Man Held After Girlfriend Decapitated in Greece

By Dustin Lushing,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 3, 2008 7:16 PM CDT
Clean-up crews use floating booms to protect the coast from pollution on Santorini, Greece on Tuesday, April 10, 2007.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – A man on the Greek island of Santorini allegedly carried his girlfriend's head through the streets before police shot and apprehended him, the BBC reports. The 35-year-old is said to have decapitated his girlfriend, a teacher in her 20s, slashed an officer, and stolen a police jeep—which he crashed into two women, injuring both seriously. Police have not named him but say he has a history of domestic violence.

"He was walking around, carrying her head and telling the astonished villagers not to stop him," a police officer told Reuters. "They knew he had psychological problems ... but they didn't expect he would reach this point."