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A 33-year-old pilot has confessed to the murder of his young British wife, Caroline Crouch, police say, in a crime that shocked Greece.
Babis Anagnostopoulos was picked up after attending the memorial service for his late wife on the island of Alonnisos, where he grew up.
He originally claimed that three robbers had broken into the couple’s home in Athens and tied him up.
But after a lengthy investigation, the police said his story didn’t add up.
They found no trace of the gang who he claimed had tied him up, suffocated his wife and stolen 15,000 euros (£ 13,000; $ 18,000) in cash.
How personal data cracked the case
Caroline Crouch’s smartwatch showed that her heart was still beating at the time her husband claimed she was murdered. The activity tracker on her phone showed him moving around the house while he said he was tied up; and the recorded time the data cards were removed from the home security camera also told a different story than his version of events.
In a world where we all generate acres of personal data, all the time, about our health and our movements, there is concern about how secure that information is and whether it could fall into the wrong hands.
In this case, however, he has pinpointed the final moments of a young woman who was cruelly denied the opportunity to tell her own story.
The police initially published a reward of 300,000 euros for information to find the murderers, condemning the “barbarity” of the crime.
Five days after the death of his wife, the pilot posted on Instagram a photo of her wedding with the message: “Always together. Goodbye my love.”
A case that stunned Greeks
The massacre has become a famous cause in Greece. She initially raised concerns about possible domestic security, and her husband had alleged that a foreign gang had carried out the attack. A Georgian was arrested in the early days of the investigation when he was crossing into neighboring Bulgaria.
Babis Anagnostopoulos was taken away by plainclothes policemen and then flown to Athens.
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Caption Babis Anagnostopoulos was taken away by the police and then flown to Athens.
National television interrupted coverage of the Euro 2020 soccer championships on Thursday night to bring up details of the confession.
Cars and passersby stopped in front of cafes in Athens to see the latest development, reports BBC reporter Kostas Koukoumakas.