A chilling new theory about the mysterious murder of a British family in the Alps suggests four victims were killed in a “psychotic attack”.

A SHOCKING new theory about the mysterious murder of a British family in the French Alps suggests the four victims were killed in a ‘psychotic attack’.

British businessman Saad al-Hilli, 50, his wife Iqbal, 47, and mother-in-law Suhaila al-Allaf, 74, were executed at point-blank range in their BMW in September 2012.

The al-Hill family's maroon car was riddled with bullets

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The al-Hill family’s maroon car was riddled with bulletsPhoto credit: Doug Seeburg – The Sun
Saad Al-Hilli was killed along with his wife Ikbal and mother-in-law Suhaila Al-Allaf

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Saad Al-Hilli was killed along with his wife Ikbal and mother-in-law Suhaila Al-AllafPhoto credit: AFP

Their two daughters – Zainab, who was seven at the time, and Zeena, who was four – survived, while French cyclist Sylvain Mollier, a 45-year-old father of three, was found dead in a startling murder next to the family car French and British investigators for almost a decade.

Now a report from a British psychologist asked to help with the investigation revealed the killings may have been entirely indiscriminate.

The unnamed medic concluded that the killer was a local resident and most likely a male in his 30s or 40s.

The expert claimed the heinous attack was an isolated incident by a deranged loner.

“I envision the theory that the perpetrator of the Chevaline attacks acted out of motives of his own, in this case entirely independent of the victims,” ​​reads the report, published in the French newspaper Le Parisien.

Earlier this month, Zainab – now 16 – revealed dramatic new details that could help finally solve the cold case.

French investigators told Le Parisien that Zainab gave “a testimony of unique precision about the drama” in June.

She told how the family was on holiday enjoying a drive through the mountains near the village of Chevaline when they pulled over and Zainab got out of the car with her father.

She recalled seeing cyclist Mollier and while other family members got out of the car, “shots rang out”.

Zainab was ordered back into the car by her parents, but then the gunman grabbed the girl from behind.

“She first thought it was her father, but then saw the white skin and bare hands of her attacker and realized it couldn’t be him.

“Zainab fought back but couldn’t get out of his grip. According to her, the killer was wearing long pants and a leather jacket.”

Zainab was then pistol whipped and passed out after suffering multiple facial injuries.

She later made a full recovery and returned to the UK, where she now resides.

It came as sources close to the case sensationally told Le Parisien that Brett Martin, an Englishman who came across the bodies while cycling, is still considered a suspect.

Martin, a former RAF officer, now 63, was the first to spot Zainab stumbling around a BMW on 5 September 2012 in a remote strip of land near Lake Annecy in eastern France.

In January, a local businessman was arrested again and released.

Original investigations focused on a financial dispute in the UK between Saad, from Claygate, Surrey, and his accountant brother, Zaid, who was arrested in 2013 on conspiracy to murder before being released without charge.

Zaid has always maintained his innocence.

A year later, police investigated dark theories that Iraqi-born Saad was killed over links to ousted tyrant Saddam Hussein and arrested a suspected Iraqi hitman, who was also released – but they turned out to be false.

The shootings happened near Lake Annecy in France

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The shootings happened near Lake Annecy in FrancePhoto credit: Doug Seeburg – The Sun
Police raided the Al-Hilli family home in 2012

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Police raided the Al-Hilli family home in 2012Photo Credit: Simon Jones – Newsgroup Newspapers

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