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Guy goes on dating show and reveals he killed girlfriend (with an ax) and wife

And you thought Internet dating was scary.

Let’s see: You agree to be on a televised dating show. Even if you don’t get matched with anyone, it’s not a total loss. You probably get free hair and makeup. Maybe you meet a corny lunk who, 18 years later, turns out to be Jon Hamm. At the very least, the producers have run background checks on everyone involved, and the likelihood of an encountering an ax murderer is lower than if you met someone from whatever dating app is attracting all the loonies now, right?


A 62-year-old man named Sefer Çalınak went on a Turkish dating show called “The Luck of the Draw” and revealed that he happens to be an ax murderer — literally, he killed his girlfriend with an ax. Oh, and by the way, he said, he killed one of his two wives as well.

He was on the show looking for a third wife, presumably because he’s trying to catch up with Henry VIII. Çalınak told the host of the Flash TV show he was an “honest person looking for a new wife,” according to a Turkish newspaper, the Hurriyet Daily News.

Well, he was honest about the fate of his wife and girlfriend. The first woman he killed was his cousin, Fadime. It’s like “Fiddler on the Roof,” but with a grislier ending: Fadime’s family wanted her to marry an old widower and she wasn’t really down with that, so she and Çalınak eloped when they were teenagers. Then “her behavior changed,” Çalınak told the host. “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.”

With amnesty, Çalınak was released from prison after  4 1/2 half years — the original sentence was 13 years, 9 months — whereupon he married wife No. 2. They have two children. He let her live. They separated, and Çalınak started an affair with a married woman who promised to leave her husband for him. She changed her mind, possibly after getting wind of the fact that he’d “in a way” killed his first wife, and thought better of her idea to leave her husband.

“I killed her after she attempted to kill me,” Çalınak said. “She was accidentally killed when I swung the ax.”

At this point, it’s hard to believe any contestants, let alone the host, were still on that sound stage. This is when you listen to your inner Oda Mae Brown — “Molly, you in danger, girl” — and you hightail it out of there.

Çalınak went on to explain that he went back to prison, where he was granted yet another amnesty, and now here he sits, looking for a third duck.

Wife. He means wife. Says the paper:

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, said a compliant should be filed against the program, which she said should have checked the criminal records of the participant. Gözde Kurt, the show’s producer, told daily Milliyet [another paper] that before the program Çalınak had said he murdered one person, and they allowed him to attend as he had served his legal sentence.


Soraya Nadia McDonald covers arts, entertainment and culture for the Washington Post with a focus on issues surrounding race, gender and sexuality.



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