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Jakarta Post

Woman inspired by soap opera to cover up murder of husband, stepson

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, September 4, 2019   /  04:05 pm
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Police officials examine a burned car in Cidahu, Sukabumi, West Java as local residents look on. Police arrested six people related to the murder of a father and son whose bodies were found inside the car. (

A soap opera reportedly inspired a woman to kill her husband and stepson as she faced debt issues, police have said.   The 45-year-old woman, identified only as AK, had reportedly been planning to murder Edi Candra Purnama, 54, and stepson, M. Adi “Dana” Pradana, 23, since July after Edi refused to sell his house to pay her Rp 10 billion (US$703,455) debt. Jakarta Police spokesperson Sr. Comr. Argo Yuwono said AK admitted to the police that the murder and cover up was inspired by a soap opera she frequently watched. Argo said that before AK orchestrated the murder on Aug 23, she had tried to kill her husband and stepson by using witchcraft. “She paid the husband of her ex-domestic worker, identified only as RD, Rp 40 million to find a shaman who could kill her husband and stepson using black magic. However it did not work,&rdquo...