Two femicides that occurred within a few hours of each other on Sunday at Rethymnon, Crete and on Zakynthos have shocked public opinion in Greece.
A 56-year-old woman was murdered by her husband on Sunday morning in the village of Ano Malaki in the municipality of Rethymnon, Crete. The 60-year-old culprit confessed to killing his wife by stabbing her with a kitchen knife in the neck.
She was later found dead in a pool of blood by the family’s eldest son.
Police sources in Crete say that the victim, who had recently left the family home, returned to collect her belongings when she was attacked and killed by her husband.
The culprit apparently testified that he begged her not to leave, but she was adamant. “I thought that was the last time I’d see her,” he reportedly told police officers.
Second femicide on Greece’s Zakynthos
Later on Sunday, a 41-year-old woman was murdered by her husband on Zakynthos in western Greece.
The murder took place in the family home in the village of Tsilivi where the couple was living with its two minor children. The third child of the family was living alone.
According to local media, the couple had an argument before the perpetrator brutally beat the victim and then stabbed her several times in the chest and the neck with a knife.
When police arrived at the house, they found the woman covered in blood. She was rushed to the local hospital, where, despite the best efforts of doctors, she passed away.
The perpetrator, a construction worker of Albanian origin, fled the scene and went to work on Monday morning. There, he was arrested by police.
It later emerged that the victim had filed a complaint for domestic violence to the local police station hours before the murder. This was the second time the woman had requested the help of police. According to reports, the culprit was initially arrested in June and then released with a restraint order mandating him to remain at least one hundred meters away from his wife.
Femicides in Greece
Last May, the Greek public was obsessed with, and eventually outraged by, Caroline Crouch‘s murder at the hands of her husband, confessed wife killer Babis Anagnostopoulos.
The Crouch femicide appears to demonstrate a system of collateral damage and light sentencing for men who kill their wives. It is also a consequence of a society that not only tolerates violence in general but also appears to still carry patriarchal, anachronistic ideas about a woman’s place in society.