Greek police now fear Caroline Crouch’s helicopter pilot husband may have been smuggling drugs for cartels and killed his British wife when she found out.
Theories of potential drug involvement were sparked after an investigation into Charalambos Anagnostopoulos’s finances revealed he lived a lavish lifestyle, despite earning a pilot’s salary.
Police officers found the couple had recently purchased a £47,000 plot of land, designed a £140,000 home, and enjoyed an expensive get away to Dubai.
The find, police said, suggests Anagnostopoulos, 33, who is known as Babis, may have had an alternative source of income and he killed Caroline, 20, when she found out where it came from.
She was suffocated to death with a pillow in front of her 11-month-old daughter in the early hours of May 11.
Greek police now fear Caroline Crouch’s (pictured, with the couple’s baby Lydia) helicopter pilot husband may have been smuggling drugs for cartels and killed his British wife when she found out
Theories of potential drug involvement were sparked after an investigation into Charalambos Anagnostopoulos’s finances revealed he lived a lavish lifestyle, despite earning a pilot’s salary
Caroline’s father David Crouch has said he believes there was ‘some foundation’ to rumours Babis was involved in drug smuggling.
David said he and wife Susan learned of Caroline’s death from neighbours on the Greek island Alonissos.
He said: ‘I’ll never forget how I felt. It was as if an icy hand had reached inside my chest and gripped my heart. It was the worst day of my life.’
Babis told investigators his wife had been killed during a violent home invasion where armed burglars had tied him up and suffocated Caroline.
He later confessed to killing his British wife, telling police he murdered her in a fit of rage after she had ordered him out of the house and demanded a divorce.
After suffocating her with a pillow, Babis said he ‘panicked’ when he saw she was dead and – once he realised hiding her body was not an option — he staged a fake robbery and killed the couple’s dog because he ‘wanted to raise’ their daughter out of prison.
Anagnostopoulos, known as Babis, initially told investigators that his wife had been killed during a violent home invasion where armed burglars had tied him and Caroline up. Pictured: The couple with one-year-old daughter Lydia
Anagnostopoulos (pictured wearing a bulletproof vest while in custody) later confessed to killing his British wife, telling police he murdered her in a fit of rage after she had ordered him out of the house and demanded a divorce
The admittance came after data from Caroline’s smartwatch showed she was in an ‘extreme state of mental or physical stress for six minutes’, and revealed that she did not die at the time Anagnostopoulos had originally claimed.
It also came after weeks of falsely playing a grieving husband, and surrounding himself with Ms Crouch’s family and devastated parents.
Believing he had got away with the elaborate cover up, Babis even asked her parents to shell out £3,500 – about 4,000 Euros – for her coffin.
Thanassis Haramanis, the lawyer for Caroline’s family, told The Sun: ‘This man has no shame.
‘First he killed Caroline, then he asked her parents for money to pay for her coffin and to fly her body from Athens for the funeral.
‘They gave him 4,000 euros. He paid nothing.’
After suffocating Caroline as she slept, Anagnostopoulos then smothered puppy Roxy (pictured) and hanged the pup’s lifeless body on the banister of their first floor flat in Athens
Believing he had got away with the elaborate cover up, Babis even asked her parents to shell out £3,500 – about 4,000 Euros – for her coffin (pictured)
Ms Crouch’s parents have since won temporary custody of their granddaughter Lydia and intend to bring her up on Alonnisos.
Police are also investigating Babis’s claim he murdered Caroline in a fit of rage after she threatened to leave him.
In police interviews, Babis claimed the British mother was ‘aggressive’, telling police ‘you cannot imagine my love for this girl’.
He claimed Caroline ‘threw the child in the crib’ and hit him, causing him to lose his temper on the night she was killed.
But Caroline’s diary — which form part of a 26-page police file — paints a picture of a violent and unhappy marriage, with her vowing to leave him at several points.
The heartbreaking entries told of bitter fights between the pair, with Caroline recalling one where she ‘hit him’ and ‘broke down a door’.
Caroline said she was thinking of leaving the helicopter pilot as early as 2019 and that she ‘was not well’ in the relationship.
She first told Babis she would leave him in July 2020, when their baby was a month old, saying she ‘felt and feels miserable’ and she was looking for houses.
In the months before her death, Babis became increasingly controlling, a source said.
He allegedly installed a tracing app on her phone and accompanied her to therapy sessions.
‘They way she was murdered suggests she was physically and symbolically shut up.’
A lawyer for Eleni Mylonopoulou – described in local media as ‘the couple’s mental health counsellor’ – said Caroline had been looking for an apartment in central Athens in order to leave her husband.
She wanted to leave in November and find a home near a cooking school she planned to attend, tanea.gr reported.
Caroline had told her counsellor that she was very afraid of Anagnostopoulos and sought advice on how to improve her situation, lawyer Stamatia Markou said.
‘Caroline had revealed from the first moment to my client the fears for her husband,’ the lawyer said.
Speaking to local media at the weekend, Stamatia Markou, a lawyer for Eleni Mylonopoulou – described in local media as ‘the couple’s mental health counsellor’ – said Caroline had been looking for an apartment in central Athens in order to leave her husband
The counsellor said that Caroline realised she had made the wrong choice in marrying Anagnostopoulos and was looking for a way out of the relationship
‘The fear that Caroline felt in her sessions was pervasive,’ she said, adding that Caroline’s counsellor would ensure the door was closed properly so that her husband could not hear what was discussed in their sessions.
Markou went on to say that the couple had ‘many problems’ and that ‘there had been no relationship between them, not even sexual, in recent months.’
Mylonopoulou said she had urged Caroline to speak to her mother but Caroline had refused, saying she did not want to disappoint her.
The counsellor said that Caroline realised she had made the wrong choice in marrying Anagnostopoulos and was looking for a way out of the relationship.
‘She was trying to find ways to get out of the situation,’ Markou said.
Markou also accused Anagnostopoulos of attempting to ‘blackmail’ the counsellor, saying without elaborating that Mylonopoulou was ‘indirectly blackmailed by the confessed perpetrator.’
‘He went and found her up close. He had the courage! My client made sure she was not alone, precisely because she was afraid of him,’ Markou said.
Mylonopoulou also reportedly received a message from Caroline asking to end the counselling sessions. Markou claimed it was not unlikely that this message had actually been sent by Anagnostopoulos.
On Saturday, Anagnostopoulos was pictured from behind barbed wire as he stretched his legs in the exercise yard of the notorious Korydallos prison.
The prison is located on the outskirts of Athens and is Greece‘s main maximum-security facility.
Conditions inside the prison are so bad that the Greek government has vowed to shut it down but Anagnostopoulos is being housed in its ‘VIP’ wing, enjoying a host of luxuries that have left other inmates and prison wardens fuming at the ‘five-star’ treatment he is receiving.
Photographs were also published in the Greek media on Saturday showing the inside of Anagnostopoulos’s cell, which comes with its own shower, toilet, set of furniture, large window, which allows in plenty of light, and a television.
Anagnostopoulos was pictured from behind barbed wire in the exercise yard of the notorious Korydallos prison, which is Greece’s main maximum-security facility
Source: Daily Mail UK