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Greece Femicides: Man Murders 47-Year Old Woman in Rethymno

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Amidst the devastating news from the wildfires, Greece got shocked by another case of femicide that occurred in the country on Sunday evening in the city of Rethymno on Crete.

The murder took place in the evening in the village of Panormo in the regional unit of Rethymno on the island of Crete.

A 49-year old man entered a business where the 47-year old woman was working.

According to the local Creta24 news website, the man shot the woman and then tried to put an end to his own life by shooting himself.

The victim was a mother of two.

There is no official statement on the motives of the murderer; however, it reportedly involves a love triangle.

The perpetrator of the crime was rushed first to the hospital of Rethymno and then the hospital of Heraklion, the capital of Crete, where he had an operation.

His condition remains critical, however.

Eight women murdered by their husbands in seven months in Greece

Eight women have been murdered by their husbands or boyfriends in a period of just seven months, in a series of crimes that continue to shock the country.

These brutal, disturbing crimes, which many argue should be called femicides, as they share common characteristics of violence against women, have highlighted the issue of domestic violence and abuse in the country.

The latest murder before the Rethymno crime had taken place in Larissa.

That murder took place on Tuesday morning, August 3, at 10:30 AM local time in the village of Sotiritsa in Larissa.

According to the local website Onlarissa, a 54-year old man shot his wife multiple times. She was a mother of three. The woman was at her place of work, a restaurant owned by her brother near Larissa, at the time.

Reportedly, the cold-blooded murder took place in front of two other employees of the restaurant.

Her husband has been already arrested, but the motives of the crime are still to be determined.

Greece Femicides: Murder of Caroline Crouch Shocked the Nation

The issue of abuse came to the forefront of Greek society when 20-year-old Caroline Crouch was murdered next to her newborn baby by her 33-year-old husband Babis Anagnostopoulos in the Athenian suburb of Glyka Nera.

The murder shocked the public both in Greece and in Britain since the victim was a British national.

Violent crime is relatively rare in Greece, and killings of this type are not common. As time went on, and details emerged, the case became even more disturbing.

Anagnostopoulos, a helicopter pilot, confessed to killing his wife and staging the scene, which included killing the family dog and disabling security cameras, to make it seem as though strangers entered the home and murdered his young wife.

He blamed the crime on foreigners, stating that the intruders were speaking broken Greek and could have been Albanian, an ethnic group that is often the victim of discrimination in Greece.

After two months of professing his innocence and blaming a mysterious group of foreigners, Anagnostopoulos was arrested and confessed to the crime.

Additionally, questions of racism and discrimination emerged in Greece after many felt that Anagnostopoulos’ accusation that the intruders were foreigners was too easily believed.

At this time, feminists and victim’s rights advocates in Greece pushed the public to face this crime as femicide, or the murder of a woman because of her sex. They argued that Crouch’s womanhood enabled her murderer to see her as his possession, a possession he felt he could get rid of when it was convenient for him.

While the murder of the young mother at the hands of her husband was the crime that set off the discussion surrounding murdered women in Greece, it was not the first femicide in the country in the past seven months.

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