From crocodile tears to a confession: How the web closed on ‘Greek Oscar Pistorius’


It was a bit of earlier than 6am on Might 11 when police sirens broke the early-morning calm in Glyka Nera, an upmarket suburb of Athens – automobiles racing down a slim residential avenue to the house of Charalambos Anagnostopoulos and his spouse Caroline Crouch.

That they had been despatched there by a neighbour who acquired a disturbing name from what gave the impression of Charalambos simply minutes earlier. His voice was muffled, however she was positive that one thing was terribly unsuitable.

When officers made it inside, the scene that greeted them inside was the stuff of nightmares: a seven-month previous husky pet hanged from a banister, Caroline’s physique sprawled on the mattress upstairs with clothes stuffed in her mouth, her 11-month previous daughter beside her, hitting her in a useless try and wake her up.

On the ground, blindfolded and tied to a bedpost, was Charalambos – identified to most easily as ‘Babis’. Confused and distraught, his first query when freed by officers was to ask whether or not his spouse was OK.

The story broke rapidly, making headlines the world over; a horror housebreaking, a mom killed in entrance of her daughter, and the poor father made to pay attention all through earlier than being deserted in a room along with his spouse’s physique for hours, not figuring out she was mendacity lifeless mere inches away.

Solely detectives now say that was an elaborate fiction, cooked up by Babis himself. 

He knew full nicely she was lifeless, they allege, as a result of he was the one who killed her – smothering her to demise in a match of rage after she ordered him out of the home and advised him that she needed a divorce.

Police say they suspected him from the second they arrived however performed alongside along with his housebreaking narrative in public in order to not spook him – all of the whereas constructing a case towards their true goal within the background.

On Wednesday, they struck: dragging him away from a memorial service for Caroline on the pretence of needing him to assist determine a brand new chief suspect – with out revealing that suspect was in reality him.

After a quick however emotional hug with Caroline’s mom, he was whisked again to Athens for eight hours of interrogations that police say ended with a confession.

Right here, MailOnline charts the story, from the invention of the crime scene to Babis’s chilling admission…

For 37 days Charalambos Anagnostopoulos stored up the flowery story of how his spouse Caroline was murdered in entrance of their 11-month-old daughter as he might solely lie their helplessly certain to a mattress at their dwelling within the suburbs of Athens. Final evening, police say he lastly cracked and revealed he was the killer 

Police arrive to find ‘barbaric’ dwelling invasion scene after husband claims burglars strangled his spouse earlier than fleeing with £30,000 in jewelry and money – as last Instagram put up exhibits her enjoying together with her child daughter.

Police arrived to find a horror dwelling invasion within the Glyka Nera suburb of Athens on Might 11.

Anagnostopoulos claimed three males armed with pistols broke into the household dwelling round 5am whereas a fourth stood guard outdoors.

The trio killed the household canine, tied up Anagnostopoulos after which tortured Caroline for an hour to get her to disclose the placement of the household’s valuables, earlier than strangling her. 

The lads then took jewelry price price £21,500 and £13,000 in money, and fled.

The husband was seen by reporters for the primary time after amassing some possessions from his dwelling the following day.

Anagnostopoulos, who seemed to be distressed, mentioned in Greek that his spouse’s killers can be caught and added that they’d ‘begged’ the boys to not harm them.  

The federal government issued a £258,000 reward for data because the story rebounded the world over.

Theodoros Chronopoulos, a spokesman for Greek police, described the assaults as a ‘heinous crime, dedicated with excessive ferocity.’ 

‘Such barbarism is uncommon for Greece,’ he added.

A last clip of Caroline emerged enjoying together with her child on the seashore earlier this yr. Within the Instagram put up the younger mom was seen holding and kissing her cherished baby.   

Investigators arrive at the scene of what they are told is an horrific burglary at the home in the Glyka Nera suburb of Athens on May 11.

Investigators arrive on the scene of what they’re advised is an horrific housebreaking on the dwelling within the Glyka Nera suburb of Athens on Might 11.

Police cordon off the property after walking into the gruesome scene. Caroline dead and the family's husky strangled with its leash

Police cordon off the property after strolling into the ugly scene. Caroline lifeless and the household’s husky strangled with its leash 

Husband claims he ‘begged the thieves to cease the torture’ earlier than they put a GUN to his child daughter’s temple and suffocated his spouse

Anagnostopoulos advised police he might hear his spouse screaming as he was tied up helplessly to a mattress after which noticed a gunman put his pistol to his child’s head earlier than suffocating his spouse when she started screaming.

‘I heard my spouse screaming for assist tied to the mattress whereas I used to be tied to the ground,’ Anagnostopoulos reportedly advised police. ‘We screamed to not be harm. 

‘The newborn was crying, my spouse was crying and somebody or some individuals have been in search of the home to seek out more cash and jewelry. Immediately they left the room and I could not hear my spouse’s voice anymore.’ 

Chatting with Greek TV outdoors the household dwelling the day after the homicide, Anagnostopoulos added: ‘I want nobody ever goes by what we went by final evening. It was a nightmare. 

‘We begged the thieves to not hurt us. We advised them the place the cash was and requested them to go away us alone. The police will catch them.’ 

Police investigations have been centered on related burglaries within the capital, probably carried out by gang members, as they tried to trace down suspects. 

Engaged on what Anagnostopoulos advised them, the police mentioned they have been attempting to find males who spoke in ‘damaged Greek.’  

A health worker, Grigoris Leos, advised a neighborhood paper that more often than not burglars do not intend to kill – however that whoever murdered Caroline had meant to.

‘This crime has a noticeable distinction with a number of others that happen after a theft, as many instances the robbers don’t intend to kill,’ he advised the To Vima newspaper on Might 12.

‘However on this case we’re speaking a few younger woman and we’re speaking about individuals who have been decided to kill this woman and whether it is confirmed for a suffocating demise we’re speaking a few sluggish and torturous demise. Subsequently, the perpetrator needed to steer his sufferer to demise.’ 

Anagnostopoulos speaks to reporters outside the home after returning to pick up personal possessions whilst accompanied by three police officers

Anagnostopoulos speaks to reporters outdoors the house after returning to choose up private possessions while accompanied by three law enforcement officials

Police described the crime as the 'most heinous' they have ever investigated, and say it was carried out with a 'brutality' that is rare in Greece. Pictured: the house where the murder took place

Police described the crime because the ‘most heinous’ they’ve ever investigated, and say it was carried out with a ‘brutality’ that’s uncommon in Greece. Pictured: the home the place the homicide passed off

Husband sobs outdoors home as he claims he solely realised his spouse was lifeless when his blindfold was eliminated, as detectives describe how 11-month-old daughter was ‘hitting’ murdered British mom to attempt to wake her up

A police supply revealed that once they arrived on the scene Caroline’s 11-month-old daughter was ‘hitting her mom together with her arms and making an attempt to wake her up.’  

The newborn was mentioned to be ‘half on her, screaming and hitting her mom together with her arms to wake her up’ when assist arrived, whereas father Anagnostopoulos was tied up, blindfolded and gagged on the ground.

Anagnostopoulos spoke to the media outdoors the home once more, two days after the killing, to weep in entrance of the cameras and reveal how he did not know his spouse was lifeless till officers pulled off the tape masking his eyes. 

He then left the home carrying his child and handed her to his mom who was photographed outdoors the house. 

Anagnostopoulos weeps as he speaks to reporters outside the family home in Athens after the murder, saying he did not know his wife was dead until police arrived and took his blindfold off

Anagnostopoulos weeps as he speaks to reporters outdoors the household dwelling in Athens after the homicide, saying he didn’t know his spouse was lifeless till police arrived and took his blindfold off

‘Our daughter won’t bear in mind her mom. That is much more unhappy than her demise’: Anagnostopoulos eulogises his spouse as he cradles child at Caroline’s funeral attended by tons of on the island of Alonnisos

A whole lot of mourners gathered for Caroline’s funeral three days after her demise on the island of Alonnisos the place she grew up after transferring from Britain aged eight – and the place she met her helicopter pilot husband.

Anagnostopoulos paid tribute to his ‘lovely’ spouse’ in entrance of the islanders who adopted the younger Briton as their very own on the island’s Agia Paraskevi church. 

He flew in along with his child by helicopter to the island, the place retailers and companies closed as a mark of respect because the island of greater than 2,000 got here to a standstill for the funeral.

At this stage, it is reported that Anagnostopoulos remains to be serving to police who’re struggling to fathom why the burglars would have killed Caroline once they had already been directed to the 30,000 in money and gems stolen.  

In his eulogy he mentioned: ‘I used to be very fortunate that I knew Caroline and that she cherished me. I used to be very fortunate for all of the moments we shared.

‘One factor that makes me much more unhappy than her demise is the truth that our daughter will develop up with out remembering her lovely mom who was the enjoyment of my life.

Anagnostopoulos holds his 11-month-old daughter during the funeral of his wife Caroline on the island of Alonissos in Greece on May 14

Anagnostopoulos holds his 11-month-old daughter in the course of the funeral of his spouse Caroline on the island of Alonissos in Greece on Might 14

Caroline Crouch is carried into the Agia Paraskevi church in an open casket for her funeral on the island of Alonissos

Caroline Crouch is carried into the Agia Paraskevi church in an open casket for her funeral on the island of Alonissos

Almost every inhabitant of Alonnisos flocked to the island's Agia Paraskevi church to pay their respects to Caroline Crouch, the young Briton who they had adopted as their own

Virtually each inhabitant of Alonnisos flocked to the island’s Agia Paraskevi church to pay their respects to Caroline Crouch, the younger Briton who they’d adopted as their very own

Caroline's friends and family arrive at the Agia Parakevi church for her funeral - many were carrying white flowers as they paid tribute to the 20-year-old mother

Caroline’s family and friends arrive on the Agia Parakevi church for her funeral – many have been carrying white flowers as they paid tribute to the 20-year-old mom

‘However by her daughter, Caroline will all the time be with me and with all of us. Our family members are crucial individuals to us all.’

After wiping away his tears, he added: ‘You need to all the time take care of your family members and luxuriate in your time collectively.’

Throughout the funeral the pilot carried their child over to put a singer flower on her mom’s coffin and carried her in his arms all through the day. 

The congregation might see him holding her in the course of the second the pair mentioned their last goodbyes to Caroline as her physique was laid to relaxation within the hilltop cemetery.

Caroline’s heart-broken mother and father – former British serviceman David Crouch and Filippino Susan Dela Cuesta – have been supported by associates and kinfolk of their second of grief.   

Throughout the emotional service attended by tons of of mourners, relations have been inconsolable as well-wishers threw flowers on to the coffin. 

Ms Dela Cuesta had earlier accompanied Caroline’s physique on the lengthy journey from Athens by street and sea to her last resting place on the picturesque island within the Aegean Sea. 

Her father David, who has been confined to a wheel chair following a surgical process, remained on the island to attend for her.

‘Collectively endlessly. Have a pleasant journey my love’: Anagnostopoulos posts Instagram tribute as police arrest a Georgian man on the Bulgarian border 

5 days after the killing Anagnostopolous posts an Instagram tribute to his spouse. The information comes as police detain a criminal on the Bulgarian border for questioning. 

Underneath a photograph of the newlyweds holding arms and beaming with pleasure on a seashore, the helicopter pilot wrote in Greek: ‘Collectively endlessly. Have a pleasant journey my love.’  

A Georgian man was earlier arrested in Evros, within the far north-east of Greece, which is the principle route into Bulgaria.

The suspect, who was travelling by automobile, was held following a routine police cease to cross test his identification once they found he was travelling on a pretend passport.  

A police supply mentioned DNA evaluation instructed he was one in all 5 individuals who tied up an previous couple and their cleansing girl in a housebreaking in Pikermi on March 7. The house is simply 20 minutes drive from the Glyka Nera neighbourhood the place Caroline was murdered. 

It was additionally revealed that Anagnostopolous had helped police to determine two of the weapons carried by the raiders.

He mentioned the burglars have been armed with a silver Colt and a black pistol.

Police mentioned the weapons have been uncommon to seek out in Greece and imagine tracing them might show very important in figuring out Caroline’s killers.

Babis Anagnostopolous shared a tribute to his wife Caroline Crouch. Under the photo taken on their wedding day he writes: 'Together forever. Have a nice trip my love'

Babis Anagnostopolous shared a tribute to his spouse Caroline Crouch. Underneath the picture taken on their wedding ceremony day he writes: ‘Collectively endlessly. Have a pleasant journey my love’

The Georgian man was arrested in Evros, in the far north-east of Greece, which is the main route to Bulgaria

The Georgian man was arrested in Evros, within the far north-east of Greece, which is the principle path to Bulgaria

‘There are not any phrases to precise my ache’: Heartbroken mum of Caroline tells of anguish – as sufferer’s husband reveals extra harrowing particulars of savage assault and the way she fought for her life 

Caroline’s heartbroken mom spoke to MailOnline every week after the homicide, saying: ‘There are not any phrases that may categorical my ache’. 

Susan Dela Guesta was interviewed on the Greek island of Alonissos the place Caroline was buried just some days earlier than.

‘So many individuals have spoken about Caroline and what a stunning particular person she was. However for me her demise is just too uncooked for me talk about her. I’m sorry. I’m not in a great place,’ the mom mentioned.

She spoke as police in Greece confirmed that they have been probing whether or not the robbers believed there was money on the home as a result of the married coupe have been about to purchase some land and begin constructing works.

It is because Anagnostopolous had advised cops {that a} robber had shouted at him: ‘The place is the cash.’ 

Though blindfolded, he advised cops that by a gap within the duct tape he managed to determine the robbers as two six-foot-tall slim, athletic males, and a brief, fats man, who appeared be the chief.

The taller males wore black hoods. One carried a silver-coloured revolver, the opposite a black pistol. The third man wore a balaclava and was unarmed. 

Caroline's mother Susan Dela Guesta (pictured above at her daughter's graveside on the island of Alonnisos in Greece) told MailOnline how she cannot come to terms with the killing

Caroline’s mom Susan Dela Guesta (pictured above at her daughter’s graveside on the island of Alonnisos in Greece) advised MailOnline how she can not come to phrases with the killing

Husband comes face-to-face with Georgian suspect at police line up because the 43-year-old criminal is dragged right into a police station with a hood over his face

9 days after the killing a 43-year-old Georgian nationwide is pictured being dragged right into a Greek police station the place he got here face-to-face with Anagnostopoulos.

It isn’t clear if Anagnostopoulos is ready to determine the Georgian as one of many gangsters he claims raided his dwelling and murdered his spouse. 

Sporting a black tracksuit with a hoodie wrapped round his face and his arms cuffed behind his again, the suspect was later marched right into a courthouse by two law enforcement officials for a brief listening to closed to the general public.

He was charged with finishing up a violent housebreaking in March that bore similarities with the break-in at Caroline’s dwelling in Glyka Nera. 

Nine days after the killing a 43-year-old Georgian national is pictured being dragged into a Greek police station where he came face-to-face with Anagnostopoulos

9 days after the killing a 43-year-old Georgian nationwide is pictured being dragged right into a Greek police station the place he got here face-to-face with Anagnostopoulos 

It is not clear if Anagnostopoulos is able to identify the Georgian as one of the gangsters he claims raided his home and murdered his wife

It isn’t clear if Anagnostopoulos is ready to determine the Georgian as one of many gangsters he claims raided his dwelling and murdered his spouse 

He’s accused of being one in all 5 robbers who tied up an aged couple and their cleansing girl within the brutal raid on a house in Pikermi, a 20 minute drive away from Glyka Nera. 

A police supply mentioned that even when the Georgian wasn’t one of many robbers who broke into Caroline’s dwelling, he’s considered a part of the identical community of prison gangs.

In the meantime, it was additionally reported that Greek police have been looking an Albanian just lately launched from jail in reference to Caroline’s demise. 

Greek police quiz psychologist who was treating Caroline for post-natal despair and in addition offering therapy to her husband for an unknown situation

Police say the psychologist was treating Caroline for post-natal despair, and was individually offering therapy to her husband for an unknown situation.

The information got here because it was revealed that detectives have been planning to interview Anagnostopoulos for a second time, to ‘go over what occurred in even additional element’ on the evening his spouse was killed.   

Police mentioned they have been going again over particulars of the crime after their present traces of inquiry didn’t yield a viable suspect.

Officers did arrested a person – a Georgian with a historical past of violent burglaries who tried to go away the nation on a pretend passport – however have didn’t hyperlink him to the crime.   

Babis Anagnostopoulos

Caroline Crouch

Late final month, police revealed {that a} psychologist was treating Caroline for post-natal despair, and was individually offering therapy to her husband for an unknown situation

Anagnostopoulos consoles his mother-in-law at memorial as internet tightens – cops reveal Caroline’s health tracker exhibits she did not die when he mentioned and couple bickered over textual content that evening

Astonishing pictures revealed how Anagnostopoulos consoled Caroline’s distraught mom at a memorial service on the island of Alonnisos on Wednesday whereas figuring out that cops needed to query him once more.

Police say they honoured his needs to not intrude on the memorial service at which Anagnostopoulos was pictured consoling his mother-in-law and surrounded by Caroline’s family and friends.

Final evening, it was revealed {that a} digital forensics crew had uncovered new proof which meant cops needed to talk with the husband once more.

Detectives mentioned they’d extracted biometric information from Caroline’s watch which they imagine pinpoints the precise second her coronary heart stopped beating – which officers mentioned differs from Anagnostopoulos’ model of occasions.

Cops additionally revealed the couple have been bickering within the hours earlier than her demise, with textual content messages exchanged in English exhibiting one had known as the opposite ‘silly.’ 

Police from Athens collected Mr Anagnostopoulos by helicopter for one more interview on Thursday after he attended a memorial service with kinfolk on the island of Alonissos – the place his spouse is buried. 

Of their first official assertion in 5 weeks, the police mentioned: ‘The husband of the sufferer in Glyka Nera (the Athens suburb) is on the murder division, with the intention to be examined as the one eye witness following new information that has emerged from the inquiry.’ 

That is the second Babis Anagnostopoulos hugged the grieving mom of his lifeless spouse at her memorial service – simply hours earlier than he confessed to being her killer

Babis (circled) is seen walking through a crowd of Caroline's family outside the service as he is ushered away by investigators

Babis (circled) is seen strolling by a crowd of Caroline’s household outdoors the service as he’s ushered away by investigators

A helicopter carrying Babis takes off from a Greek island, carrying him to Athens where he is said to have confessed during eight hours of interrogations

A helicopter carrying Babis takes off from a Greek island, carrying him to Athens the place he’s mentioned to have confessed throughout eight hours of interrogations

‘I did not need to go to jail. I needed to lift my daughter’: Police reveal husband’s excuse after staging housebreaking as he arrives in bullet-proof vest

Late on Thursday, police declare that Anagnostopoulos has confessed to murdering Caroline in a match of rage after she threatened to divorce him and take their child daughter.

‘I didn’t need to go to jail, as a result of I needed to lift my daughter,’ the 33-year-old allegedly advised police. 

He’s seen on Friday afternoon carrying a bullet-proof vest and surrounded by officers escorting him into court docket.  

Recalling the second Babis’s story lastly collapsed after a six-week goose chase for a gang of masked raiders that he had dreamed up, police chief Petros Tzeferis mentioned he advised detectives: ‘I tied myself up. I did the whole lot as a result of after I realised I killed her, I considered my baby.’

After arriving at police headquarters, Babis was taken to an interrogation room and appeared to grasp that he was being questioned as a suspect slightly than a witness, a senior officer mentioned.

After a brief opening alternate Babis is alleged to have snapped and advised investigators: ‘I killed her. I’ll inform you the whole lot intimately.’  

Babis Anagnostopoulos arrives in court in Athens to be charged with the murder of his wife and their pet dog after police say he confessed

Babis Anagnostopoulos arrives in court docket in Athens to be charged with the homicide of his spouse and their pet canine after police say he confessed

Babis is lead away from court having been charged with Caroline's murder. He faces life in jail if found guilty

Babis is lead away from court docket having been charged with Caroline’s homicide. He faces life in jail if discovered responsible

‘It actually did not take lengthy for him to admit,’ mentioned a senior investigator. ‘He mentioned he had been preventing with Caroline for a while and so they have been preventing that evening, exchanging heated textual content messages whereas he was on the bottom flooring and she or he was within the attic.

‘At one level,’ he mentioned, ‘when Caroline texted him that he was “silly,” he misplaced his cool. He disabled the house’s surveillance digicam, discarding its reminiscence card, earlier than charging as much as the attic the place he had one other heated argument with Caroline, pushing her onto a mattress there, and smothering her to demise.’ 

Police as we speak revealed that they’d first suspected Anagnostopoulos from the second they laid eyes on him on the sham break-in scene.  

George Kalliakmanis, president of police in Attica, mentioned officers had in contrast Babis to a ‘Greek Oscar Pistorius’ – the South African athlete convicted of taking pictures lifeless girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp at their dwelling in 2013, regardless of proclaiming his innocence.

He advised Greek information web site Protothema that detectives had instantly observed the ‘coldness’ of Babis, including that one officer had even taken his child daughter away from him on the scene to ‘defend’ the woman.

Upon investigating the home, Mr Kalliakmanis mentioned officers rapidly uncovered indicators the housebreaking had been staged – saying that only a few of the cabinets and wardrobes had been disturbed.

Sometimes, burglars will rip open each potential hiding place looking for valuables, Mr Kalliakmanis mentioned.

However on this home, they appeared solely to have searched within the locations that Babis mentioned valuables had been saved.

He added that officers had hid their preliminary suspicions from Babis and pursued his housebreaking narrative to maintain him calm, all of the whereas believing the true suspect was a lot nearer to dwelling. 



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