Çakırcalı Mehmet Efe
(1871-1910) is a Zeybek
, who was active as an outlaw in the region enclosing İzmir
in modern western Turkey
, from 1893 to 1910. Born in Ödemiş
in 1871, he went out to the Aegean
mountains at the age of 22 seeking revenge for his father, Çakırcalı Koca Ahmet Efe, who was murdered by an Ottoman
While the political standing of Çakırcalı is controversial, he is generally recognized as a legendary efe, who was protective of common people, fought against authority, and established justice in regions of his control. In 1910, he was killed by Ottoman security forces during a fight and decapitated by his own men in order to prevent the identification of the body.