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TV guest kills woman after marriage snub

A SPANISH television station faced demands to scrap a popular talk show after a man stabbed his ex-girlfriend to death just days after she refused a marriage proposal broadcast on the program.

In a case recalling similar incidents in the US, the Spanish man, who was shown on his knees unsuccessfully begging the Russian woman to take him back, went to her home in Alicante five days later and stabbed her fatally in the neck.

The Association of Television Viewers in the eastern region of Catalonia demanded that television station Antena 3 drop its popular Patricia's Diary show, which attracts more than two million viewers a day.

“People who make television should learn not to manipulate human emotions in order to get audience share,” said the association's president Josep Ma Guerra i Mercadal.

Women's groups also accused the program of employing deceit to lure the former girlfriend onto a stage with the man, despite a court order requiring him to keep at least 500m away from her due to a previous case of abuse.

“You can't mislead a woman into meeting her abuser, because of the consequences which we now know of,” said Ana Maria Perez del Campo, of the Federation of Separated and Divorced Women, calling for Antena 3 to apologise.

With a constant parade of weeping, quarrelling guests, Patricia's Diary specialises in getting ordinary people to reveal their most intimate problems and confront errant loved ones in front of an afternoon television audience.

Last week's appearance by the spurned Ricardo, who wanted to win back the woman identified as Svetlana, was typical in all but its violent sequel played out off screen five days later.

“I want you to marry me. You're everything for me. Everything, everything,” said Ricardo, getting to his knees and bringing out a ring as Svetlana watched uncomfortably.

Presenter Patricia Gaztanaga had to push Svetlana to respond.

“Come on Svetlana, say something, we're all here waiting,” said Gaztanaga, before the woman produced the answer that Ricardo was apparently unable to accept: “No.”

A spokesman for Antena 3 said the station had done all it could to determine whether any of its guests were dangerous.

“Antena 3 utterly condemns this killing,” he said, without making further comment.

The death of Svetlana, who left behind a two-year-old son, is not the first incident of violence between people whose emotional conflicts have been broadcast on television.

In one famous case, a US man shot and killed a friend who had revealed he was homosexually attracted to him on The Jenny Jones Show in 1995.
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  • jesus, what has this world become? wanting to know everyone elses buisness. especially personal stuff

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  • "A spokesman for Antena 3 said the station had done all it could to determine whether any of its guests were dangerous"

    WTF? If they did then they should have immediately seen the restrainment order on his sorry ass to keep away from her.

    As far as these show are concerned, they wouldn't exist if people didn't watch this trash. Shame on the guy who stabbed her, shame on the show and shame on the people who patronize it. Her blood's on all your hands.

    I'm anxious to see how t More..

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  • That was a set up, and the station helped ol-pedro violate the restraining order. They should be held responsible too.

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  • man i wanna see this one what channel bra

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  • : ""
    it was in spanish but one of he first hits if you google the news title

    the show is in spanish

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  • like that show "Cheaters", eh?

    they lead the girlfriend or boyfriend, husband or wife, to their loved one while they are 'in the act'.

    Someone will be murdered because of that show eventually.

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  • What is wrong with people today? She left behind a 2yr old son what about his life which is now and forever changed because so idiot couldn't take no for an answer. And the creator and producers of that show should be held accountable for violating the restraining order that she all ready had on that psycho..This is where beheading would come in handy..

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