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Scotland Yard's Baffling Case of the Playboy Killer

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It was not until Thursday, March 16, 2000, that his family became concerned enough over his lack of contact with them that they decided to contact the police. Annina told investigators that she had last seen her brother only a few days before their scheduled Sunday visit when she stopped by the warehouse.

Charalambos Christodoulides
Charalambos Christodoulides

Officers who initially went to the warehouse did not find any signs of forced entry. When they searched the building they found Christodoulides' glasses, wallet, a bus pass, among other items, and traces of blood, but did not find him or any evidence indicating where he'd gone. Investigators learned that Christodoulides had been seen at the bookmaker he frequented on Edgware Road on Thursday afternoon, March 9, 2000, and the search of his bedroom had turned up the early edition of the March 10, 2000, issue of Racing Post. However, Christodoulides had never returned to the bookmaker to collect his winnings. Investigators noted that his bus pass had expired on March 9, and had not been renewed.

When initial efforts failed to turn up any clues to Christodoulides' whereabouts, investigators postulated that his disappearance might be due to amnesia or other incapacitation. This was an unacceptable theory to the family, who wanted police to search the warehouse again. Relenting to pressure from the family, police conducted a second search, more detailed and methodical than the first, nine days later on Saturday, March 25, 2000, and turned up a body wrapped in sheets and garbage bags, concealed in a vehicle inspection pit in the garage area.

The car inspection pit in which Christodoulides' body was found
The car inspection pit in which Christodoulides' body was found

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