Five Women Testify in US Scientist's Murder on Crete

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In this undated photo provided by her family, showing Suzanne Eaton, a 59-year-old molecular biologist. (AP Photo)

After Greece's privacy laws were lifted to allow the publishing of a photo of a man who later confessed to killing US scientist Suzanne Eaton on Crete, five women came forward and have now testified in the case and given evidence, Star TV said in a report.

She was raped and murdered in Chania on July 2 with a 27-year-old man, Yiannis Paraskakis, admitted he did it. Police had asked the public for help but Greek laws usually prevent revealing names and photos of suspects even in murder cases and for other serious crimes although it happens often if it involves public personalities, politicians or more notorious incidents.

Four of the women reportedly told police that Paraskakis had tried to run them down with his car but then sped off, the same way he said he ran over Eaton, a fit athlete and martial arts practitioner to render her helpless while the 59-year-old American woman was out for a run near the hotel where she was attending a conference.

The fifth witness is said to have claimed that Paraskakis came across her while he was riding a bicycle and started making lewd and provocative comments and that she apparently reported the incident to the police on May 31.

Paraskakis is said to have violently forced Eaton into the trunk of his car and taken her to a remote location, where he raped and killed her before dumping her body in an abandoned World War II bunker, saying he was driven by lust.

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 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 they were assaulted by the same man.


(Material from the Associated Press was used in this report)