The crime of the Greek teacher from Zaragoza: when the footprints serve to confuse

Antonio Caparroso Ibanez was murdered at the age of 51 inside his home in Saragossa. It was on April 9, 1997, the day the Medina Albaida institute was left without one of the most beloved and respected teachers among the students. His passion for Greece not only led him to leave his previous job as head of the Goya hotel concierge and become a professor, but also to radiate it among some students who chose him with their eyes closed. He was the one who organized the study trip. His violent death adds to the list of crimes without resolving in Aragon.

The Homicide Group of the Superior Headquarters of Policeman de Aragón worked with several clues and even drew a profile of the suspect, but the multitude of footprints found at the crime scene made it impossible to determine exactly who the author was. LThe investigators worked in the gay environments of the city that the victim frequented and a young man who was a prostitute was arrested.

The one who discovered Antonio Caparroso’s stabbed corpse was his brother. Minutes before he had received a call from the school management to the surprise that the Greek teacher had not come to his workplace. It was unusual for him, so alarm soon struck his family. Something could have happened to him and no one would have found out because He lived alone in his apartment at number 3 on Calle Andrés Gurpide. Some fears that were confirmed, but in the worst way.

As soon as he arrived, he saw that blood was coming out from under the access door to the home and when he opened it, he found the body of his brother behind, completely bloodied. He quickly called the National Police who came to the scene and he was able to see that the telephone cables had been ripped out and that the house was totally in disarray. A fact that soon made the agents think that the motive behind it could be a violent robbery, although the door was not forced, so the victim voluntarily opened it for his criminal. Either he knew him or he trusted him, but he answered him dressed in his pajamas.

no one heard anything

No one heard anything that night. No strange noise alerted the neighborhood of this community near Las Torres road. Nor did the last people who saw him alive suspect anything.. They were responsible for the Claudia bar where Antonio Caparroso had a drink before going to his house. It was around 11:00 p.m. after enjoying dinner with his friends. His mother, whom he cared for because she was in a wheelchair, had died two months earlier, so he had taken to eating or dining away from home. According to witnesses at the time, when he was walking out the door he called his brother, the same one who found him dead the next day.

The autopsy performed on the Greek teacher revealed that there was cruelty. The victim received thirty stab wounds in the abdomen, chest, neck and face that did not cause immediate death, but left him dying behind the door of the house. He had not had sexual relations.

A way of acting that led Homicide to consider the hypothesis of a crime of passion, without ruling out, of course, robbery. The fact that at that time of the night Caparroso opened the door, in his pajamas, made the investigators think that the victim and aggressor knew each other or had made an appointment,

The investigations carried out made it possible to determine that the deceased had a relatively stable sentimental relationship with a person, although this situation did not prevent him from other more sporadic contacts, especially with homosexual prostitution professionals in Zaragoza. The meetings would take place in the victim’s house, which caused Scientist found multiple fingerprints that hindered the investigation. All this thanks to a special laser that was transferred from the Central Police Station of the National Police in Madrid to Zaragoza for the analysis of the remains. This led to a huge identification of suspects who were called to testify, although they all presented reasonable alibis. Of all, a 25-year-old Galician was arrested. He was the only one, although the judge ended up setting him free.

Relationship to another crime

The Police themselves recognized it at that time: “Many people entered the house, so it is logical that there are numerous footprints, but it is difficult to determine their age.”

In parallel, Homicides worked with the imprint of a sneaker printed on the floor of Caparroso’s home. The agents were able to determine that they had been purchased at the defunct supermarket chain pryca which led to several house searches in the Aragonese capital of possible suspects, although all were unsuccessful.

But this did not discourage the investigators who came to determine that the murderer’s profile was that of a psychopath who frequented homosexual environments. They described him as a man between 30 and 35 years old, with blond hair and who had a tattoo on his shoulder. It was thanks to information offered by a witness who said he had seen the professor talking to a boy in the Plaza de Los Sitios, a place where, before its renovation, it was frequented by prostitutes in the public urinals located in this central place. .

They also had the suspicion that he could have committed more attacks. LThe death of Caparroso was related to an attack suffered by another man in the Pinares de Venecia, where cruising was and is being done. Luckily, she didn’t end up as the victim of this crime.

But not only did both events spin, but also the murder of the Basque industrialist Juan Sáez Rubio, 43, who disappeared from a hotel in Utebo on September 29, 1994 and whose body appeared naked and handcuffed in the Ebro River, near the Zaragoza town of Gelsa. Despite everything, they never found the suspect and the case remains unsolved and the murderer on the street.

The crime of the Greek teacher from Zaragoza: when the footprints serve to confuse