A Greek mother whose story of the death of her three children in three years has moved the country is now accused of having killed them.
In the Greek media, his face has been on display for months. First as that of a bereaved mother waiting for answers and seeking help, now as that of a cold-blooded murderess. Roula Pispirigkou, 33, has just been charged in Athens, officially accused by the courts of having killed her three daughters. His arrest came a few months ago after an autopsy revealed a high dose of ketamine in the body of his 9-year-old daughter, Georgina. She died in hospital last January. Prosecutors believe that the mother had, before this tragedy, suffocated Malena, 3, in April 2019, then Iris, her 6-month-old daughter, in March 2021.
According to the chain ANT1 , Roula Pispirigkou, who lived in Patras, denies the facts of which she is accused even if she would have indicated on several occasions to her lawyer and her relatives that she expected to “be blamed for the death of her children”. However, she would insist that the girls died of pathological causes, saying in particular that the marks on the faces of Iris and Malena were made after their deaths, during the attempt to resuscitate them. In particular, she hopes to count on statements from doctors, nurses and emergency services, who would have said that when they arrived on the spot, they would not have seen any marks on the children’s faces.
A first attempted murder
Prosecutors rely on several elements to accuse the mother. The investigation began after Georgina’s death and the results of the autopsy. Experts discovered that the 9-year-old had been killed after ingesting ketamine, a mind-altering drug used as a fast-acting anesthetic in medical or veterinary surgery. At the time of her death, the little girl was in the children’s hospital, where she had been cared for since a first attempt to murder the mother who had left her quadriplegic. The autopsy revealed that she had received approximately 6.5 mg of ketamine per liter of blood, a dose that had not been prescribed for her by her doctors. Once this report was made, the investigators made several damning discoveries for the mother. First, it was revealed that Georgina’s body was buried along with “her favorite thing”, a computer which was exhumed last April. The “Daily Beast ”, which quotes a source interviewed by a local media, indicates that the computer contained Google searches related to ketamine or other similar drugs. The “Peloponissos adds that the mother would have had a technician come to her home to have all digital searches removed from her home. An accusation that she denies there too.
Another element also put the chip in the ear of the investigators. While trying to find out more about little Georgina, they came across drawings in which her two little sisters are represented as angels and her mother is drawn with an all black head. The father is not present in the drawing. “It seems the child was terribly frightened and depressed,” psychiatrist Dimitrios Souras told The Daily Beast. Prosecutor Giorgos Noulisa said she had ‘an ongoing criminal plan to make her daughter disappear’, the site says Enikos . According to the investigation, the day of the first attempted murder, the mother took her daughter to the hospital when she showed no pathological signs. After an examination, the doctors would have decided to send her home, which the mother would have refused. “During her hospitalization, little Georgina was accompanied exclusively by her mother, who remained alone with her in the room and would have opposed the intention of the doctors to bring the child out”, indicates the investigation. But his health suddenly deteriorated due to an “external cause”. The mother, learning that the doctors were late that day, reportedly removed the device that was monitoring her pulse. Then, she would have gone to find them to inform them that her daughter was not well. When the doctor and two nurses went into the room, they said they found the nine-year-old pale, pulseless, leaking urine, dilated pupil and unresponsive. “The doctors then successfully attempted cardiac and pulmonary resuscitation, thanks to which she survived, however, due to the attack on her, she suffered from hypoxic encephalopathy, causing paralysis in all four limbs.” “They couldn’t connect me to the ketamine evidence and now, to bolster the murder charge, they’re also charging me with attempted murder. These are just suspicions without any proof. Georgina had already suffered heart attacks in front of doctors, nurses and my husband,” she said in July through her lawyers.
Iris and Malena, who died mysteriously
Following all these revelations, the police therefore decided to look into the death of Iris and Malena. The latter was being treated for leukemia and her death was initially thought to be related to liver failure. But according to prosecutors, such a sudden death would only have been possible if the little girl, who was the subject of extensive medical monitoring, was terminally ill, which was not the case. As for the death of little Iris – whom he initially said her heart had given out – traces of blood were discovered in her mouth, proof according to prosecutors that her death was a criminal act. The blood would be linked to the post-mortem rigidity of the body, showing that death would have occurred several hours before help was called by the mother.
Back when the deaths were still believed to be linked to health issues, Roula Pispirigkou had appeared on television several times, publicizing the dramas of her life and sparking an outpouring of support in the country. She explained in front of the cameras that she needed answers after the deaths of her children, which she described as “mysterious”, saying that experts were “looking for rare genes” within her family. A month after Georgina’s death, Roula Pispirigkou and her husband Manos Daskalakis gave their very first interview. “In the labs they are looking for the rare gene that caused the deaths and from what they told me they may never find it,” she said on Star TV. “We want answers about what happened to our daughters,” added Manos Daskalakis.
Quoted by the site Enikos , the mother’s attorney said last June that his client, who has been in jail since April for Georgina’s murder, did not understand the changes in medical examiners’ findings about her other two daughters. “She wonders why the first medical examiners did not say these things, why they said something else”, he had commented, indicating that she was “devastated”. “She proclaims her innocence, she does not know how to make society understand that she is innocent. She cannot bear to be blamed for the death of the other two children,” he added. Remarks repeated Monday on ANT1: “She has the feeling of being attacked from everywhere, of being in a state of public exposure and of being wronged in relation to the accusations and to her image as it appears in the media. “. Her husband, from whom she is now separated, and who initially supported her, is now on the side of the prosecutors, saying last April that “the evidence is irrefutable. It’s too much”.
Roula Pispirigkou is officially charged, according to Greek law, with “intentional homicide committed in a calm state of mind”. This criminal case earned the defendant the nickname “Medea of Patras” in the national and international media. A reference to Medea, a character from Greek mythology, known for her art of medicines and poisons, and who is involved in a series of murders, including those of her two sons.
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The dark story of the “Medea of Patras”, accused of having killed her three little girls
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