Three days ago, a disgruntled former employee of an Oklahoma food processing plant entered the building and killed a co-worker. The perpetrator, Alton Nolen, 30, had been recently fired from the plant. This tragic crime was made even more horrific because of the method of attack; Nolen beheaded the victim, one Colleen Hufford, 54. By all accounts Nolen did not even know Hufford. After this brutal slaying, Nolen proceeded to stab another female co-worker; Traci Johnson, 43. At this point, Mark Vaughan, the company’s Chief Operating Officer, (and also a reserve sheriff’s deputy,) fired his gun at Nolen and prevented him from killing any more of the staff. Police have said that they were grateful for Vaughan’s actions, and hate to think of how many more people may have been killed if Nolen hadn’t been stopped.
When most of us hear that someone was beheaded, we associate the crime with the recent beheadings of tourists, journalists and other civilians who have been killed by members of the Islamic State, aka IS, aka ISIS, aka ISIL in Syria and Iraq. For more about these stories, see the following links-
The similarity is no coincidence. Nolen himself had converted to an extremely militant form of Islam, and although the food processing plant has not revealed why Nolen was fired from his job, it may have been due in part to the fact that he was recently proselytizing in an intense effort to convert his co-workers to his newfound religion.
Nolen’s Facebook account outlines his rapid personality change within the past year. His earlier pictures show him in a sideways baseball cap with jeans hanging far below his waist in the popular urban gangster style. After getting a haircut he bragged about his “fresh Kut.” A photo of him with his cell phone in a break room says, ““At WrkGetn Ready FoDat Klok.” His posts reflected the urban hip-hop lifestyle, with quotes from rappers and comments about how he wanted to “fuk every woman alive.” His friends were mostly women with long hair, lots of make-up and bling.
Fast forward to this past summer and Nolen had started identifying himself on Facebook as Jah’Keem Yisrael. His cover photo is of Islamic militant extremists with automatic weapons and grenade launchers. His friends are all women and men in Islamic garb, and his posts are all his interpretation of Islam. Nolen/ Yisrael warned other men about the dangers of masturbation and fornication, and said that we are in the end times with all of the extreme weather and natural disasters being messages from Allah. These postings are signed, “Info from a Muslim.”
Although the quotes on his Facebook site are extreme, they are not particularly violent, yet there are several spots where the postings say “edited,” suggesting that Facebook has recently removed some of Yisrael’s more inciting messages. Yet there still remains a photo from March 2nd of the Twin Towers burning after being hit by the two terrorist planes, along with a message that “Allah hates Amerika.”
Nolen/Yisrael had been in jail since March of 2013 for charges of possession of a controlled substance, escaping confinement and resisting an officer.
Today, the FBI started interviewing Nolen/Yisrael in the hospital as soon as he regained consciousness. It is expected that members of law enforcement will try to find out if Nolen/Yisrael was influenced by anyone in particular. If so, we may be witnessing a new mode of terrorism where extremists are encouraged to convert co-workers to their extreme ideology, or to kill those who refuse to follow their lead.
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