Husband Admits Chopping Wife’s Head Off, Dumping It In Park Made Famous By Netflix Show ‘Emily In Paris’

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Feb. 27 2023, Published 12:18 p.m. ET

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A French man admitted he chopped his wife's head off and then scattered her dismembered body throughout a park in Paris, officials said.

On Feb. 6, Assia Matoug, a mother of three from Montreuil, was reported missing and her phone was turned off, the Daily Star reported.

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A week later, on Feb. 13, gardeners at the historic Buttes-Chaumont Park, which was featured in the Netflix hit series Emily in Paris, made the horrifying discovery of a woman’s pelvis stashed in a plastic bag and thrown into a garbage bin.

An investigation was launched in the park, where detectives also found the victim's head in a second trash bag.

Assia’s husband, Yousef Matoug, allegedly has confessed to fatally attacking his wife and trying to hide her body in the park, according to the Daily Star.

Yousef Matoug, a former supermarket worker, told investigators he didn't want to kill his wife, but a routine domestic dispute grew out of control, the publication reported.

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One neighbor told Daily Star the family was well liked and respected in the neighborhood and “there was no sign of friction” between Assia and Yousef.

Yousef Matoug’s attorney, Dominique Beyreuther-Minkov, said his client is “devastated” and “there was no violent history in the couple.”

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He added that the suspect “has always denied that he intended to kill his wife” and “on the night of the events, he found himself unable to tell his children that their mother's death was his fault."

The couple’s three children, ages 8, 14 and 16, are currently in the custody of extended family.


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