Greece mourns a family tragedy while ignoring a femicide

After yet another femicide, the Greek media has once again presented the crime as a “family tragedy”, since the perpetrator committed suicide after the murder.

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“He is killing me. He is killing me” cried the Bulgarian woman a few minutes before she collapsed in the middle of the street after she was shot by her husband. The perpetrator was a retired Greek military man, who shot and killed his wife and then put an end to his life in Elliniko last Thursday.

The neighbors report hearing a quarrel that started in the apartment, and shouting that ended with gunshots. The wounded 60-year-old woman ran out of the house asking desperately for help.

She entered a taxi that happened to be there at the moment, but the driver did not do anything to help her as he himself said on air. “At that moment a lady came running towards me. She opened the door and entered the car. “He killed me” she said. I could not see where she had been shot. I opened the door, she got out and collapsed on the street” the cab driver said. When her 87-year-old husband saw her laying in a pool of blood, he shot himself.

The victim had taken care of the man and his first wife for many years. After his first wife’s death, they got married.

Since the murder/suicide case there have been many articles that focus on the alleged problems that the murderer had with the victim.

They even cited a family friend who claimed that the man was very unhappy, that the deceased woman insisted on him marrying her and that after they were married she grew violent.

The story perpetuates the narrative of the male perpetrator presented as a victim. The woman is depicted as a foreigner and a cleaning lady when she should be portrayed as a yet another victim of femicide.

Details from the story:

  • The 87-year-old retired military man was dead when the ambulance arrived at the hospital. The woman was still alive, but unfortunately she did not survive.
  • The union of taxi drivers has demanded the expulsion of the taxi driver who admitted on air that he did not help the injured woman.

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