When Staten Island mother of two Sarai Sierra was found bludgeoned to death in Turkey, the press (and some of the public) couldn't seem to believe that the 33-year-old woman had simply gone on vacation to take photos. The press picked up Turkish tabloid reports about an "affair" with a stranger she met online -- despite the fact that the man himself repeatedly denied it. They harped on troubles in her marriage because of a couple of vague Instagram posts by Sarai's husband. There was speculation that she was a drug runner who was hanging with "sketchy characters."
Moms who leave their kids for any reason are judged harshly by this world. Shame on this mom for taking a vacation! Never mind that she didn't even PLAN on taking it alone -- her female friend dropped out at the last minute. Guess she planned on bringing her friend to her sex romps and drug runs?
But now we know the truth. The prime suspect in Sarai's murder isn't a secret lover or drug kingpin. It's a homeless man.
Turkish authorities say that blood on Sarai's shirt and skin under her fingernails match the DNA of a homeless man known as Ziya T, who was seen hanging around the same ancient Istanbul walls where Sarai went to take photos.
Police were able to trace his DNA back to Sarai by analyzing a hair they found on a bed of one of the man's relatives. Have to hand it to the Turkish authorities -- they have been on this case from the get-go with the tenacity of a bloodhound on the scent of a scared rabbit.
The man is not only linked to Sarai through DNA, but he is caught on surveillance camera selling the brown leather jacket Sarai wore on the day she was killed. Additionally, her iPad and phone were missing. The suspect is currently on the run and likely headed to the Syrian border.
Beginning to sound like a plain old robbery/homicide, eh? Maybe not as salacious as what the press what hoping for. Would a man have gotten this kind of wild speculation and judgment after he took a trip alone? Ha!
What do you think of how the press handled Sarai's murder?
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