Murder Mystery Rocks Long Island Community

BABYLON, N.Y. (CBS 2) — Mystery and murder on Long Island have sent a community reeling Sunday.

A local man is in custody after apparently killing his wife, burning down their house, and then taking her body on a road trip to a local beach, reports CBS 2’s Lou Young.

Police found the Long Island couple inside their SUV along a road off the south shore of Long Island, called Sore Thumb Beach. The man was slumped behind the wheel, and the woman was dead and wrapped in blankets.

Police believe the woman was killed 16 miles away, at the couple’s home in Lindenhurst.

It started out as a fire call, as the home on North Erie Avenue was completely engulfed in flames. Neighbors say the sound of explosions woke them at about 4 a.m.

“It was the slide door that exploded from being so heated up,” witness Alex Madolnik said. “[It happened] twice; one side exploded, then the other.”

Neighbors tried to get into the house to rescue anyone inside, unaware it was empty. The couple’s car was gone, and apparently so were they.

Police were immediately suspicious when they arrived on the scene before dawn. They found a gas can and some indication that the fire had been intentionally set, and as firefighters went from room to room extinguishing the blaze, what they saw in the bedroom really raised eyebrows.

“It appeared to them that something had happened to the bedroom that was unrelated to the fire, so they notified us,” Lieutenant Gerald Pelkofsky, of the Suffolk County Police Department, said. “We were already on the scene, and we looked at the room and determined that something may have occurred in there of a violent nature.”

In short – it looked like murder.

Turkish immigrant Mohhammet Karadag lived at the home with his ex-wife. His carpentry business had fallen on hard times – there was a bankruptcy, and divorce. This summer, he seemed to just give up.

“He stopped doing yard work. He used to go up on the roof and just blow everything off the roof,” Maldonik said. “He didn’t even uncover the pool this year. He gave us all his pool stuff. He just gave up on everything.”

Police say Karadag is listed in serious condition at Good Samaritan Hospital in West Islip. The vehicle, meanwhile, was removed by midday and is being processed for additional evidence.

Police expect to charge Karadag with murder. They say he was unconscious when they found him in the car, suffering from a drug overdose.

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  1. Diane Conti says:

    The grass isn’t always greener in the USA. He should have stayed in Turkey.

  2. D.C. Tuncay says:

    The grass isn’t greener in the USA. He should have stayed in Turkey.

  3. jtorres says:

    I agree with Rob. A lot of people fall on hard times, lose their business, declare bankruptcy. But very few of them see murder as a solution. Gee, I’m broke, i’d better take out my spouse. And have you noticed how these “murder-suicides” usually turn into murder-and failed suicides? How very interesting. You have no problem taking your spouse’s life but you suck at taking your own? how about you stick to suicide and leave your spouse alone?

  4. satineye says:

    I have to agree with Blake. So many people ran through money like water, took out outrages second and third mortgages in search of instant gratification then when their mortgages doubled and tripled later, they blame everyone else but themselves. Credit cards are use like money and a lot of the users feel they are privileged when in fact the credit card companies are robbing them blind, this leads to bankruptcy and loss of houses, but let’s blame the government!

  5. satineye says:

    I have to agree with Blake. So many people ran through money like water, took out outrages second and third mortgages in search of instant gratification then when their mortgages doubled and trippled later, they blame everyone else but themselves. Credit cards are use like money and a lot of the users feel they are privillaged when in fact the credit card companies are robbing them blind, this leads to bankruptcy and loss of houses, but let’s blame the government!

  6. John says:

    No it is the governments fault due to the bank collapse and its failure to monitor it. wake up, every man that loses his job over this horrble recession will take his wife with him because the are married and she promised to be with him till death do us part. It happens everyday so don’t be surprised

    1. Blake says:

      Yep, that’s it:The government FORCED me to live beyond my means. It couldn’t possibly be MY fault…right?

  7. rob k. says:

    jack, thats is a very naive view on the situation. these people are not victims of the hard times we live in, this woman was a victim of a psychopath who took to murder because he couldn’t cope with his own shortcomings. There is no excuse, especially the government of all things, for what this man did.

  8. jack says:

    Have you noticed how typical these crimes bacame. Recently similar crime appeared in Staten Island and elsewhere. People are falling on hard times and our government is failing at getting us through this. These people are victims of the hard times we are in.

  9. Deborah says:

    selfish bastard has to take someone with him. I hope he lives in cuffs for the rest of his low life days so at least he can’t try and kill himself again and then he should be subjected to what he subjected his wife to.

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