Beheading and Religious Profiling

American Muslim leaders have been quick to condemn the beheading of a woman by her Muslim husband in Buffalo, saying it has nothing to do with religion. Is there a connection between religion and domestic violence?

By Aloysious Mowe

In April 2008 Jean Pierre Orlewicz was convicted in Michigan for the murder of Daniel Sorensen. The latter was stabbed, and then beheaded. Harrel Johnson was convicted in October 2008 for the murder of his step-daughter, Erica Green, in Missouri. The 3-year-old child was decapitated with hedge-clippers. In the same month, William Perry was indicted for the beheading murder of Brett Smith in Ohio. In Canada last July, Vince Weiguang Li stabbed and then beheaded a man on a Greyhound bus traveling from Edmonton to Winnipeg. Six months later, Virginia Tech student Haiyang Zhu was accused of decapitating a fellow student, Xin Yang. Continue reading


Man accused of wife’s beheading appears in court

Wife Beheaded

  • Story Highlights
  • Muzzammil Hassan, accused of beheading wife, waived right to felony hearing
  • Hassan, founder of Bridges TV, charged with second-degree murder
  • Hassan will be jailed without bail while case goes to grand jury
  • If convicted, he faces a sentence of 15 years to life

(CNN) — A Buffalo, New York-area man accused of beheading his estranged wife made his first appearance in court Wednesday to face murder charges, according to CNN affiliate WKBW.

Muzzammil Hassan, 44, is charged with second-degree murder in the death of his 37-year-old wife, Aasiya Zubair Hassan, days after she filed for divorce and was granted a restraining order against him.

In court Wednesday, Hassan waived his right to a felony hearing, WKBW said. The case will go before a grand jury. In the meantime, Hassan will be jailed without bail.

If convicted, he faces a sentence of 15 years to life, WKBW reported, citing prosecutors.

Muzzammil Hassan went to the police station in the Buffalo suburb of Orchard Park on Thursday and told officers that his wife was dead, authorities have said. He also led them to her body at the offices of Bridges TV.

The couple began the network in 2004 to counter negative Muslim stereotypes; Muzzammil Hassan is its chief executive officer, and Aasiya Hassan was general manager.

Aasiya Hassan filed for divorce February 6, police said, and Muzzammil Hassan was served with divorce papers at the station. That night, he showed up at the couple’s home, she notified authorities, and he was served with a restraining order.

Police had responded to several domestic violence calls at the couple’s address, but no one was arrested, Orchard Park Police Chief Andrew Benz said Tuesday. However, two women claiming to be Aasiya Hassan’s sisters — one in Pakistan and one in South Africa — told reporters and posted in a blog that she lived in fear of him.

Bridges TV released a statement Monday saying its staff members were “deeply shocked and saddened by the murder of Aasiya Hassan and the subsequent arrest of Muzzammil Hassan. Our deepest condolences and prayers go out to the families of the victim.”