A friend of Babis Anagnostopoulos, the pilot who confessed on Thursday to murdering his wife Caroline Crouch on May 11 in Athens, expressed shock at the crime describing the pilot-turned-killer as “a nice guy we were often going out with” talking exclusively to Greek Reporter.
The murder of the young mother Crouch, aged just 20, in the quiet suburb of Glyka Nera shocked the country, where such brutal killings are rare.
Before his confession, the victim’s husband claimed that the murderers entered the home after killing the family’s dog, and eventually killed his wife.
He said they suffocated Crouch after stealing some money the couple had at home, wiped the memory cards from their security cameras, and fled the scene.
Hours after he committed the crime he appeared in front of TV crews outside his home at Glyka Nera, saying that he was still in shock. He added that he has confidence in the police and he expressed hope that the perpetrators will soon be arrested.
His tribute to his wife, posted on Instagram a few days after the murder, now reads like a psychopathic horror story, when it once seemed like a moving message to his deceased partner in life.
He posted a picture of the couple on their wedding day on Instagram with the caption: “Together forever. Have a nice trip, my love,” in Greek. He also attended Crouch’s funeral holding their little baby in his arms.
On Thursday, just before his arrest he attended a memorial service for Crouch on the island of Alonnisos. He was pictured by Alpha TV, all dressed in black, comforting Crouch’s mother.
On Thursday night, he confessed that he himself was the murderer after nearly eight hours of police questioning.
Murder of Crouch “total shock”
Speaking to Greek Reporter on condition of anonymity a friend of Anagnostopoulos who has known him for more than eight years sounded shocked.
He said that he first met him in 2013, when Anagnostopoulos was 25 and before he met Crouch through common friends. They became friends and together they were regularly were going out.
“Knowing him, you were seeing a great individual, you would have never imagine any of this. It is a total shock,” says Anagnostopoulos’ old friend.
Anagnostopoulos had a girlfriend at the time. “I had never heard her complaining about his behavior or anything that had to do with Babis. Quite the opposite. I was seeing and hearing that he was a kind gentleman, not only from his girlfriend but also from everybody around him.”
He added that he was also been hearing praise from Anagnostopoulos’ colleagues of how good he was at his job as a pilot and what a nice person he was to work with.
The friend reveals that Anagnostopoulos was always working towards his dream of getting his pilot license, “something that would offer him a great financial future, and he achieved it. Why would he destroy all of this?
“To me it doesn’t make sense why would he kill his wife and place the baby on the dead body of his mother. Who does that?” he wonders.
The friend says that they lost contact recently, but “during the years we were close I would never have thought that Anagnostopoulos could do harm to anybody, let alone his wife.”
The long time friend of the confessed killer could not hide his shock at the developments. “You can never be sure what each one of us hides inside himself,” he tells Greek Reporter.
Police have described Anagnostopoulos as a “first class actor” after staging the elaborate crime scene and keeping up with the sick charade as a grieving widower for over a month.
The disgraced helicopter pilot even drowned the family dog and hung its body from a stair banister to blame it on the burglars and strengthen his story, investigators said.