The Children's Crusade

After the abused bodies of 8-year-olds Julie Lejeune and Mélissa Russo were unearthed from the backyard of alleged child pornographer Marc Dutroux, in 1996, sympathizers brought flowers and signs to the victims' homes. One read: DEATH TO DUTROUX, so Mélissa's mom asked its bearer to leave. "We never thought our daughter's murder should lead to more hate," says Carine Russo. "It should help improve other people's lives."

Shortly after Dutroux was arrested, the Russos and the Lejeunes started Julie et Mélissa,...

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