A 62-year-old man looking for a wife on a TV dating show stunned the host and studio audience by revealing that he had murdered his first wife and later killed a lover with an ax during an argument.
Sefer Calinak casually mentioned his complicated history with women while appearing this week on Flash TV's The Luck of The Draw, the Turkish newspaper Hurriyet Daily News.tweeted Thursday.
He was quick to add, however, that he is now "honest person looking for a new wife."
Calinak said he had eloped with his first wife, who was also his cousin, when they both 17 after the girl's family tried to force her to marry a widower. He said things changed after they lived with his family for five months.
"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 said, according to the newspaper.
Calinak said he was freed from prison in an amnesty after serving more than four years on a 13-year prison term.
After remarrying, he separated from his second wife, with whom he had two children, the newspaper says.
He then began an affair with a married woman, Coquette, who reneged on a promise to divorce her husband for him.
The couple got in an argument, and he was defending himself with an ax while standing behind a door.
"I killed her after she tried to kill me," he said. "She was accidentally killed when I swung the ax."
This time he served a six-year term before he was freed in another in another amnesty.
At this point, the host of the program asked Calinak to leave, but he kept insisting he was a victim of "destiny."
"Bad luck always found me," he said. "In spite of everything I still want to get married. This time I'll leave it to God. "
Gözde Kurt, the show's producer, told the daily Milliyet newspaper that Çalınak had acknowledged before the program that he had murdered someone, but he was allowed to appear because he had served his legal sentence.