels. 'I am the Monster of Belgium,' he roared at me by way of greeting. He is confident he will never come to trial and that the evidence against him will never be heard by any jury. During the course of our meal he, apparently playfully, grabbed me, tickling, and finally pulled me over on to him in the restaurant booth until I had to appeal to my colleagues for rescue." (May 5, 2002, Olenka Frenkiel for The Guardian, 'Belgium's silent heart of darkness')
"If you want to keep a little bit informed, then go to the Philippe Baucq street no. 140, to the Dolo. You might learn something about the champignoniere..." (PV 33797, April 27, 1987, quote from an anonymous informant to the Etterbeek police, during the investigation into the murder of Christine Van Hees in 1984.)
"[Guy] Collignon explained to me that the investigation [into the murder of Christine] was evolving towards important, high level people. He said it would be better to leave those people alone, that he would soon be promoted and that he would probably not be involved anymore in the investigation." (P.V. 100.450, January 19, 1997, quote of Michel Van Hees, the brother of Christine) (Note: Guy Collignon was a visitor of Les Atrebates, which was the predecessor of the Dolo, which he also would visit.
All roads in the Dutroux affair, lead to Jean-Michel Nihoul.