Reports are circulating that the man who was arrested in the murder of Staten mother of two Sarai Sierra has confessed to the crime. According to the leaked confession, the man, who is only known by the name Ziya T., says that he first caught sight of Sarai as she was wandering by some ancient walls in Turkey, where she'd gone to take photographs. Reportedly, the man had been drinking all day. When he saw Sarai, he tried to kiss her. She fought back.
Reportedly the man, who is homeless, struggled with her for half an hour before he bludgeoned her to death with a rock. He then fled. The next day, he reportedly returned to the site and covered Sarai's body with twp blankets. Then he took her iPad and cell phone, which he later threw into the sea. What a horrible way to die, and all on the very day before she was supposed to leave!
Beginning to hear reports of the missing tourist, man escaped to relatives' homes in Istanbul. Then he fled to Syria, where he apparently engaged in battle there with rebel forces. After being shot in the leg and treated at the hospital for ten days, he returned to Turkey and turned himself in. That must have seemed preferable to the war in Syria.
There has been so much misinformation about this case printed in the press that I won't necessarily believe this story until I see it printed in a reputable paper, with all of the facts. Outlets in Turkey had already reported all kinds of stuff about Sarai -- that she went to Turkey to hook up with a man she met online and was having an affair; that she may have been a drug runner; that she was hanging out with "criminal elements." If this latest report is correct, then all of the outlets -- including those in the states that repeated this bile as if it were the gospel truth -- should be truly ashamed.
It's bad enough that people were judging Sarai for leaving her two children for a couple of weeks for a vacation. As if motherhood means the end to your own life. Unfortunately, Sarai's vacation did end her life, but plenty of people are murdered in their own homes too.
Hopefully the police have the person responsible for this heinous crime. And hopefully the media will think a bit more about what they print.
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