An interesting phenomenon of the division of society into two camps, pros and cons, is seen in the horrific crime case when a 32-year-old pilot killed his 20-year-old wife Caroline Crouch. He tried to cover up the murder for 37 days, misleading the police, the media and others, which naturally shocked Greek society.
The phenomenon is that some Greek media are trying to denigrate the killer of British native Caroline Crouch, the mother of his 11-month-old daughter. They try to portray the murderer husband as a “cold-blooded tyrant”, but not a “father” who wanted to take care of his child and went crazy with the thought that his wife would leave him and take his daughter with him, whom he may never again will not see. A group of journalists on Skai TV provided a platform for a journalist and court reporter to defend Babis Anagnostopoulos.
“At least he didn’t cut it apart and dispose of the corpse,” a court reporter said, referring to earlier cases of “disappearing” murders.
“He’s not bloodthirsty. His moral principles did not allow him to do this. [расчленить труп]”, – he said. Babis committed a crime in a state of passion, because he wanted his daughter to remain with him forever, even if for this it was necessary to eliminate his wife. (of course, a dubious argument – author’s note)
The court reporter called the killer a “presumptive suspect” rather than a “confessed felon,” despite the fact that he confessed to killing Caroline and a pet, a dog, and the authorities formally charged him with “willful felony.” At the same time, the host of the show agreed with the opinion of the speaker.
Users of social networks indignantly attacked the journalist and, in particular, the SKY channel in general. As noted, the TV station was the one who published excerpts from Caroline’s personal diary. They were part of a case prepared by the police for the judiciary. Parts of the diary published in the media created an ambiguous picture of the crime.
Based on the records, the young wife “nailed her husband”, was unhappy with him all the time and threatened to leave, taking the child. The excerpts from the diary were posted in all media, websites and blogs, read on news programs and discussed on TV programs. No prosecutor intervened, although they were part of the case file and contained confidential information about the murdered woman.
Many Greeks on social media questioned the authenticity of the diary, and some speculated that the murderous husband might have faked it because he had access to Caroline’s internet codes (the diary was kept in electronic form).
This is not the first time that the mainstream Greek media has blamed anyone indiscriminately. At first, thinking that this was a robbery, they blamed the Albanians and the Georgian mafia, and then the pilot-father, without understanding the intricacies of the case.
This is not the first time, as, for example, in the case of the monstrous murder of a student Eleni Topaludi, and the tragedy with a student, victim of bullying, Vangelis Yakumakis, which took place a year ago in the city of Ioannina. As it later became known, one of Topaludi’s killers had close ties with the local community, thanks to his father, while a deputy from Crete defended the accused who destroyed the life of Vangelis Yakumakis.