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Journal entries and e-mails detail a lonely, bitter George S. Georgiou, who is accused of killing his grandparents

TARPON SPRINGS — George S. Georgiou had dreams — of being a private investigator, having friends, living in the country.

Instead, the 22-year-old spent years alone in his room, cleaning his guns and watching TV. He had no job, never attended school outside the home and lived an isolated existence closely controlled by his parents.

Georgiou called himself a "survivalist" and amassed a stockpile of weapons and ammunition. He thought it would be cool to kill someone, he told investigators, and he was angry at his grandfather over money owed to his father from his work at the family business.

Ultimately, police said, Georgiou took out his rage on his paternal grandparents, prominent Tarpon Springs business owners Steve and Flora Georgiou.

George S. Georgiou is accused of fatally shooting Steve Georgiou, 83, and Flora Georgiou, 78, in their house at 504 Chesapeake Drive on Jan. 4. He lived with his parents at nearby 764 Chesapeake.

Firefighters summoned to the home around 6 a.m. the morning of Jan. 4 discovered the bodies. Police said Georgiou set several fires in the home to try to conceal the killings.

Flora Georgiou's body was found in the laundry room, where it appears she might have tried to hide after she had been shot, according to investigators. She was shot four times and it appeared one of the fires had been set on or near her head.

Steve Georgiou's body was found just inside the front door. He had been shot five times, according to reports. Both of the Georgious had been shot once in the head and once in the chest.

Nearly 800 pages of court records released this week by the Pinellas-Pasco State Attorney's Office reveal new details about the way the couple died. The documents also provide glimpses of Georgiou's mental state in the years leading up to the slayings and for two months afterward. He was arrested in March.

Police seized 13 guns and more than 16,500 rounds of ammunition from the home Georgiou shared with his parents. He has been held in the Pinellas County Jail since his arrest on two counts of first-degree murder and one count of arson.

The records released Wednesday include hundreds of pages of journal entries and e-mails written by Georgiou. They paint a picture of a bored and frustrated young man who said he had never had any friends, despised the way he looked and wasn't allowed outside at night alone. He had neither a job nor a car.

He had learned to shoot at age 10 and regularly carried a concealed weapon, or two, including to church and to the funeral of the grandparents he is accused of killing. He often wore camouflage, an NRA ring and cap and steel-toed combat boots.

He wrote about a time he pointed a gun at a neighbor's relative from his bedroom window, wishing he could kill the person.

Guns weren't his only obsession. Georgiou wrote repeatedly about his addiction to pornography and addressed numerous e-mails and journal entries to a woman who worked in a local gun shop, who rebuffed his advances at every turn. She wrote him an e-mail asking him to stop harassing her, but the messages continued.

Georgiou wrote in his journal that he would sneak out of his room at night and take a cab to her home, where he would stand outside, sometimes in "tactical" gear and "camo face paint." A cabdriver interviewed by police said Georgiou also stalked the woman's fiance at his home in Tampa.

In letters he wrote to the woman after his grandparents were killed, he talks about how thrilled he is so many police officers were in his room as they investigated the crime.

"It'd been literally years since I had company in there and had had someone to talk to," he wrote, adding that he wished they'd return the following day.

His journal entries, which began in January 2006, slip from reality into delusional ramblings as time goes on. Though he never served in the military, he wrote about being part of a "sniper team." In one journal entry, he described walking on a trail in Fred Howard Park and leading "Sniper Team Bravo" in an imagined military operation.

Many of Georgiou's writings are sexually graphic in nature. He writes about wanting to rape children, including an underage neighbor and a family member. He mentions spying repeatedly on a neighbor couple as they had sex, and writes that he rubs his body "up against little girls and women when I'm in a crowded store."

He wrote frequently about his maternal grandparents in loving terms. But his frustration with his father's father is apparent. He wrote in March 2008 that Steve Georgiou did not pay his father at the end of the week "if money's tight."

Georgiou wrote that Steve Georgiou was "a rip-off artist," "heavy cusser (sic)" and "un-brave."

Steve and Flora Georgiou owned Anclote Marine Ways, a boat repair company, and Miss Milwaukee Fishing Co., a deep-sea fishing party boat.

According to the report, Steve had been diagnosed with terminal cancer shortly before his death.

Georgiou told detectives he went to his grandparents' home that morning to force them to pay his father, George M. Georgiou, 58, money they owed him, because the family was having financial trouble, the reports show. Their home was in danger of being foreclosed on, and Georgiou wrote that his family's stack of bills was "as big as a duffle bag."

Georgiou got an allowance from his parents, and police said he grew frustrated that his parents couldn't afford to help him fulfill his dreams of escaping his lonely life.

"I have no friends I can actually hang out with. I feel I have been alone so long that I may be a little crazy, but not insane," he wrote.

Rita Farlow can be reached at or (727) 445-4157.

Journal entries and e-mails detail a lonely, bitter George S. Georgiou, who is accused of killing his grandparents 06/23/11 [Last modified: Friday, June 24, 2011 12:27am]
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