Thierry Tilly: The guru who manipulated a whole millionaire family

In 2012, the trial against Thierry Tilly took place. This character, who may seem rather normal, was responsible for one of the biggest scams perpetrated in France, and one of the most cruel kidnappings.

Known to the French press as Leonardo da Vinci for his brainwashing, Tilly was tasked with manipulating and robbing one of the oldest aristocratic families in Gallic land, the Védrines.

The story of how he got to know these nobles and deceived them to the point that he could do whatever he wanted with them. leaves you breathless. This is such an aberrant case of mind manipulation that it can only be understood in its fullness if this article continues to be read.

    Thierry Tilly, the case of the Monflanquin guru

    The story of a decade of psychological manipulation begins in Paris, in 1999. One of the members of the old Védrines family, Ghislaine, is the one who had the bad luck to meet the brainwashing guru, and who served as a Trojan horse for Thierry Tilly, letting him know his wealthy family.

    Ghislaine was looking for someone to help her evolve her Paris headquarters from her computer systems secretarial school. A friend of his, a lawyer, recommended the services of Thierry Tilly, who had extensive knowledge of the subject. It is curious to know that Ghislaine de Védrines and Tilly met because of a simple debt. The friend of | he had recommended Tilly’s services to him because Tilly owed him money, and working for d’Védrines would pay off a debt.

    When they first met, Ghislaine was bewitched by Tilly’s own appearance, which led her to make what was possibly the worst mistake of her life: trusting him. Ghislaine began to tell her some personal details of her life, such as the fact that her husband was depressed. or that his son showed no sign of wanting to prosper in life. He also explained how a tense situation unfolded in Védrines’ family due to his father’s inheritance in 1995.

    In 2000, Ghislaine invited Thierry Tilly to a festival in Monflanquin, of which she was the main organizer. Ghislaine proposed to him to go to the castle which had his family in this locality and thus to give him the opportunity to know him. Védrines’ family was not very close, and this is probably what allowed Tilly to gain more influence over her over time. This meeting was the precise moment which allowed him to act and forever change the destiny of those of Védrines.

    The Védrines family was then made up of the following members. Ghislaine and her husband, Jean Marchand, as well as their children, François and Guillemette. The brothers of |, Charles-Henri, a local gynecologist and politician, and Philippe, a retired Shell Oil executive. His wives were Christine and Brigitte, and the children of Christine and Charles-Henri: Diana, Amaury and Guillaume. The matriarch of the family was Guillemette d’Adhemar.

    Psychological manipulation begins

    Taking advantage of the family reunification situation, Thierry Tilly revealed to the family what his real mission was. He had not met Ghislaine in Paris to help him with his computer systems, but to warn them. to her and her loved ones for the danger in which they were running. He told them that he was a special agent in the service of France and that he even had relations with NATO.

    After a while, and gaining greater confidence in the Védrines family, he finishes exposing the threat to the whole. He informed the family that they were the descendants of an ancient branch belonging to the Order of the Temple, Called “L’équilibri du monde” (The equilibrium of the world). This organization was responsible for ensuring that the world did not end when the most evil forces in Hell appeared.

    Strange as it may sound, eleven family members, from grandchildren to grandmother, believed Tilly’s stories and began to obey her views and recommendations. Who did not believe in this fantasy was |, Jean Marchand’s husband. He never trusted Tilly and even went so far as to think he and his wife were having an affair. He tried to convince Ghislaine that they were being cheated, but she didn’t listen to him and, obeying Tilly. Eventually, she divorced Marchand, forbidding him to return.

    Indeed, from this moment, Jean Marchand is considered as a persona non grata in the Védrines family, performing a ritual of dishonor in front of Marchand, which consists in throwing a glove and a bouquet of dried flowers. In this way, Marchand was recognized by the family as a member of the evil, forces that wanted to kill those in Védrines and steal their fortune. Marchand returned to Paris, but saw on his arrival that his bank accounts had been emptied by Ghislaine, at the request of Thierry Tilly.

    At this point, the damage was already done. The family was immersed in the charm of the guru. He ordered them to empty all their bank accounts and give the money to a mysterious organization called the Blue Light Foundation. If they did, Tilly told them they would be able to stay safe under the protection of this foundation. The money would go to Jacques Gonzalez, the organization’s boss, who would use the money to build hospitals in China.

    The dismantling of a fortune

    For nearly ten years, all the wealth of the Vedrines was dismantled to end up in this mysterious organization which, of course, was a scam. The money went to Tilly and Jacques Gonzalez to afford all kinds of luxuries, various residences, expensive wines, cars and watches, and a relaxed lifestyle. The swindled fortune was around 5 million eurosI’m going to spend most of this money in the Cayman Islands.

    But the economic scam is not the great evil committed by Thierry Tilly. This picturesque character, who if observed by the photos looks like a normal, normal and ordinary man, managed to carry out the kidnapping of the whole family, of his own free will.

    In 2003, he managed to convince the family to leave their castle in Monflanquin and move to a residence in a nearby town called Talade. They lived there imprisoned from that same year until 2008. Thierry Tilly forbade them to use calendars and clocks. This way, guaranteed that the eleven members of those removed Vedrines would be completely disoriented. he wanted them isolated from the world.

    At this point in the story, the fact that the family paid attention to Tilly was explained because, seen as a true guru in part because of the sacrifices he was ordered to make, if he was telling them to do something, they saw it. as a truth that undoubtedly had to be realized.

    The case begins to spread in the media

    It is from the year 2008 when, following the strange events which happened to those of Védrines, and especially the denunciations of Jean Marchand, that the press started to spread what was then a rumor. Already known under the name of “prisoners of Monflanquin” (the prisoners of Monflanquin), the solitary and isolated life of those of Védrines is made known.

    This was taken advantage of by Tilly, who used it to give strength to the Dark Forces story, which manifested itself in “lies” that had been kidnapped. Already having a certain notoriety in the local press, Thierry Tilly decided to move the whole family to Oxford, UK. In this way, he would be able to avoid risks, remove them from any family ties with outsiders and keep the situation under control with the press.

    Tilly’s word on those of Védrines was already absolute, and he took the opportunity to put them against each other, so that he could have even more control over the family and, moreover, avoid any escape. He even made the Védrines brothers believe that one of them, Amaury, had pedophile tendencies. To others who among them had infiltrated the Freemasons. same this must scare them away from anyone outside, as harmless as that may be to appear.

    The torture stage

    This is when the worst-case scenario arises, which served in the trial to add torture and barbaric acts to the indictment against Thierry. Tilly. After the family reunited in Oxford, he instructed one of the members, Christine, to travel to Brussels, where he was expected to collect treasure deposited in a Belgian bank account. Christine, named by Tilly as the Chosen One, had the mission to lead and, with it, they could reach the place where the secret was to save the world.

    Tilly this made her believe that she had been chosen by a mysterious network of great international personalities and whose leader was Jacques Gonzalez, who was said to have been directly linked to the then King of Spain, Juan Carlos I. While the mission was underway, the rest of the family would survive by doing work far from their comfort. : gardeners, waiters, traders, cleaners …

    Despite the mission entrusted to Christine, she was not told where to go to find the treasure, nor about the bank account number. This is why when Christine returned from Belgium, she did so empty-handed. Tilly took the opportunity and, to gain even more control over the family, got angry, accusing Christine of the family’s misery, and decided that she would be punished in a particularly cruel way.

    Christine’s husband, Charles-Herni, and Ghislaine were in charge of torturing following the guru’s orders. The torture was to keep Christine from falling asleep, pinching her earlobes, As they sat across from her on a stool. He made them believe that Christine did not want to cooperate or was too weak to carry out the mission and that for that she had to suffer.

    Also, to reduce her to a simple animal, Tilly only allowed her to do certain things at the expense of others. If Christine drank water, she lost the right to go to the bathroom. When she needed to urinate, she had to do so in isolation, in front of her husband and sister-in-law. Thierry Tilly visited her, furious, threatening her. She told him that she would never see her children again and that she would be handed over to Senegalese soldiers.. He was physically assaulted.

    Tilly’s arrest

    Fortunately, the beginning of the end of this hell happened in 2008. Philippe, Christine’s brother-in-law, was the first to leave Oxford. She returned to her country in July this year and once there, she contacted Jean Marchand, ex-husband of |, and Daniel Picotin, a lawyer specializing in sects. In March of the following year, Christine also managed to break free from her shackles, while leaving behind her husband and children.

    Although years before Jean Marchand reported the case to Welsh authorities, French police he could not have done anything without the special testimony of those who had been brainwashed. Fortunately, with Philippe absent, they already had enough evidence to begin the search and capture of Thierry Tilly. British police have also decided to cooperate by intervening on the phone at the Oxford residence.

    In this way, Tilly unknowingly informed the police that she would soon be making a trip to Switzerland. An international arrest warrant was signed against the guru, who was finally arrested in Zurich on October 21, 2009. However, despite Leonardo da Vinci’s arrest for the manipulation, Védrines’ family was still under his influence.

    It is from there that begins a therapeutic process of recovery of the spirit of those of Védrines. Daniel Picotin began two missions of what is called the exit advice, a technique invented by Steven Hassan in 1978 that serves to disconnect the washed-out minds of people who have been trapped in cults. Recalling memories from before his slavery, Picotin managed to get family members to slowly get their feet back on the ground.

    Psychological explanation of the case

    According to one of the most important psychiatrists in France, Dr Daniel Zagury, Thierry Tilly followed to the letter everything that is done by the great manipulators, Which can be found in front of sects and similar groups. According to Zagury, Tilly completed the following phases when she was with the Védrines family, bringing them to the brink of insanity.

    first was responsible for identifying and leveraging each member’s weaknesses. Then, taking advantage of this, he sowed fear with conspiracy theories, assuring the family that the forces of evil were pursuing them. To reinforce his image as an omniscient guru, he made sure he had answers for everything. Finally, in order to enslave family members, he was responsible for severing all ties with the outside world and also with other relatives, making them doubt their personal lives.

    The segrest event, leading the family to Oxford, assured them total control both physically and mentally over each member of those in Védrines. Moreover, banning the use of clocks and calendars, preventing them from knowing what time and what day it was, has succeeded in disorienting and changing their conception of the passage of time.

    During the trial, Thierry Tilly was psychologically assessed. Far from finding the mind of a person suffering from a psychotic disorder, we have seen that Tilly was very talented and extremely intelligent. He had a very good memory.

    Judges and Sentences

    The trial against Thierry Tilly took place in Bordeaux on October 4, 2012. Tilly appeared there as if he were a priest, with the unusual accessory of rimless glasses. The event lasted for about 7 hours, during which the accused did not appear as worried as one might expect from a person accused of brainwashing, kidnapping, torture and other acts. barbarism.

    At that time, the French and international press already said the guru of Monflanquin, and the fact that he defrauded three generations of those of Védrines was widely known in the French country. The 5 million euros swindled from the aristocrats were also known. During the trial were 10 of the 11 members who had undergone all of Tilly’s manipulations. The matriarch, Guillemette d’Adhemar, died in 2010.

    November 13, 2012 Thierry Tilly and his accomplice Jacques Gonzalez were found guilty of brainwashing, In addition to various tortures and kidnappings. Tilly was sentenced to 8 years, while Gonzalez was sentenced to 4. In addition, the two were forced to pay back all the swindled fortune. Unfortunately, of all the wealth of those of Védrines, only 220,000 euros could be recovered, suspecting that there are many more in the Cayman Islands.

    Thierry Tilly’s lawyer, Alexandre Novion, criticized the sentence, saying it was too harsh and constituted a sample of libertarian jurisprudence. He criticized the fact that in this case there would have been the intervention of psychologists and psychiatrists, in addition to indicating that he was prepared to take the case to the European Court of Human Rights. Also, the lawyer said that it was really Jacques Gonzalez the manipulator, being Tilly as victim as those of Védrines.

    After being incarcerated, Thierry Tilly never had the same cell mates for a long time, to prevent him from manipulating them, and he hardly received any visitors. He refused to see his father, mainly because it was he who helped during the trial to refute many of the stories the guru had told those of Védrines and the investigators. Tilly claimed her father was a commando bus and her mother was a skating champion. The truth is that Mr. Tilly was a retired army chief and his wife was an authorized comaresse.

    Bibliographical references:

    • Hassan, SA; Shah, MJ (2019). The anatomy of undue influence used by terrorist cults and traffickers to induce helplessness and trauma, thus creating false identities. Ethics, medicine and public health. 8: 97-107.

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