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Faye Karavasili has been a criminal defense attorney since 2005. She lives in Austria where she is preparing to formulate a doctoral thesis on the subject of criminology. She is an essayist mainly on issues of human rights, law and criminal justice.
As expected, Greece’s criminal profile is one fitting to its Mediterranean temperament of boiling blood, twisted romance and redeemed honor. Modern Greece did not even exist until the late 19th century. Very little survives from the early days of the newly independent state with regards to jurisprudence, and the little that does comes to us interwoven with a thick yarn of lore, exaggeration and heroics. What is clear is that between then and now little has changed in the way sensational crime affects society. Much like in the ancient Greek drama, the folk would invariably become emotionally involved with the storyline unfolding, as details of such crimes became public. They empathize with the protagonists – and, on occasion, with the perpetrators – they offer alternative views and they defend them with passion. The folk celebrates human nature, even if it is very shady, through songs, films and cautionary tales.
Austria is widely known mostly for its flowing waltzes and tasty schnitzel. When one walks through its cobbled pavements it is very hard to imagine that this is the same country that, alongside Mozart and Freud, has unleashed depraved monsters such as Jack Unterweger and Joseph Fritzl.