Greek pilot charged with murdering UK wife, staging robbery

Monday, 21 June 2021 - 2:44

ATHENS, Greece - A Greek helicopter pilot was charged Friday with the murder of his British-Greek wife, whose death he had initially claimed was caused by burglars during a brutal invasion of their home on the outskirts of Athens.

Pilot and flight instructor Babis Anagnostopoulos, 33, was arraigned for the May 11 killing of Caroline Crouch, 20, who died of suffocation.

Police investigators said analysis of data from a smartwatch worn by the victim had helped reveal inconsistencies in the pilot’s account of events.

Data trail left by 21st-Century tech leads the police to solve the crime
It was ultimately a data trail left by 21st-Century tech that led the police to this breakthrough.

Caroline Crouch's smart watch showed that her heart was still beating at the time her husband claimed she was murdered. The activity tracker on his phone showed him moving around the house while he said he was tied up.

Data from a security camera at the home also showed its memory card had been removed at 1.20am - again, hours before the alleged break-in took place.

The pilot had publicly claimed that armed robbers broke into the couple’s home and tied up and gagged him and his wife in their bedroom as their months-old daughter slept. He had said the men stole cash before escaping.

Crime scene staged family dog killed 
“Everything was staged for the crime scene to look like the scene of a robbery,” Costas Hassiotis, director of the greater Athens homicide division told reporters, adding that the suspect had tied his own hands and those of his dead wife.

In bid to make his lies look more believable he also drowned the family’s husky puppy.

He said the examination of mobile devices, a smartwatch with a heart rate monitor used by Crouch, and cameras, had established a timeline that contradicted with the pilot’s testimony.

Heartbreaking diary entries from 20 year old Caroline Crouch
Diary entries from 20 year old Caroline Crouch, who was killed by her Greek husband have been revealed in police files.

Caroline Crouch’s diary entries show how the couple had a fiery and toxic relationship

In one she wrote: “I fought with Babi again. This time it was serious.

“I hit him, I cursed at him and he broke down the door.

“All I wanted was for him to ask how I am when I woke up. I woke up so weak and tired.

“I am thinking of leaving. I am thinking of going to my sister, I don’t know if I can keep going with Babi.

“I love him so much that I can’t leave him even though this relationship hurts me.”

When pregnant with Lydia in 2019, Caroline wrote: “Last night we fought with Babi because I had a meltdown because of my hormones.

“I yelled at him and hit him and told him I don’t want our baby...

“I am not well, I am very upset, I know he would never hurt my baby.

“My love for her is stronger than anything in the world.”

On July 3, 2020, when her baby daughter Lydia was a month old, Caroline wrote: “Today my little one is a month old- it’s also the day I told Babi I want to leave...I feel awful.”

Husband finally confesses 
A senior investigator, working on the case, said it did not take Anagnostopoulos long to confess.

“He said he had been fighting with Caroline for some time and they were fighting that night, exchanging heated text messages while he was on the ground floor and she was in the attic,” they said.

“He disabled the home’s surveillance camera, discarding its memory card, before charging up to the attic where he had another heated argument with Caroline, pushing her onto a bed there, and smothering her to death,” the police officer added.