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Russell Square killing: ‘mentally ill’ Zakaria Bulhan understands the charges

Russell Square killing: a look at reporting on the death of Darlene Horton and Zakaria Bulhan’s arrest in London.

Bulhan, 19, has been charged with murdering Mrs Horton and attempting to murder Martin Hoenisch, Lillie Selletin, David Imber, Bernard Hepplewhite and Yovel Lewronski, who were all injured.

Daily Star: “REVEALED: Tragic last text sent by American stabbed to death in Russell Square”

THE last text sent by Darlene Horton.. has revealed how much she loved our great capital.

She texted a friend:

 “…I do love London and could stay until November easily.”

The Sun: “Darlene Horton planned to play tennis with best pal shortly before tragedy struck”

Tragedy struck. Or a killer struck?

OC Register: “San Jose man describes attempt to stop London stabbing suspect”

Martin Hoenisch, 59, is a retired firefighter. He says:

“I’m a firefighter. I’m a good guy. Any guy would try to stop this…. He [the alleged killer] never broke his stride.”

Did “cool and calm” Zakaria Bulhan say anything?

“He never said a word,” Hoenisch said.


“I freaking love London.”

Bulhan has been at Westminster Magistrates’ Court. Much has been made of suggestions that he is mentally unwell. The Irish Times sees him in the dock.

The teenager mumbled his name, address and date of birth to the court with his hand over his mouth. Bulhan was unrepresented in court and sat hunched throughout the short hearing with his hand over his mouth.

He held his face in his hand as the names of the victims were read to him in court. When asked if he understood the charges, he nodded and gave the judge a thumbs-up gesture. Bulhan was remanded in custody and ordered to appear at the Old Bailey on August 9th.

He appears to have understood everything.


Posted: 7th, August 2016 | In: Reviews | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Russell Square attack: armed police target ‘Jihadi’ Zakaria Bulhan and the mentally ill

Russell Square attack: at look at reporting on the death of Darlene Horton and Zakaria Bulhan’s arrest.

Pamela Gellar knows all about it: “Darlene Horton, American Murder Victim of Jihad Attack in London.”

We do not know that the accused, one Zakaria Bulhan, is a jihadi. We also don’t know if, as is alleged, he was driven by poor mental health to murder one and stab five more people in central London. Undeterred by fact, Gellar ploughs on:

This jihadi targeted tourists — those injured are Australian, American, Israeli and British.

No. The alleged killer targeted anyone. How he picked them out from the crowds, we don’t know. London is a city of many creeds and colours. The idea that Bulhan could identity tourists from native Londoners is absurd. Granted, US tourists are fond of massive plaid shorts and location T-shirts, but Darlene Horton was wearing neither when she was killed. Moreover, despite efforts by members of the Labour party, Oxford University, the Left and BBC journalists, the Israeli victim was not wearing a huge Swastika on her arm, goose-stepping up the pavement and deserving of attack.

The Metro: Israeli teenager Yovel Lewkoswski says the killer was cool and clam when he struck.

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The Guardian: the paper’s front page says an American woman was killed by a man. The paper sees fit to note the victim’s nationality but not that of the alleged killer.


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Inside, the Guardian notes: “A 19-year-old Norwegian of Somali heritage was arrested on suspicion of murder after the attack that also left two women and three men injured, one seriously.”

It adds:

Police said there was no evidence the attack was terrorism-related and evidence to date pointed to mental health issues sparking a “spontaneous” knife attack on strangers selected at random.

There ere lots of people with mental health issues out there. Should we be afraid of them? The Guardian adds:

The number of police officers, including armed officers has been increased on the streets of the capital in the wake of the attacks as “a precautionary measure”. Police said that would continue “for as long as we need it to”.

Nothing to do with terror, Islamists and jihadis, then. This is about the fear of people with mental health issues. This is how we treat the mentally ill in the UK: we aim guns at them and treat them as suspects.

The paper also noted:

Although police say terrorism is just one possible line of enquiry in the Russell Square attack, its comes amid heightened fear of a terrorist attack in the UK. On Sunday, Britain’s most senior police officer, Met commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, said an attack was a matter of when not if.

Does Sir Bernard-Howe think we should lock up everyone with mental health issues, just to be on the safe side?

The Telegraph features the news on its front page. It’s a small story: “man kills tourist”. It also says the police “fear terror attack”.


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The Times shows us the victim. It says Darlene Horton’s alleged killer has a “history of mental health issues”. There is no focus on terror.


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The woman who was killed in the knife rampage in central London on Wednesday night had been due to fly home to America yesterday.

Darlene Horton, 64, was stabbed in front of her husband, a psychology professor in Florida. She bled to death despite the efforts of paramedics after a knifeman attacked six people in Russell Square. One witness reported that Ms Horton’s last words were: “He’s still here, he’s still here.”

Richard Wagner, her husband, had brought students to the UK to study “how the principles of psychology apply in different cultures” and to “immerse themselves in British culture”, according to the programme on Florida State University’s website.

In the Mail, Darlene Horton is the victim of a “teenage migrant’s knife frenzy”. To the Mail, this is an immigration issue.


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The Indy leads with: “Russell Square attack: London student Zakaria Bulhan named as suspect in stabbing that left American woman dead”

Such are the facts.

Posted: 5th, August 2016 | In: Key Posts, Reviews | Comment (1) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0