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A.K.A.: "The Babyface Killer"
Classification: Serial killer
Characteristics: Borderline personality disorder - "He would clean the society from bad people"
Number of victims: 10
Date of murders: 1997 - 2002
Date of birth: 1979
Victims profile: Men
Method of murder: Stabbing with knife
Location: Antalya, Mediterranean Region, Turkey
Status: Psychiatric imprisonment

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Ali Kaya is a Turkish serial killer. Nicknamed "The Babyface Killer", Kaya is responsible for ten murders between 1997 and 2002.


Ali Kaya committed crime such as theft, assault and snatch theft, and was imprisoned at the age of 17. He was released from prison in 1997 when he was 19 years old. The same year, he began with his murders.

He stabbed his uncle Celal Kaya to death while working at his real estate office in Alanya in 1997. Kaya was sentenced to five-year aggravated imprisonment in Silifke Prison for this crime. In 1999, he was released on parole.

He then killed Zeynel Abidin Gümüş, whom he believed had sexually assaulted his mother. During his incarceration at Elazığ Prison, he was diagnosed with a "mental disorder". Kaya was transferred to a psychiatric hospital, from where he was released due a report attesting him as having claustrophobia.

On free foot, he stabbed three people in Alanya, a music hall owner called "Dedo", a procurer caled "Mehmet of Ağrı" and Fırat S., of which two died later. Since he had a psychiatric report, he was not detained during his trial.

Kaya killed two wardens of Alanya prison, Kemal Aksakal and Hasan Askeroğlu, by stabbing on the street. He was placed in Manisa Psychiatric Hospital on the diagnosis of borderline personality disorder.

In the night of 13 March 2000, he murdered his roommate, the rapist and child killer Ayhan Kartal, nicknamed "The Beast of Izmir" (Turkish: İzmir canavarı), together with Tayfun Şahin by stabbing him in the throat and the stomach.

Following this crime, Kaya was nicknamed "The Babyface Killer" (Turkish: Bebek yüzlü katil). In 2001, he was arrested and placed in Şanlıurfa Prison.

Briefly after his release, he killed Mehmet Poyraz, who lived in his parental home in Gaziantep. Kaya was again captured in November 2013 by the Turkish Gendarmerie forces after a fierce shootout.

2003 escape

Ali Kaya escaped from the semi-open prison in Şanlıurfa in 2003. He was apprehended in 2004 when a suspicious vehicle was stopped in the village of Mahmutlar, Alanya. He possessed a fake ID card on the name Erdal Yılmaz.

A long death list was found on him, which included the names of notable businessmen and people he claims to have abused him during his childhood. Kaya stated in his interrogation that "he would confront his enemies and the sinners. He was not successful so far. However, he would clean the society from bad people".

2014 escape

On 5 January 2014, Ali Kaya managed to escape for a second time. During visitation hours at 10:30 local time on Sunday, he apparently walked out of Gaziantep Prison with the crowd. His break was noticed only during the physical presence check in the evening.

Kaya is considered by the authorities to be extremely dangerous, and both police and gendarmerie forces have launched an extensive manhunt for his capture. It was investigated that he went to Adana and Mersin, and had plans to cross the Syrian border. He was captured by security forces in downtown Gaziantep on 3 March 2014 as he was fleeing from the house of a friend of him. He was in possession of a handgun and a death list of ten persons as he was apprehended. Kaya was brought back to the prison he had escaped from.



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