A mother accused of killing her three little daughters at different times: a case that is shaking Greece and is being highlighted in the international media. The protagonist of the story is Roula Pispirigou, a 33-year-old nurse originally from Patras, in the Peloponnese, arrested last April for the death of her 9-year-old daughter, a terrible accusation which was then joined by those for the murders of the other two little girls. three and a half years and six months, which took place respectively in the summer of 2019 and March 2021.
The woman was charged with voluntary homicide for the poisoning of her eldest daughter, who before her death, which occurred last January, had been hospitalized several times in the Athens hospital. The autopsy and toxicology tests revealed the presence of ketamine in the girl’s body in the victim. The woman has always rejected all the accusations, but recently the prosecutors have added the charges for the deaths of the other two daughters: in the latest report by the forensic doctors Karakoukis-Kalogria it emerged that the two girls did not die of natural causes. but from asphyxiation.
Precisely the details that emerged from this last document have sparked public anger towards the woman: in addition to the demonstrations that took place during the hearings, the words: “Death to the murderers of children” appeared on her house. A complex case that will take a long time: in the coming weeks the woman will be interrogated again, then she will probably have to face two separate proceedings, one for the death of her 9-year-old daughter, and the other for the little Malena and Iris, respectively 3 years and a half and six months.
From the final report of the coroners on the deaths of the two youngest daughters, it emerged that Roula Pispirigou was present at the time of death. In the case of Malena, the 3 and a half year old girl who died on April 13, 2019, the woman asked doctors for help when the little girl was already dead. The doctors described the girl, who had recently overcome leukemia, cheerful and sociable: despite the severe illness she faced, her health conditions were good and her death was “sudden”, as confirmed by the medical reports.
As for the death of Iris, which was only six months old, the investigations focused on the photographic material present in the file: traces of blood were present on the mouth of the little girl, an evidence considered “overwhelming” for the prosecutors. Again, the woman turned to doctors when the little girl had been dead for several hours. A “photocopy” case occurred two years after the first, in March 2021: the woman told the police that she had put the child to bed and found her dead the following morning, but her version never convinced the investigators.
Also because about a month later, on April 9, 2021, it was the turn of 9-year-old little Georgina, hospitalized in convulsions. A few days later the girl was discharged, but a few months later, in January 2022, she died at the “Aglaia Kyriakou” children’s hospital. As revealed later by the toxicological analyzes, the death was caused by the massive administration of ketamine.