Skip to comments.Missing Staten Island woman found stabbed to death in Istanbul
Posted on 02/02/2013 11:10:30 AM PST by jimbo123
Turkey's state-run news agency says a missing New York City woman has been found dead in Istanbul.
Sarai Sierra, a 33-year-old mother of two, went missing while vacationing alone in Istanbul. She was last heard from on Jan. 21, the day she was due back home.
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I was hoping that they would find her alive. What a sad turn of events. I’ll keep her family in my prayers.
Just read how they arrested 9 people for her murder..9 people..what the hell??
1. tragic and sad.
2. IF “while vacationing alone” in Turkey THEN naif.
The world is a dangerous place, especially for women, alone.
Got to be more to this whole story.
I agree. This whole story from beginning to this horrible conclusion stinks to high heaven.
Just a guess: White, American woman alone in a Muslim country. Probably 9 Muslim men who saw what they consider to be uncovered meat. Think about the incidents in Tahir Square in Egypt.
She looks as if she could have some Turkish blood in her line. I just cannot imagine traveling to Turkey alone, otherwise. We lived there (in Adana) for 6 years, and even though those were much better days for being there, and traveling there, one still would not travel alone...not a woman. Why would her husband allow her to go alone? I’ve wondered that from the get-go. Strange.
That makes sense..and just another reason not to step foot in a Muslim country
I’m still pissed at Turkey for not letting the 4th ID into Iraq from the North during the War.
Probably another liberal victim of their own naivete. Besides, what kind of woman goes alone on vacation to Istanbul? And what kind of mother goes on vacation without her children?
She does look darker. If I had to guess, I would guess ethnic Jewish, based on her name. This would make her an even bigger target than us white girls.
Sarai is Arabic for Sarah, so she was likely a Muslim or Christian Arab or Turk. I have said since the start this this was a likely drug smuggle gone bad. Why else would the husband and brother let her go alone?
I don’t know if she’s a liberal or not, but you’re prolly spot on about the naivete. You have to be really naive or STUPID to travel through the ME, including Turkey, alone. Doubly stupid for a woman and she was staying in and touring through a particularly bad spot of town.
Daniel Pearl was as naive. He was less of a journalist and more of a cautionary tale, if anybody was interested in listening.
Of course, I ask that about a lot of U.S. cities as well.
Pearl was a selfish thrill-seeker with no regard for his wife and children. Cautionary indeed.
Seeing what country she was in, I fear that this wasn’t just a murder, but was preceded by the despicable acts that bearded savages love to do.
Please explain. Isn’t what he was up to what journalists used to do to get Pulitzers.
I love Istanbul, but it is not a place for a woman alone, especially one who has never been out of the US before. This result is as predictable as the result would be of standing in the middle of oncoming highway traffic at night, wearing dark clothing.
Hard to be sympathetic to that degree of wilful ignorance.
I would ask what kind of mother goes on vacation with her children?
Everyone doesn’t want to go to Disneyland or camping - who in their right mind wants to cope with screaming children when you want to look at paintings in the Louvre.....
why do these idiot women think they will be safe in a foreign country by themselves?
“... idiot women think they will be safe in a foreign country..”
I don’t know.. but I think a lot of the younger generation (I’d say 40 and under) believe the whole,”They are just like us” bunk. Seriously... I know one young couple went to Mexico. I asked them did they think they would be safe and they looked at me and said, “Why wouldn’t we be?’ Florida is equal to Iraq is equal to Canada. They don’t read anything about the dangers.. they only read about the “adventures”. Very sad.. she leaves 2 kids and a husband and for what? Some really cool pictures.
This is sad. Remember a few years back, there was some AF officer lady who went missing for several days in Turkey. She said she was kidnapped. The story never made any sense nor had any real conclusion.
Florida is equal to Iraq is equal to Canada. They dont read anything about the dangers.. they only read about the adventures.
Remember the three college students who were captured by Iranians while “hiking” on the border of Iraq? I think they studied “conflict resolution.”
I thought the family said something about her going to Turkey to “take pictures.” I thought she was some kind of photographer.
I remember reading the same thing.. she was a photographer. I don’t mean to sound like some oldster... “those darn young en’s” but it is just that I’ve heard this story over and over. Do they not believe there aren’t bad people in the world that would kill an American for the simple fact that they are American. Or, do they believe that somehow.. they can show kindness and respect and be left alone? Doesn’t make sense to me at all.
I was attacked by a gang of thieve’s when I went out into the crowded streets at night after our tour for the day ended. Muggers attempted but failed to rob me.
I sat down in the middle of the street and started shouting for the POLICE at the top of my lungs. Apparently, in those days the criminal gangs still feared the police. Now, with extremist whack Jobs running Turkey is any non-moslem safe in their giant Port-a-potty nation? Screw them all to the floor and drown them all in bacon grease and feed them to hogs.
Some mothers actually love their children.
This woman also made a side trip to Amsterdam before going to Turkey. Something is not right with this story.
She had a date in Constantinople, but ended up in Istanbul.
I don’t see why loving your children means you have to spend every single holiday at some kind of dumbed down kids’ thing like Disneycrap, or why you have to give up all your own interests. And it can be great for the children to spend time with cousins on a farm or visting their grandparents in another part of the country while the mother spends two weeks on an archeological dig in China or going to a Shakespeare festival in London or traveling through Finland to look at ceramics. Who would want to give that up, and who would want to drag an eight year old to any of the above events.
She had a date in Constantinople, but ended up in Istanbul.
Even old New York was once New Amsterdam.
People who love their children share their passions with their children. That’s when the greatest talent is forged.
I see a lot of kids developing great talents for Martial Arts, music and Shooting because their parents enjoy sharing it with them. That even works with archeological digs and great literature as well. One friend of mine is involved in historical Civil War battle reenactments. His preteen son performs with him.
I guess the more “progressive” sort dumps the kids off with the nanny.
Well, little children - under the age of seven, are not usually at their best at events that require extended periods of quiet attention or when adults are having serious conversations or giving lectures on art theory, science, etc. That’s why it is generally understood that there is a separation between the activities and pursuits of adults and children.
And as for nannies being the resort of progressives, you could not be more mistaken. All the children of the traditional haute bourgeoisie and the aristocracy were in the care of nannies and governesses growing up - the entire ruling class of 19th century Europe was raised that way - and turned out some of the greatest statesmen, writers and artists in history.