February 17th, 2009
03:36 PM ET

Founder of Islamic TV station accused of beheading wife

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/CRIME/02/16/buffalo.beheading/art.ny.beheading.cnn.jpg caption="Muzzammil Hassan has been charged with murder in the death of his wife, Aasiya Hassan."]
Deborah Brunswick and LaNeice Collins

NEW YORK (CNN) - 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 February 6, and police had responded to several domestic violence calls at the couple's home, Benz said.

Hassan went directly to the police station after his wife's death and confessed to killing her, Benz told CNN. Benz declined to give further details.

Attempts to reach an attorney for Hassan were unsuccessful, and his family didn't return calls from CNN.


Filed under: Islam • LaNeice Collins
soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. LacAsu#5

    It a shame when a woman wants out of a marriage, her head has to be cut off. During any divorce a counseling session should be mandatory for all couples until the divorce is finalized.

    February 17, 2009 at 9:35 pm |
  2. Lisa Griffiths Benalla - Australia

    What can anyone really say to this? As long as women as seen as property and not individuals this will continue. The gap between woman with freedom to be themselves and those who can not continues to widen, supposedly based on religion and culture.

    February 17, 2009 at 8:54 pm |
  3. Isabel Abreu, Brazil

    What terrible news!
    And absurd in today's!

    Sad tradition:
    There isn't a woman divorced, but yes a woman dead!

    February 17, 2009 at 8:42 pm |
  4. Annie Kate

    If we condemn Islam for what this man did then we need to condemn Christianity and Judaism in the same way when one of their flock kills their spouse in a domestic violence situation. Beheading, shooting, stabbing, strangulating, drowning, etc. – the way they kill their spouse does not matter – dead is dead. Condemn domestic violence and realize it happens across faiths and don't make this yet another reason people are encouraged to not trust or like Islam.

    February 17, 2009 at 8:27 pm |
  5. GF, Los Angeles

    I think it's too bad he's now strengthened stereotypes by abusing and then killing his wife. Was this any worse than any other husband killing their wife? I don't think so. There are many cases of husbands stabbing their wives to death to the point their heads are almost severed. Abuse and murder comes in all walks of life.

    February 17, 2009 at 7:01 pm |
  6. wileysnakeskins

    Direct from you everyday mosque teachings, right from the koran; If you don't start realizing what this really is you wll wake up to it every neighbor's house up and down your streets! This man was and is an islamic believer, no moderate, no radical, just your average everyday islamic believer, follower of the koran, hadith and the examples of mohammed. Can't wait for him to get off and move in as my next door neighbor, can you?

    — I shall cast terror into the hearts of the infidels. Strike off their heads, strike off the very tips of their fingers. (8:12)

    February 17, 2009 at 6:44 pm |
  7. JAN


    February 17th, 2009 5:19 pm ET

    Who cares? About A-Rod baseball been fell off or this story. Fix the economy!!!!


    February 17, 2009 at 5:55 pm |
  8. Charlotte D

    Yes, this will go a long way to counter our misconceptions about Islam. It is not a religion which condones abuse of women, holding them hostage in dangerous and abusive marriages. They are free to divorce just like men. They are not chattle for men to do with as they please. God help that poor woman and the fear and terror she must have felt in her final moments. I hope she was knocked out and did not see that knife coming towards her in the hands of her "beloved" husband.

    February 17, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  9. Jason Water

    Who cares? About A-Rod baseball been fell off or this story. Fix the economy!!!!!

    February 17, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  10. Tammy, Berwick, LA

    This is so horrific on so many levels. Once again domestic violence rears its demented self, and yet, we are more concerned about the stimulus package and A-Rod's steroid use than the murder of a wife and mom by her husband. I think our priorities in this nation are skewed. I hope you devote time to this story and prevention of domestic violence. This woman and the countless other victims of this crime every day deserve that much. I mostly feel saddened for the children of this couple. They are the ultimate victims of this man's rage. How they can ever heal from their father beheading their mother is beyond my comprehension. My thoughts and prayers are with them and the rest of their loved ones.

    February 17, 2009 at 5:05 pm |
  11. Mike, Syracuse NY

    Yes, I'm sure beheading your wife will counter those Muslim stereotypes. Maybe they are stereotypes for a reason.

    February 17, 2009 at 5:03 pm |