Man hunt: what happens in the head of Martin Carpentier?

Chasse à l’homme: que se passe-t-il dans la tête de Martin Carpentier?

Difficult to know what is going on in the head of Martin Carpentier, the father of the two girls found dead in a wooded area of Saint-Apollinaire, on the run since Wednesday evening.

According to the psychiatrist Gilles Chamberland, two typical situations can explain that a parent kidnaps his or her children.

“The first is those who think that they will be able to save with the child and re-build their lives somewhere abroad. […] The other way of thinking, it is individuals who are discouraged, who want to commit suicide and who want to bring the children with them”, explains the expert.

In the case of Martin Carpentier, the lack of information on the circumstances surrounding the death of Norah and Romy Carpentier prevents them from understanding the actions and state of mind of the father of the family.

“If this is someone who had simply said “stay there, I’ll be back”, that is, someone who is distraught now,” says Chamberland.

“The temperatures have been extreme, it had to be horrible for these kids”, he adds.

The psychiatrist believes that in this case, the father could ignore the fact that his daughters are deceased, and could have the intention to return to look for.

In the case where the man would have had the intention of taking his life, however, it may be in an entirely different state of mind.

“If it is the other hypothesis of someone who had the intent to commit suicide and kill his children before, there may just be more dangerous, more at risk for suicide, yet more ready to do anything,” warns Gilles Chamberland.

Listen to the full interview in the video above.

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