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Greek Police Sends File on Murdered Mother at Glyka Nera to Prosecutor

ATHENS — Caroline Crouch, 20, the young mother whose husband confessed to her murder at the Glyka Nera suburb of Athens on May 11, had "an agonizing" death, according to the coroner's report included in the case file forwarded to the investigating magistrate on Friday.

The young woman of British descent, whose husband, a pilot by profession, confessed on Thursday to murdering her after setting up the incident to look like a robbery, died between 04:00 and 05:00 and was found on their bed with a cloth tied around her neck, her hands tied in the back, and her baby sleeping against her back.

According to file information, before she was killed by suffocation and specifically between 00:37 and 00:38 she had done three searches on the Booking platform for housing.

The 26-page report sent by the police to the court contains details of what police investigators found at the house after her husband, Babis Anagnostopoulos, 33, called the police around 06:20 alleging he had been tied by robbers to the floor next to the bed and they had killed his wife because she was screaming for them not to hurt her baby.

According to her husband's testimony, she had been behaving erratically after her miscarriage and they had started going to a therapist, a woman who has been accused of practising without a license.

Also included in the file are notes and Crouch's diary in code, in which she appears to have trouble managing the loss of their first baby, and in December 2019 spoke of leaving her husband after a fight whom she loved "even if this relationship is not good for me." In July 2020, on their daughter's first-month birthday, she said she had told Anagnostopoulos she wanted to leave and had found a house in Halandri, another Athens suburb. She also noted other arguments, blaming her hormones, and said she had hit him and told him she didn't want her baby, but next day was feeling better and said she was "not well, I'm depressed, I obviously would never hurt my baby, my love for it is greater than for anything in this world" and again mentioned she was ashamed to tell her husband her hormones affected her so strongly.

Notes included in the file are also of her mother's testimony, who said she had not noticed particular issues in the couple. She added that between November 2020 and February 2021 the couple had contacted a specialist to handle the miscarriage and the new pregnancy, for their current child, which had complications.

Police said ther is no evidence of other peole being present in the crime scene.

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