Greek police are questioning on Thursday the husband of Caroline Crouch for her brutal murder on May 11 in Athens.
Earlier on Thursday, a memorial service for the victim was held on the island of Alonnisos. After the service, 32-year-old Babis Anagnostopoulos was escorted by a homicide division group back to the Attica police headquarters in Athens (GADA) for additional testimony.
During a briefing, police spokesperson Apostolos Skrekas said, “There is new evidence which requires explanations. The investigation’s facts cannot be held up. For this reason, a homicide division group went to Alonnisos today.”
He added, “We waited, however, for the memorial service to end, and then the 32-year-old husband was transferred to GADA. This could have occurred yesterday, but we respected his wish to attend the memorial service.”
Anagnostopoulos has been testifying at GADA all day. According to reports, the new evidence is centered on three new findings:
- The biometric watch that Crouch wore on her wrist, which recorded her pulses at a time when her husband’s testimony should have shown that there was no sign of life in the 20-year-old.
- The timing of the removal of the memory cards from the security cameras of the house, which laboratory data, show happened at a different time than what Anagnostopoulos stated in his original testimony to the police.
- The “suspicious” activity recorded on his cell phone at the time of the murder, when he claimed to have been tied up and immobilized.
According to reports, the police have now excluded the possibility that the murder of Crouch was committed by three burglars by suffocation, after they had tied up and gagged her husband in the next room.
The Crouch murder took place at Glyka Nera, a rapidly-growing suburb in the northeastern part of Athens.
The Greek police had been puzzled over several crucial issues regarding the murder of the 20-year-old woman next to her 11-month-old toddler in the early hours of May 11.
The perpetrator of the crime also killed the family’s dog before breaking in to stop it from alerting the neighbors.
Although the analysis of the crime scene seems to indicate that there was an intrusion into the house, the evidence from that is negligible compared to other robbery cases.
There were no fingerprints on the scene, no DNA samples to indicate struggle or sexual assault, no camera footage, nor were there any cell phone records.
The second issue that remains unanswered is the description of the robbery as given by the husband, Charalambos Anagnostopoulos, and certain questions that arise from it.
Burglary apparently left no traces
Police are pondering over the burglary and the fact that there is no evidence to prove there even was one. This generates a few questions:
Why are there no signs of struggle on the body of Caroline Crouch?
Why are there no traces of genetic material under the fingernails of the unfortunate woman?
Why did the intruders try to tie down and gag Crouch instead of killing her right away?
Why did they suffocate her for four to five minutes when two minutes would suffice for her to lose consciousness?
Why did the perpetrators — who had been otherwise very careful — not take or destroy the couple’s cell phones that were sitting on the bedside table?
Why did the murderers take the memory card from the security camera with them when they could have simply destroyed it?
Why did the neighbors not hear voices from the couple’s supposed protracted efforts to resist the robbers?
Why were the robbers so unprepared as to not bring any rope or duct tape to tie down their victims?
Why were they so tidy, taking the 11,500 euros hidden in the Monopoly box under a stack of books — without scattering things around, as in almost every other robbery?
Husband says Caroline Crouch murder most likely perpetrated by Albanians
Last week, Anagnostopoulos told police that he recognized the language the murderers were speaking to be Albanian.
According to a SKAI television report, Crouch’s husband was shown 150 photos of known criminals.
At the same time, ELAS has a list of 15 suspects that match the Anagnostopoulos’ description of the intruders.
Crouch’s husband said that one of them is very close to the leader of the gang as he remembers from that night.
There is an arrest warrant for a suspect from early on in the investigation. Also, ten of the suspects shown to Anagnostopoulos match the description of the leader.
In addition, unmatched DNA material was found in the attic where the money was hidden. Authorities are also investigating three suspicious cars that were detected in the area.