“Tunnel” penetrated into the dark world of a new, double thriller that caused shivers …
Angeliki Nikolouli traveled to the island with the unprecedented for the forensic murder.
He entered the uninhabited house of martyrdom…
Time seems to have stopped, but the fear remains …
Her local research in Aegina on the violent crime with Irene Marmarinos and her nephew Lambros Protonotarios, has moved the viewers …
The researcher found “key”- witnesses and the smoke that covered the island on the “black” night of 30 November 2015 began to dissolve …
According to the authorities all the evidence leads to the conclusion that the motivation of unscrupulous murderers was financial. Banking secrecy has come to light as it emerged that shortly before capital control the unfortunate woman had taken up her savings of eight hundred thousand euros she might have hidden in her house. Given that the victims were tortured, police believe the perpetrators have managed to find and grab the money. The space of the house was investigated internally and externally, without result.
“We have denounced the omissions of the Authorities …”
The legal representative of the victims’ relatives, Nikos Dialinas, was found in Tunnel’s studio. As he said he has already filed a complaint – petition to be inform by the authorities about the investigations that are in progress. She said the family started her own investigations, appointing special scientists to illuminate the truth and find the culprits. Among others he saidQ
“I ‘ve been ordered by the family to put an end . We believe that there have been significant omissions from the Authorities, which have been pointed out with reference to the head of Greek Police, the competent minister and the prosecutor of the Supreme Court.
The Fire Brigade of Aegina was informed of the incident at 23.15. It came directly to the point that was very close and the fire was extinguished after about ten to fifteen minutes. The perpetrators are estimated to have set the fire between ten o’clock in the evening with eleven and a quarter.
Informally, the house’s main doors were locked with the key inside.
The glass of the balcony door next to the front door was broken. It seems that they dragged the old woman out of the garden after surprising her.
In the bathroom and on the wall leading to the bedroom blood was found. But the important thing is that a blood smear was found next to a sofa that is very close to the balcony door. It is not excluded that this blot can give the DNA of the perpetrator. There was no pit found in the house.
The perpetrators had placed duvets and curtains on the bed and above the victims. They set fire and possibly enveloped them with flammable material, possibly oil to accelerate combustion.
“They burned them alive …”
The Head of the Forensic Service of Piraeus Elias Bogiokas conducted the necropsy on the bodies of the victims. According to hi report, the perpetrators hit the two victims so wildly that they caused overwhelming fractures in almost all of their bodies, and then, while they were still breathing, they burned them. The coroner who was found in Tunnel’s studio said:
“There was deceit, passion, hate, purpose. They were hit wild and injured in various places. Bumps and fractures came either from kicks or punches, or from a stick. The victims were alive when they set fire. But they were in a half-dead state and could not react. They were tortured and seem to be burning them slowly, perhaps in order not to leave any evidence. Unfortunately, I have not seen pictures from the site. This incident is the definition of forensic autopsy. The corpses had to be kept there as much as needed until the coroner arrived. Since the space remains intact if the family takes the pictures, a coroner can proceed to a reenactment, even today. “
Tunnel ‘s camera revives the horror …
Angeliki Nikolouli was found in the quiet village of Agioi Asomatoi, just outside the town of Aegina, where the wild double murder was committed. With Theodoros Lekkas entered the house where the tragedy was played, with aunt and nephew.
As the search for the scathing crime continues, everything inside it has remained intact. Like time froze … The signs left by the police officers research around the house are still obvious.
With his testimony, the witness turned back the clock on November 30, 2015, when our church celebrates Saint Andreas …
Aunt Irene Marmarinos, around 8 o’clock in the evening, left a friendly house to return to hers, driving her motorcycle. At the same time, the perpetrators had entered her house, immobilized her nephew Lambros, hitting him badly, and waited for her in a death squad.
As it was later revealed, the woman’s bicycle was found at the garden, one of her shoes next to it, and the whole scene showed that her killers surprise her before she got home. The stains of her blood found near the spot. The keys of the motorbike were found in the empty tank, indicating that the killers might have used the gasoline to complete their macabre work. Burn the aunt and the nephew after wild torture.
The front door was open as opposed to the side door that had been tampered. Even though the dogs were barking, the neighbors did not hear the noise, because that day they had a feast.
From the living room sofa, a wooden handle was missing and found from the relatives in the hall. They do not rule out the fact that one of the two victims was hit with that one of the victims on the head.
Aunt and nephew had a martyrdom. After being tortured possibly to give information about money that were in the house, they were left in the back bedroom where the perpetrators put a fire on them and burned them.
Irene Marmarinos, according to the relative who spoke to Aggeliki Nikolouli, did not accept visits or workers at her house. The unfortunate woman for years kept a souvenir shop in a central spot at the port of Aegina until she retired. All these years, she had saved a considerable sum of money, which she probably hid in her house, but she has not revealed it to her relatives. This money was not found.
They destroyed the armchairs to find what they were looking for …
The perpetrators in their quest to find what they were looking for, they even tore up the armchairs. The glass windows with the silverware but also a value item did not touch them at all, which suggests they were looking for something specific.
According to the relatives no one saw anything, nor was there even a reliable testimony that could illuminate the wild double killer.
Aggeliki Nikolouli and Nektaria, the sister and niece of the victims, headed to the point where her aunt used to leave her vehicle under a simple construction in the garden. The motorcycle is now left in the same spot where was found after the murder. Next to it are the bags with the bottles of wine that gave her from a friendly house before reaching hers and confronted with her murderers.
“There has never been something similar in the past in the society of Aegina. Thieves came in somewhere, they got what they wanted and they were leaving. They did not kill people … We ask, this crime to be soved. Arrest the guilty. We lost two of our people … But they are free and at sometime they will repeat the evil … “, Nektaria stressed.
“The door was open and a river of black smoke was coming from the house…”
Opposite the house where this untold tragedy occurred, lives a witness who had previously turned to Angeliki Nikolouli to find her roots. The search of Phiori Pantazis, then, had a good end, as with the help of the Tunnel she found her biological mother and sister. Sadly, her fate played her own game as her mother left life just five days after she found her.
The fateful night at her house had gathered friends to celebrate her son’s nominal feast. The crowd began gathering around eight in the evening. But no one understood the slightest. Not even at nine and a half when other visitors arrived.
Her first guest left shortly after eleven o’clock. The witness, by opening the door to escort him to the exit, smelled heavily burned oil and saw dense black smoke like a river, as she said, coming out of the back of the neighboring house. At first she thought her neighbor had forgotten the kitchen lit up and ran to her home.
“I climbed the side wall, went up to the porch and knocking on the shutters, I began to shout” Irini, Irini.. ” I called the Fire Brigade, which came very quickly because the station is fifty meters away. Waiting on the way to instruct firefighters to get into the plot of the neighboring house, I noticed the door was open. I was impressed because it was something that Irini did not use to do. Then I was upset and called the police. A few hours later the firefighters who spotted the bodies came out of the house and told us to call an ambulance, “she said.
She described Mrs. Irene as a quiet woman who spent her day with her garden and did not bother anyone. She also referred to her favorite dog, who used to bark vigorously even to people he knew. But that night no one heard the dog.
“I was afraid that her dog was free and could attack me, but that did not even happen when I started to hit the door and shout. I suppose that the perpetrators drug him because the next day they came from the animal center to get the dog it was hyperactive and wild, “the witness said.
She said that none of the residents knew what was happening in the neighborhood until the fire brigade and the police patrols appeared.
At that time there were no ships leaving the island. The perpetrators may have been taken off their own boat or stayed in a safe place for them.
“I’m looking for the truth in their ashes …”
The sister and niece of the victims Nektaria Protonotariou opened her heart to Angeliki Nikolouli.
The house that became their tomb is part of her childhood memory. Since her parents died, she and her brother have grown up with the care of their relatives in the same neighborhood that once was full of life.
“I cannot explain all that happened to my family. In this house lived my aunt Irene, who was unmarried, and she made it with the savings of a lifetime. She lived conservatively and silently without disturbing anyone, with her dog that loved very much. My brother recently came here, before he stayed with our other relatives who were lost both within seven months. This fact marked him because our parents had died before. A lifetime of loss and deaths… Fate also played him that ugly game. One week before the evil, we had the memorial of our uncle, and then they came into the house and killed two people… In this violent and inhumane way, “she said .
The perpetrators must have been well aware of the occupants’ movements, and they had prepared a death squad.
“Suppose they had an information that here my aunt could have some money. Is it possible to get in and beat them up to death? When the neighbors had a feast, at a point so central? They were so audacious? I do not know what the truth is … Where can I find it in the ashes of two innocents? ” she wondered excitedly.
In a relative question by Angeliki Nikolouli whether they have thought that the two perpetrators did not want money, but to obtain information or ask for something else, the witness replied:
“My mind does not go anywhere .. In our family we did not have any hatred, nor did these two innocent people have illegal activities. Neither were criminals to kill them in this way. Even the criminals do not have such an end … “.
When Nektaria arrived at the fateful night, the house was wrapped in the smoke and the Firefighters had already arrived there. Her narrative is striking:
” I was trying to tell them that there were two people inside and they needed help and they kept me from getting close. I saw the side door open and the glass broken, but dense smoke came out of everywhere. I headed to the hallway thinking that I could alert my brother. As light fell from the street poles, I saw things, fallen down. Quilts, blankets, upside-down chairs… I tried to push the fallen furniture aside to go to the other room, but someone pulled me out. Then came my son who had followed me and said to the firefighter: “Why do not you tell her the truth?” I had not seen my people anywhere in the house … Then they told me they had finished this way … I did not know if I was watching a nightmare or if I was living in reality. I lost the earth under my feet … “.
“She had not trusted me her money …”
Angeliki Nikolouli in her local investigation found a “key” – witnesswho allegedly had good relations with Irene Marmarinos and advised her about her money.
He did not want to accept the journalist at his place, but she insisted. In the dialogue between them that is characteristic and behind a huge garage door, he maintained the same negative attitude.
Angeliki: Can I come in?
Witness: They are dogs. You cannot come in. I having a barbeque right now.
Angeliki: Do you want to finish with it and come back?
Witness: Unfortunately, it is not a good time.
Angeliki: Were you helping Irini? Did she trust you her money?
Witness:. I think she never trusted anyone.
Angeliki: I know she was looking to invest at a high interest rate and you helped her … You were friends … She had confidence in you …
Witness: What are say to me? We did not have friendly contact. She was coming, she was leaving, never talking about these issues. We did not know what she had, whether she had or what she did not have.
Angeliki: Did you take her pension?
Witness: I did not get her pension. I only got it when was the capital control 40 or 60 euros.
Angeliki: I make an effort to find the truth and help the family …
Witness: This assumption I think is in the questioning. All I had to say I said where I should. I have nothing to say. I do not want journalists. For me, it is the worse … I’m not talking about you. Generally.
When the researcher finally asked him if the unfortunate woman had visited him on the day before she was found murdered, he did not give her any answer …
“She wanted to put an alarm in her house but they killed her …”
In the neighborhood where the untold tragedy was played, the inhabitants still cannot believe the evil that has happened. But no one saw anything that stirred curiosity.
A neighbor from the neighboring house who spoke to Angeliki Nikolou said that he did not even hear a bang that night or the victim’s dog barking. He noticed no suspicious move, neither the controversial nor the previous days. He realized what had happened the following morning that he saw the police officers and the parish priest.
Neither the workers in the neighboring bakery noticed something. They learned what had happened at three in the morning when they went to work and saw police outside the house.
A neighbor said to Angeliki Nikolouli that before she was murdered, Irene had told her she wanted to put an alarm in her house because she was afraid. But she did not make it…
Everybody had a good say about the victims and they cannot explain why they were murdered in such a martyrdom.
Lambros at the noon of the fat day had visited his godfather Panayiotis Rodis. The elderly said he did not notice anything worrying about his behavior.
“It’s horrible what happened. For the name of God … “, he said.
“The boat did not move on the night of the crime …”
In the center of the city of Aegina, Angeliki Nikoloulis met another relative of the victims.
Speaking to the reporter, he said that all of the island’s society is waiting to see the crime that shook them and capture the culprits.
“Most of the relatives we were called from the police to testify, we did not have much to say about this case, we gave DNA and we waited. After the crime, we heard several things, but we do not know if they really relate to the truth. We did what we could from our side. As relatives also approached the banks, but nothing was found in our aunt’s accounts. We do not know if she actually had money in her house and those were looking for the perpetrators, “she said.
An anonymous information that arrived in Tunnel spoke of a boat belonging to the family with whom the perpetrators on the night of the killer tried to escape.
A relative of the victims made it clear to Angeliki Nikolouli that it is indeed an old skier that belonged to a family uncle and used the victim for fishing. But no one moved it.
“For three months before the murder, no one had turn on the machine, so its battery was empty,” he said.
Unprecedented for the time of the island, the mayor of Aegina, who spoke to Angeliki Nikolouli, described the double murder.
“It is an outrageous crime. It was such a horrible end to these people that shocked us all on the island. One of the victims, Irene, has been trying in recent years to restore old churches around Virgin Mary Chrysoleontissa. I actually tangled her and told her to be interested in something different, but she had devoted her life to this purpose. Indeed, before she finds horrible death, she has restore three or four churches, “said Dimitris Mourtzis.
Referring to the second victim, Lambros, the mayor of the island described him as a peaceful, good citizen, who had never before created a problem in the local community.
He appealed to anyone who knows something about the wild double killer, not to be afraid and come forward in order to illuminate the truth.