Murder whips up TV storm in Spain

Woman stabbed following reality show

MADRID — Reality TV is once more under the gun in Spain after the murder Monday of a Russian woman at the hands of her ex-boyfriend.

The woman, identified as Svetlana, had appeared five days before on “Patricia’s Diary,” an early evening talk show aired by broadcaster Antena 3 TV, which is a reconciliation forum for estranged friends and lovers.

There she was confronted by her ex, 30-year-old Spaniard Ricardo Navarro, who went down on his knees to beg Svetlana to marry him.

Svetlana rejected him. On Monday, Navarro, a butcher by trade, stabbed Svetlana to death.

The murder has sparked a national brouhaha.

Catalonia’s Association of Television Viewers has called for “Diary” to be pulled.

Encarnacion Orozco, a governmental delegate for domestic violence, claims that Svetlana’s case should have been better vetted.

Navarro had been sentenced to 11-months imprisonment for mistreating Svetlana. Neither ex-partner revealed this before appearing on “Diary,” but Svetlana hadn’t been told that she’d be meeting Navarro.

In 2004, also on “Diary,” Ricardo begged Teodora to forgive him for his infidelities. She acceded. But her corpse was found in the boot of Ricardo’s car a few weeks later.

Over the past decade, three other women have been murdered in Spain by former partners after accusing them on TV of domestic violence.

“When a rupture occurs in public, before all of Spain, the risk (of violence) increases because the aggressor is humiliated,” forensic expert Miguel Lorente is quoted as saying in El Pais.

In a famous case in the U.S., in 1995 a man murdered a friend after the latter admitted on “The Jenny Jones Show” that he had a homosexual crush on him. The producers yanked the episode following the murder.

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