ATHENS – Removing a suspect’s right to privacy under Greek law, police identified the confessed killer of American scientist Suzanne Eaton, who was raped and then dumped into a ventilation shaft in a World War II bunker on Crete.
Police said the suspect is 27-year-old Yiannis Paraskakis, from the port of Chania, the father of two toddlers, who said he had a sexual urge when he saw her walking to a memorial on the island where she was attending a conference and hit her twice with his car to stop her.
Eaton, 59, disappeared on July 2 and her body was found six days later. A public prosecutor waived the suspect’s privacy rights citing public safety concerns, and the need to assist an investigation of his possible involvement in other offenses.
It’s nearly unprecedented for suspects to be named in Greece and sometimes they aren’t even if they are convicted, as in the case of a group of students found guilty in the bullying death of a student at a Ioannina university.
The body of Eaton, who was a black belt in Tae Kwan Do and was attending a conference when she went out for a hike, had broken ribs and facial bones and multiple injuries to both hands as she may have tried to fight off a knife attack, authorities said initially.
According to his claims, he had placed the victim, unconscious, in the trunk of his car and transferred her to a ventilation drain in the wartime storage (tunnel), where after raping her, abandoned her there.”
Crete Police Chief Lt. Gen. Constantine Lagoudakis told reporters the investigation had been helped by video footage from closed-circuit cameras and questioning people in the area.
“A particularly important element of our investigation was the discovery of recent tire tracks near the (tunnel). This, in conjunction with the position of the body when it was found, suggested that it had been transferred to the site,” Lagoudakis said.
A police investigation is under way into other possible attacks by the 27-year-old as a number of women have reportedly contacted to police saying that they were assaulted by the same man, said Kathimerini.
(Material from the Associated Press was used in this report)