Spyros Staridas
Birth name Spyros Athanasios Staridas
Born ca. 1947

June 28, 1981(1981-06-28) (aged 33)
Palaiomonastiro, Greece

Cause of death Suicide
Attack information
Date June 28, 1981
2 a.m.
Location(s) Palaiomonastiro, Greece
Target(s) Family
Killed 7
Injured 1-3
Weapon(s) Shotgun

Spyros Athanasios Staridas (Greek: Σπυρος Αθανάσιος Σταριδας) was a Greek farmer who killed seven people and wounded at least one other in Palaiomonastiro (Παλαιομοναστηρο), a village near Trikala, Greece on June 28, 1981.[1]

At about 2 a.m. that night Staridas took a shotgun and first killed his grandfather Konstantinos and his gradnmother Lamprini, as well as his wife Stavroula, whom he shot in her bed. He then killed his father Athanasios, before going out into the street, where he shot dead his neighbour Elijah Kouschoris, his aunt Styliani Ziaka, and his uncle Panagiotis Ziakas. He also seriously wounded his mother Demeter, and tried to kill his two children, who escaped and found refuge at the home of a relative. Afterwards he committed suicide.[2]

Staridas had once been hospitalised in a psychiatric clinic, but despite his history of mental illness was able to obtain a hunting license and purchase the shotgun used for the murders.[3]


  • Konstantinos Staridas (Κωνσταντίνος Σταριδας), 76, his grandfather
  • Lamprini Staridas (Λαμπρινη Σταριδας), 78, his grandmother
  • Athanasios Staridas (Αθανάσιος Σταριδας), 57, his father
  • Stavroula Staridas (Σταυρουλα Σταριδας), 44, his wife
  • Panagiotis Ziaka (Παναγιωτης Ζιακα), 67, his uncle
  • Styliani Ziakas (Στυλιανή Ζιακας), 57, his aunt
  • Elijah Kouschoris (Ηλιας Κουσχορης), 69, his neighbour

Wounded was his mother Demeter Staridas (Δημητρα Σταριδας).


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