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Turkish Man Who Murdered Wives Looks for New Partner on TV

62-year-old Turkish man who murdered his two former wives appears on a local TV marriage program in an attempt to find a new partner.
By Elad Benari
First Publish: 5/9/2014, 5:42 AM

Muslim women in London (illustration)
Muslim women in London (illustration)
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A 62-year-old Turkish man who murdered his two former wives has made headlines in the country after appearing on a TV marriage program in an attempt to find a new partner, the Hurriyet daily reported on Thursday.

Sefer Çalınak shocked the host of Flash TV’s “The Luck of the Draw” and the audience when he casually admitted killing his two previous wives, stressing that he was now an “honest person looking for a new wife.”

Çalınak was reportedly twice released from prison thanks to a government amnesty without completing his sentences, reported Hurriyet.

He said that his first spouse was his cousin, with whom he eloped when they were both 17, after the girl’s family tried to force her to marry a widower. The two lived together with Çalınak’s family for five months, but then things started to change.

“Her behavior changed. The nephew of the man who wanted to marry her started to come to our village. I was jealous and I killed her, in a way,” Çalınak told the program.

“I served my sentence. I was released after 4 years and 6 months with an amnesty, despite being given a 13 year, 9 month jail term in the first place,” he added.

After being released from prison, Çalınak said he married another woman, with whom he had two children, but they eventually separated. He then had an affair with a woman who was already married and who had promised to divorce her husband for him, but Çalınak said she went back on her word.

“I killed her after she attempted to kill me. She was accidentally killed when I swung the axe,” he claimed, according to Hurriyet.

After the second murder, Çalınak was sent to prison again, but later he was released in another amnesty.

The host of the TV program asked Çalınak to leave after hearing the story, but he kept saying he was a victim of “destiny.”

The head of the Media Monitoring Group (MEDİZ), Hülya Uğur Tanrıöver, told the newspaper a complaint should be filed against the program, which she said should have checked the criminal records of the participant.