Confessed Greek wife-killer Babis Anagnostopoulos killed the family’s pet dog called Roxy after the murder of his wife Caroline Crouch to make his story about violent intruders more credible.
The disgraced pilot Anagnostopoulos confessed that he strangled his wife, then placed the 11-month baby next to her body and then killed their pet dog by suffocation. He then hanged the pet’s lifeless body from the steps to the first floor of their apartment.
The body of Roxy was the first thing police officers saw when they stormed the house, after Anagnostopoulos alerted them to the supposed burglary.
Roxy was the collateral victim of Crouch’s killer, in order to mislead the authorities into thinking that Crouch had been killed by men who had invaded the home.
According to the animal shelter “I Koiti,” Roxy was less than one year old. In a message on Facebook, the shelter says that Crouch called them in December 2020 and expressed interest in adopting a dog.
She asked to be given a puppy, so that the dog could grow up with their newborn baby, who is called Lydia.
A few days later, the whole family, including Anagnostopoulos, went to a veterinary clinic in Nea Makri, east of Athens, where they met with volunteers from the animal shelter. It was there that they first met Roxy.
They reportedly liked her immediately and asked for the adoption process to begin.
“Caroline’s family was one of those who we volunteers consider role models. We were in no doubt that our little one would now live a life full of love and care,” the animal shelter said in a Facebook post.
“Caroline you were an earthly angel, in every sense of the word. A beacon of kindness, generosity and true love for all stray animals. You do not deserve death and oblivion. You deserve eternal memory and gratitude from all of us. Good heavens for you and our little Roxy. Together from up there you will protect little Lydia,” the moving statement reads.
Killer charged with both Crouch’s and Roxy’s killings
Anagnostopoulos, 33, was on Friday charged with the murder of Crouch “committed in a calm frame of mind” after appearing before a public prosecutor in Athens.
He will also face a criminal charge of animal abuse for the killing of the family’s dog, Roxy, and lesser charges for giving false testimony to the police and casting suspicion on others for his actions.
The 33-year-old on Thursday confessed to killing his 20-year-old wife in their house in Glyka Nera after police confronted him with evidence from the dead woman’s smart phone and his own mobile device that contradicted his own testimony regarding the alleged time of her death.
He had originally told police that his wife was murdered by a gun-wielding gang of thieves that had broken into the couple’s home.
Greek authorities had already issued a warrant for his arrest as he was considered a flight risk due both to his profession and comfortable financial circumstances.
He is also seen as a risk for committing further crimes due to the depraved way in which the victim was killed and the suspect’s attempt to misdirect police with fake evidence.