The Oklahoma beheading of 54-year-old Colleen Hufford on Thursday has the FBI investigating whether suspect Alton Nolen has any links to terrorism or ISIS. “The idea that a man who’s been trying to convert others to Islam ends up beheading someone is alarming enough,” reports CNN on Sept. 27.
After the beheading of American journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff, and British aid worker David Haines by ISIS, and the beheading of French tourist Herve Gourdel by a Jihadists group affiliated with the Islamic State, the act of beheading someone innocent is apparently becoming a global epidemic.
Gourdel was from Nice in France. He had arrived on Sunday in Algeria in order to go on a hiking trip with his friends. By Monday evening, Gourdel was kidnapped by two hooded gunmen who wanted to use him as a means to get French President Francois Hollande to abandon his support of U.S. led military air strikes on Islamic State targets in Syria and Iraq. Not getting what they wanted, Gourdel was beheaded – and his severed head proudly displayed on video for the entire world to see.
On Thursday, 54-year-old Colleen Hufford was not somewhere in the Middle East but working at the Vaughan Foods processing plant in Moore in Oklahoma. Before the day was over – Hufford was beheaded.
Like French tourist Gourdel, Hufford had done nothing wrong to anyone. However, on Thursday, 30-year-old suspect Alton Nolen allegedly drove to the business, hit a vehicle, walked inside, stabbed Hufford, and then beheaded her.
As reported by KFOR, Sgt. Jeremy Lewis confirmed that the suspect – who had just been fired from his job — walked into the front office area where he met Colleen Hufford and began attacking her with a knife. Sgt. Lewis confirms that Hufford was stabbed several times and that the suspect “severed her head.”
“Ms. Hufford’s cause of death is decapitation due to multiple sharp force trauma to neck. Manner of death is homicide,” said Amy Elliott with the Medical Examiner’s Office on Friday.
After the gruesome act on Hufford, the suspect continued his rage and when he came across 43-year-old Traci Johnson, he began attacking her with the same knife. While the suspect was stabbing Johnson, Mark Vaughan, an Oklahoma County reserve deputy and a former CEO of the business, shot Nolan.
Oklahoma beheading suspect Alton Nolen is at a hospital and is recovering. Investigators are hoping to interview him to find out whether he had any ISIS connections, whether his Islamic religion prompted his beheading act, or whether he was simply inspired by the extensive coverage of the beheading events in the Middle East.
As reported by CNN, Sgt. Jeremy Lewis commented that “there may be other information about Nolen’s past, that he could not reveal, that might help explain the incident, and that the FBI had been called in to dig deeper into Nolen’s background. ‘Once we started investigating this initially, and started finding some of the things that he had been involved in, some of the things that he had been saying, we immediately contacted the FBI and got them involved’.”