Buffalo, NY Islamic TV Station Founder Beheads Wife

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

behaeding

Nothing like a old fashioned beheading to counter negative portrayals of Muslims.

The founder of an Islamic television station in upstate New York aimed at countering Muslim stereotypes has confessed to beheading his wife, authorities said.

Muzzammil Hassan was charged with second-degree murder after police found the decapitated body of his wife, Aasiya Hassan, at the Bridges TV station in the Buffalo suburb of Orchard Park, said Andrew Benz, Orchard Park’s police chief.

Hassan was arrested Thursday.

His wife filed for divorce January 6, and police had responded to several domestic violence calls at the couple’s home. Hassan went directly to the police station after his wife’s death and confessed to killing her.

He launched Bridges TV, billed as the first English-language cable channel targeting Muslims inside the United States, in 2004. At the time, Hassan said he hoped the network would balance negative portrayals of Muslims following the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

The murdered woman leaves behind two children, ages 4 and 6.

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23 Responses to Buffalo, NY Islamic TV Station Founder Beheads Wife

  1. Big Hank says:

    The guy who did this to his wife is a douche.

    Too bad NY doesn’t have the death penalty. And BTW, why is he being charged with second-degree murder and not first-degree murder?

  2. Estacada says:

    In Muslim countries, beheading women, gays and prostitutes is the norm.

    Perhaps, Hassan forgot he isn’t in Iran or Saudi Arabia and here in the U.S., such craven behavior isn’t tolerated or allowed.

  3. Woodcliffe says:

    This is one of the more disturbing news stories I’ve heard in recent years.

    What the hell is wrong with is moron? Lock his ass up and throw away the key so he can’t harm another woman.

  4. Stephan Iversonn says:

    The act of beheading a murder victim stands so far outside of what we’re familiar with seeing in the U.S. that it takes on the ghoulish patina of fiction.

    I would argue such an act is an example of great rage and anger against the victim — a beheading is the ultimate destruction of another human being.

    This is especially troubling as Hassan has taken his children’s mother away from them forever.

  5. kellybelle says:

    Damn–I didn’tknow he was from my hometown. Sigh

  6. MacDaddy says:

    I”m against government killing except to protect itself in a time of war. But I hope the government keeps him in prison for the rest of his life so he will never have the opportunity to do this to a woman again.

  7. libhomo says:

    It’s interesting. White Christian men who are abusers usually choose shooting or beating their wives to death. Regardless of faith, religion generally promotes violence against women.

  8. Fran says:

    This guy failed on every level, and his children suffer the consequences, as they really lost both parents in this incident.
    It does not get more violent than his actions.
    Not only did he destroy his whole family’s lives, his intent to counter negative portrayals of Muslims failed as well.

  9. Dave says:

    OK, lawyer here. Chris has been contacting me about this one (we’re internet BFFs), and since I’m on my lunch hour, I did some digging and think I have an answer as to why it’s second degree murder instead of first degree murder. Y’all probably won’t like the answer, but it’s the answer nonetheless…
    First, let me say this: The NY statute is a mess. Not at all straightforward! In my jurisdiction, it’s a lot easier… premeditation, felony murder, and all murders which do not fall into the above two classes. Really simple, at least in statute. NY? Not so much.

    Anyway… I think they may go the “honour killing” route, claiming that he murdered her for her act of dishonouring the family by filing for divorce. Sadly, premeditation alone doesn’t appear to fall under NY’s First-Degree Murder statute. Hell, it doesn’t even keep felony murder in one section; it can be either First or Second Degree Murder in NY.

  10. Nelson says:

    Dave,

    In NY, 2nd degree murder is basic intentional killing. For 1st degree murder, it must be a special situation such as: the victim is a law enforcement officer on duty, the murder was for hire, witness intimidation was involved, there were multiple victims, or it was committed during a serious felony.

  11. Aunt Peg says:

    So if this slimball Muzzammil Hassan is only convicted of 2nd Degree Murder, when will he eligible for parole? 7 years? 15 years? 25 years?

    Knowing how lenient the sentencing system is, I’m sure it would be too much to hope he gets life without the possibility of parole.

  12. Kristin says:

    OMG! What a bastard!

  13. Disgusting…just sick and depraved. Murder is murder. In NC he would get fried…like chicken or twinkies which we do really well here.

  14. R.J. says:

    Someone needs to put a fatwa on that bastard.

  15. Jim says:

    Other than the beheading, a positive representative for Muslims in the U.S.

  16. Maithri says:

    It is definitely disgusting and wrong.

    Lets not make blanket statements about ‘muslim countries’ though please.

    Theres enough prejudice in this world already

  17. Omar says:

    Islam is a gutter religion practiced by men wearing towels on their heads who hate women.

    Grow up, America. Islam has no interest being friends with you — Islam wants to destroy America and everything we represent.

  18. DB says:

    Weird, a religious extremist performs a heinous act of violence. I couldn’t imagine what inspired him.

  19. BradFrmPhnx says:

    I just don’t think divorce is worth losing your head over.

  20. taco says:

    I just don’t think divorce is worth losing your head over.

    ROFL! Bad.

  21. rastamick says:

    Interesting how there’s a Fight the hate in your state! box to the right while over here people are making sophomoric and stupid jokes that simply aren’t funny and others are talking about people with towels on their heads and gutter religions. I am curious which part of “the left” these sentiments originate from. Sounds more like the right to me.

  22. Mets Fan says:

    Rastamick –

    Obviously you don’t get out much and you’re new to this blog. People often make jokes to deal with uncomfortable topics or issues.

    It’s called human nature.

    If this blog doesn’t suit you, then I suggest you depart. BTW, I noticed you defended the racist cartoonist on a previous thread so I don’t think you have a leg to stand on. If you have legs.

  23. bob says:

    He launched Bridges TV, billed as the first English-language cable channel targeting Muslims inside the United States, in 2004. At the time, Hassan said he hoped the network would balance negative portrayals of Muslims following the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

    The murdered woman leaves behind two children, ages 4 and 6.

    this means that the guy was trying to make muslims look bad. His stupid act has nothing to do with the religion

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