Searching for Clues in the Triple Murder that Shocked Greece

Zapandiotis pictured on Sunday at Ioannina

Greek investigators are trying to put together the pieces of the puzzle of Monday’s triple murder of a family, and the suicide of the perpetrator.

46-year-old Christos Zapandiotis, a policeman, killed his wife, his 4-year-old-daughter and his mother-in law at the family home in Agioi Anargyroi in Athens.

Police say that after a lull of about 90 minutes; during which he was apparently contemplating his next move, he shot himself with the same weapon.

The exact timing of the tragedy is still to be ascertained, although investigators suspect that it happened somewhere between Sunday evening and Monday morning.

Greek media are focusing on the tense relationship between the policeman, and his mother-in–law.

She allegedly regarded him as “unworthy” for her daughter, who was a rheumatologist at a private hospital.

According to rumours, the policeman and his mother-in-law argued about the property which they all shared. The relationship was also deteriorating due to cohabitation in the family home.

Zapandiotis was in the security detail of former PM Costas Simitis. He returned from a trip to Ioannina, north-western Greece, where he had accompanied the politician on Sunday evening.

Police say that he had undergone psychological tests in the past, and that there was nothing to suggest that he had a problem.

Colleagues say that he seldom spoke about family matters, with the exception of his daughter. He spoke about her a lot and was calling her 2-3 times a day just to hear her voice, they say.

How he could have shot her in the head at point blank range, is a mystery.


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