Sefer Calinak
Sefer Calinak, right, on Flash TV's 'Luck of the Draw' Photo by Screenshot
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Honesty may be the best policy, but it didn't do Sefer Calinak much good when he told a TV dating program in Turkey that he had murdered both his wife and a former lover.

Calinak was asked to leave the show by the host, prompting applause from the studio audience. The episode made headlines in Turkish newspapers, Hurriyet Daily News reports.

Appearing on Flash TV's "Luck of the Draw," Calinak, 62, said he had served prison sentences for each of the murders and had been released under an amnesty program.


"I'm an honest person looking for a new wife," he said, before adding that he killed his first wife because he was "irritated" by her behavior and murdered a subsequent partner because he thought she was after his money.

Calinak said he eloped with his wife, who also happened to be his cousin, when they were both 17, after her 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, he said.

“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 in an amnesty after serving more than four years of a 13-year prison term.

The convicted murderer remarried and had two children before separating from his wife. He then started an affair with a married woman.

He said he killed his lover, Coquette, during an argument over her refusal to leave her husband for him.

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

That time he spent six years in jail before he was freed in another amnesty.

Before leaving the studio, Calinak said he was a victim of destiny and would henceforth leave his search for a wife "to God."