Taxi driver arrested for
series of murders
The Athens News Agency
April 11, 1997
Athens police arrested a taxi driver on charges of
committing five murders as well as a number of attempted murders and
armed robberies over the past 10 years.
Dimitris Vakrinos, 35, has reportedly admitted to
killing his room-mate, 53- year-old Panayiotis Gaglias on Aug. 6, 1987,
by using an iron bar. The victim had apparently stolen a hunting rifle
from Vakrinos and when the latter told him that he would go to the
police, Gaglias threatened to beat him up.
Vakrinos' second victim was Anastasia Simitzi, 26,
whom he killed on Nov. 20, 1993.
According to reports, after leaving a nightclub the
woman asked Vakrinos to take her home. Instead, he asked her to make
love with him and when she refused and insulted him, Vakrinos drove her
to a remote area near Mantra, Attica, doused her with petrol and burned
her alive, police said.
His third victim was a collague, Theodoros Andreadis,
39, who was murdered on Jan. 9, 1994. The two taxi drivers had
quarrelled four months before the murder because the victim had picked
up a customer from a taxi lane.
Posing as a customer, Vakrinos asked Andreadis to
take him to Loutraki. Along the way, he asked the driver to stop and
shot him four times. He then drove the taxi back to Elefsina where he
doused it in petrol, burning both the vehicle and the driver.
Vakrinos' last two victims were the brothers Costas
and Antonis Spyropoulos, 33 and 35, respectively, whom he killed on Dec.
The two brothers were shot repeatedly after chasing
Vakrinos, who had earlier stolen the car of Costas Spyropoulos.
Vakrinos is also alleged to be responsible for four
cases of attempted murder, one of which was against a police officer and
five armed robberies.
Authorities believe Vakrinos committed the murders
because he had an acute inferiority complex and psychological problems
since a child, in addition to childhood abuse.
Vakrinos reportedly spent many of his childhood years
in an orphanage.
May 12, 1997
Diminutive Greek serial killer Dimitris Vakrinos was
found dead in the showers of the prison's isolation ward. The former
taxi driver was hanging by the neck from shoelaces tied to a shower head.