Yiannis Paraskakis, 27, was arrested on Tuesday and later confessed to the murder of biologist Dr. Suzanne Eaton, telling police ‘there is a mania I can’t control’
The man arrested earlier this week for the murder of American biologist Suzanne Eaton has allegedly confessed to police, telling them ‘there is a mania I can’t control and I want to do some evil.’
Authorities say Yiannis Paraskakis’ sickening confession came after a he made a number of contradictory statements during a series of interviews with investigators before he eventually ‘broke’.
The 27-year-old father-of-two was arrested on Tuesday, later telling prosecutors that he hit Dr. Suzanne Eaton with his car in Crete on July 2 then stabbed her in a ‘sexually motivated’ killing.
Paraskakis, the son of a priest, said that Eaton met her heinous demise after falling victim to being in the wrong place at the wrong time – claiming he went out in his car with the intent of raping and killing the first woman he saw that day.
‘I would do it to anyone I met at that moment in front of me,’ Paraskakis allegedly said, before adding, ‘Sometimes I catch something and I want to hurt it.’
After his confession, two more foreign women came forward and told police that Paraskakis had also hit them with his car, believing he was attempting to rape and kill them just as he had with Eaton.
It’s not yet clear when the two alleged incidents are said to have taken place.
Dr. Suzanne Eaton, 59, was a renowned molecular biologist with the Max Planck Society in Germany. She had been attending a conference on the Greek Island when she decided to leave her hotel room for a jog at around 2:00pm on July 2, only never to return
Authorities say Yiannis Paraskakis’ sickening confession came after a he made a number of contradictory statements during a series of interviews with police, before he eventually ‘broke’
Dr. Eaton, 59, was a renowned molecular biologist with the Max Planck Society in Germany. She had been attending a conference on the Greek Island when she decided to leave her hotel room for a jog at around 2:00pm on July 2, only never to return.
An extensive search was launched by authorities, local residents and Eaton’s family members, who believe initially believed she may have become dehydrated and collapsed somewhere during the run, dismissing claims of foul play as the mother-of-two was a black-belt in Taekwondo.
However, her beaten and bloodied body was discovered five days later in an abandoned Nazi bunker that had been used in World War II to store ammunition.
With the bunker surrounded in large by overgrown bushes and shrubbery, few are privy to its existence. But Paraskakis had uploaded a number of videos of himself exploring its labyrinth of tunnels, leading police to his door.
He later admitted to authorities that, in a state of ‘irritation’, he noticed Eaten jogging alongside the Memorial for Greek Cadets in Koyambri on July 2 and rammed into her twice with his car.
The husband and father-of-two (pictured with his wife and son) told police: ‘I would do it to anyone I met at that moment in front of me,’ Paraskakis allegedly said, before adding, ‘Sometimes I catch something and I want to hurt it’
Paraskakis is also the son of a local priest, according to Greek reports
Paraskakis then got out from the vehicle, stabbing and striking Eaton to stifle her cries before hauling her unconscious body into the trunk of his car.
He admitted to cops that putting her in the back of his vehicle had given him a sexual thrill. Paraskakis then drove Eaton to the Nazi bunker, where he raped her and left her to die.
An autopsy of the doctor’s body confirmed that she had suffered serious fractures as a result of being struck by the car, leaving her relatively defenseless.
The 59-year-old did however make a series of brave attempts to fend her attacker off as DNA was found under her fingernails belonging to her killer.
The coroner added that she had also suffered a number of other injuries, including broken ribs, fractures to her face and multiple injuries on both of her hands.
She had also been subjected to sexual abuse, the investigation determined.
Paraskakis filmed himself in the caves and uploaded the videos to YouTube in recent years
Eaton, a California native who lived in Germany, was murdered on the same day she went missing and fought for her life with DNA belonging to Paraskakis found under her fingernails
Local villagers said they believed only somebody from the area would have known about the cave, which is off a dust track and then involves a trek through rugged woodland and is not visible easily to the naked eye or from the road
Attempting to cover his tracks, Paraskakis attempted to seal the entrance to the bunker with a wooden pallet and then took his car to a near-by cemetery to clean and clear the vehicle of any incriminating evidence.
He then returned home to his wife and two children, before he was arrested two weeks later.
At first, Paraskakis denied any involvement with Eaton’s death, telling police that though he knew the bunker well, he hadn’t visited it for at least a month.
Attempting to cover his tracks, Paraskakis attempted to seal the entrance to the bunker with a wooden pallet and then took his car to a near-by cemetery to clean and clear the vehicle of any incriminating evidence
However, after obtaining a warrant to search his cellphone records police discovered Paraskakis’ phone was switched on at the time of Eaton’s murder, leaving a ‘digital footprint’ that confirmed he had been at the cave on the day of her disappearance.
After his admission, investigators claim that Paraskakis told them he thought his plan of taking Eaton to the cave was so clever that they’d never find him.
Relatives of the farmer and woodworker have expressed their shock over his arrest and subsequent confession.
‘My daughter is shocked, she’s crying all the time,’ Paraskakis’ father-in-law told Greek media.
According to the unnamed relative, before confessing to police Paraskakis asked to call his wife of three years.
‘Yeah, I did it,’ he simply told her about the murder, but is said to have refused to mention raping Eaton. The father of his wife says he hung up less than a minute later.
Paraskakis’ father-in-law added that the 27-year-old acted completely normally between July 2 and his arrest on July 16, saying that he was ‘not hiding’ and continued going into the village despite increased police presence in the area.
Before confessing to police Paraskakis asked to call his wife of three years. ‘Yeah, I did it,’ he simply told her about the murder, but is said to have refused to mention raping Eaton. The father of his wife says he hung up less than a minute later.
Another of his relatives, who chose to remain anonymous, told local media of the shattering moment the family learned of Paraskakis’ part in Eaton’s murder.
‘We all fell from the clouds because we never realized that the child was sick.’
The best friend of his wife, identified only as ‘Mary’, told NewsIT that she too was shocked about his arrest.
‘When I met him I was very impressed, I believed that my girlfriend found a good kid and I never believed he could do [this],’ she said.
Mary went on to admit that she had reservations about her friend marrying Paraskakis back in 2016, because the bride-to-be didn’t know him very well.
‘Now I only think of his children and my girlfriend, who will suffer from now on. I tried to find her and talk to her, but I have not succeeded since yesterday,’ Mary added.
Dr Eaton left the Orthodox academy for a run and was discovered in a World War II cave near the settlement of Xamoudochori on Monday nigh
Dr. Eaton’s family paid heartfelt tributes to her earlier in the week.
Her mother Glynda said: ‘She was a devoted wife and mother, and dearly loved by her family.
‘From the day Suzanne was brought to me right after she was born – stuffed into a red Christmas stocking, December 23 – not drowsy and sleepy but with her head up, her eyes alert, that interest in everything around her has never changed.
‘It has been a joy to share her love of books and music, to observe the combination of a certain flamboyancy with a calm, thoughtful, steady personality.
‘Her accomplishments are many and varied: avid gardener, accomplished pianist, black belt in Taekwondo, and of course her contributions to developmental biology.’
Dr. Eaton’s family paid heartfelt tributes to her earlier in the week. Her mother Glynda said: ‘She was a devoted wife and mother, and dearly loved by her family’
One of her two sons Max added that he would always ‘cherish’ her memory.
He added: ‘My mother was a remarkable woman.
‘She managed to live a life with few regrets, balancing out her personal life with her career.
‘I think the fact that I did not realize how well she had managed to do so was evident that other mothers around me had taken to caring for their children full time, yet mine was never outdone by any of them.
‘Supportive and encouraging, she nurtured and supported anything that the distractible mind of my childhood would come up with, and this curiosity has stuck with me to this day.
‘As I grew, her brilliance as a scientist began to dawn on me. Always armed with a question, she would show interest in any topic broached.
‘Many a time I discussed topics with her that I had studied at university, and within a week, she would be as well versed in that topic as any of my professors.
‘Yet she was far more than a scientist. Her love for music shone brightly, her eyes lit up every time she talked about a piece she was playing, and she would laugh with me in admiration of the sheer complexity of a piano arrangement.
‘I have many fond memories of her and my father playing duets together, filling our home with a beautiful, joyful sound that was unique to them, and I shall forever cherish the memory of lying on the floor, watching and listening to the thing that brought them together.’