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Saturday, September 24, 2016


            On this date, September 24, 2014, the Vaughan Foods Beheading Incident occurred in Moore, Oklahoma. I will post information about this murder case from Wikipedia.


Alton Alexander Nolen AKA "Jah'Keem Yisrael"

Vaughan Foods beheading incident

September 24, 2014
4:15 p.m.
Attack type
Decapitation, stabbing
Non-fatal injuries
2 (including the suspect)
Suspected perpetrators
Alton Alexander Nolen
"Jah'Keem Yisrael"

The Vaughan Foods beheading incident occurred on September 24, 2014, when a man attacked two employees at the Vaughan Foods food processing plant in Moore, Oklahoma, United States, with a knife. Colleen Hufford was beheaded, while another employee, Traci Johnson, was stabbed and critically injured. The suspect identified as Alton Nolen, who was fired from the plant prior to the attack, was then shot and wounded by Vaughan Foods Chief Operating Officer Mark Vaughan.[2][3][4] Alton Nolen was charged with first-degree murder and assault and battery with a deadly weapon, while facing possible federal charges as well. The attack came to national attention due to its gruesome nature, which followed a well-publicized recent series of beheadings carried out by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).


On September 24, 2014, a Vaughan Foods employee identified as Alton Nolen, was suspended from his job in suburban Oklahoma City after one of the victims (Traci Johnson) initiated a complaint against him following an argument “about [Nolen] not liking white people,” according to Cleveland County Prosecutor Greg Mashburn. Immediately afterwards, he went home to retrieve a knife and placed it inside his shoe. He then drove to the plant's main distribution center, crashed into a parked car, and entered the front administrative office area at around 4:15 p.m. There, according to detectives, he attacked a female employee (Colleen Hufford) from behind with the knife, first slashing her throat and then beheading her. Other coworkers tried to stop him during the assault by kicking him and throwing chairs at him. Then, he slashed the throat and face of another female employee, intending to behead her as well, before being shot and wounded in the arm and abdomen by Vaughn Foods Chief Operating Officer Mark Vaughan, who was also an Oklahoma County reserve deputy, and arrested by responding police.


The slain victim in the attack was identified as 54-year-old Colleen Hufford. Her cause of death was verified to be "decapitation due to multiple sharp force trauma to neck" and classified as a homicide. 43-year-old Traci Johnson, the injured victim, was treated at the University of Oklahoma Medical Center for multiple stab wounds and survived her injuries.


'Killer': Alton Alexander Nolen, 30, allegedly attacked two women after entering a food distribution center on Thursday - beheading one of them. He was eventually stopped when he was shot by an off-duty officer

Alton Nolen

Alton Alexander Nolen, at the time age 30, was identified as the sole suspect in the attack. He worked as a production line employee at Vaughan Foods before being suspended. He was charged with assault and battery on a police officer after being pulled over in 2010 for having a suspended license plate. He fled, sparking a massive manhunt that lasted for twelve hours. Nolen was sentenced to five years in prison, but was released on March 2013 after serving two years and ordered to attend an anger management course. He was also convicted of cocaine possession with the intent to distribute during the following year.

Nolen had been suspended from his job prior to the attack due to "personnel issues", although specific details still remain unclear. Injured victim Traci Johnson later claimed it was from an altercation she had with him when he stated he "did not like white people". The weapon he used in the attack was a standard knife used by employees to cut lettuce and other vegetables, allegedly acquired from his home. County District Attorney Greg Mashburn, noted that Nolen reportedly had three specific targets for the attack, including Johnson. The other two reported targets were not hurt during the incident.

Islamic connection

The motive for the attack was initially unclear, as it was not known if the suspect's beliefs played a role in the attack. In their search warrant requests, police reported that witnesses had stated "Nolen had several previous disagreements and arguments with employees,” while describing him as becoming increasingly violent, disrespectful, and aggressive towards his co-workers. "Witnesses also had overheard Nolen saying that he did not like and beat Caucasians." Nolen had also "recently converted to the Islam religion and was attempting to convince other employees to convert to the religion," and that Nolen had become aggressive and belligerent to other employees, while wanting others to call him ‘Muhammad.’.

However, prosecutors noted that Nolen had demonstrated an “infatuation” with beheadings. Because of the brutal manner of death and the fact that the attack followed a series of high-profile videotaped beheadings carried out by Islamic State (ISIS) militants in the Middle East, Moore police asked the FBI to assist in the investigation. The FBI was also investigating the attack because Nolen “was saying Arabic terms in the attack,” according to County Prosecutor Greg Mashburn. Although Nolen attended a Baptist church as a youth, Oklahoma prison system records listed his religion as Islam. FBI officials confirmed that their investigation included whether Nolen’s recent conversion to Islam was somehow linked to the crime. Moore Police Sgt. Jeremy Lewis confirmed his department’s request for FBI help investigating Nolen's background. Oklahoma prison records also show that Nolen, who has a previous criminal record, has a tattoo reading “Assalamu Alaikum”, an Arabic greeting that translates to “Peace be with you”.

After his arrest, news websites published information from his Facebook page, in which he calls himself "Jah'Keem Yisrael" and uploaded photos of himself reading the Koran and wearing Muslim religious clothing. His online posts were often related to Islamist interests, condemning the United States and Israel, also claiming that sharia law was coming.

Using his Islamic name, "Jah'Keem Yisrael" his Facebook page features photos of Taliban fighters and Osama bin Laden, as well as a photo of the September 11 attacks that was captioned:

"A Future Prophecy Revelation 18:8 She (The statue Of Liberty) is going into flames. She and anybody who's with her." [sic]

Patrick T. Dunleavy, former deputy inspector general of the New York State Police Criminal Intelligence Unit and author of The Fertile Soil of Jihad: Terrorism’s Prison Connection, calls it likely that Alton's actions were the result of radicalization.

Saad Mohammed, director of information for the Islamic Society of Greater Oklahoma City, confirmed that Alton Nolen began worshipping at one of the group's mosques in May and that he has seen him there several times since. Although, he claimed Nolen wasn't outgoing and those who attended the same mosque as he did described his behavior as "a little odd" and "a little weird", nonetheless his behavior didn't raise any red flags. Mohammed said Nolen attended services where sermons were delivered against beheadings like those committed by ISIS militants and that Nolen's actions did not reflect the beliefs of Islam.

Legal proceedings

On September 30, Nolen was charged with first-degree murder and assault and battery with a deadly weapon. According to police, he "openly admitted" to killing Hufford and injuring Johnson during the attack. Prosecutors are expected to pursue the death penalty in the case. A preliminary hearing was scheduled for October 14, but it was later rescheduled to December 2 due to a scheduling conflict with Nolen's lawyers. It was rescheduled again to April 2015. The preliminary hearing was delayed again until June 10, but it was postponed again until July 30. On September 15, 2015, a competency trial for Nolen was set for October 26.

On October 28, 2015, District Judge Lori Walkley ruled that Alton Nolen was competent to stand trial. He is accused of beheading co-worker Colleen Hufford, and nearly beheading Traci Johnson, a second co-worker, who survived her injuries. He also faces four assault and battery charges for threatening or assaulting co-workers with a knife. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.


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