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9/5/2014

Woman Beheaded In North London

Filed under: General — Dana @ 6:06 am

[guest post by Dana]

Just horrific.

An 82-year-old woman was beheaded in a north London suburban garden by a man with a machete.

Palmira Silva, a widow and grandmother described as “such a sweet lady” by one neighbour, was killed outside her home in Edmonton in a random but frenzied assault by a 25-year-old.

Witnesses said they saw the man, wielding a foot-long blade, attack a passing vehicle and a cat before roaming back gardens looking for a victim.

Police believe he also tried to attack two people at another home in the street, but they were able to escape without injury.

The man was arrested after armed officers, who had distracted him to prevent further attacks, cornered him in a house and brought him down with a Taser stun gun. Some officers were injured.

Mrs Silva, who was of Italian descent, was pronounced dead at the scene.

One line of inquiry for detectives is understood to be that the man was inspired by recent footage of terrorists beheading two American journalists in Syria.

Some residents claimed last night that the suspect was a local man who had converted to Islam last year, but those claims could not be verified. Detectives said they had ruled out terrorism.

Terrified neighbors described the scene:

Freda Odame, 30, a catering worker, said she heard a commotion and pulled back her curtains to see a man in his mid-20s with a knife.

“Someone was shouting and the door was banging. I could hear the screaming but I could not hear what he was saying,” she said.

“I could see that he had a big curved knife, about the size of an arm’s length and he was crouching as if frantically searching for something. He had a crazed look in his eyes so I closed my curtains because I was scared.

Det Chief Insp John Sandlin, leading the investigation, stated:

“We are confident that we are not looking for anyone else at this stage. Whilst it is too early to speculate on what the motive behind this attack was I am confident, based on the information currently available to me, that it is not terrorist related.”

–Dana

Update: The identity of the suspect has been released: Nick Salvadore, 25 years old, an aspiring cage fighter who converted to Islam five years ago.

22 Responses to “Woman Beheaded In North London”

  1. Ask the 82 year old sweet lady if terror was involved, ya poof.

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  2. If this had happened here, the DOJ would label it a “domestic dispute.”

    Joe Miller (00407a)

  3. While it’s not impossible that the guy was a psycho who got off on beheadings, there’s also a strong possibility he was at least an ISIS wannabe. Just as not every white supremacist crime is linked to the KKK or Aryan Nations, not every Islamic Supremacist criminal is in contact with Al Qaeda or ISIS.

    We are fighting a global war with Islamic Supremacists. Not all people who are Islamic Supremacists are directly linked to the active forces, but some will decide to start a war at home. It isn’t terrorism per se, but it is inspired by terrorism.

    OmegaPaladin (f4a293)

  4. It isn’t terrorism per se, but it is inspired by terrorism.

    Agree. However it is thus “terrorist related”, is it not?

    WTP (60406d)

  5. Until the Brits start officially calling A Spade A Spade,
    these be-headings will continue and accelerate in pace.
    Talk about having a 9/10 mindset.

    askeptic (efcf22)

  6. Round here, someone probably would have grabbed a rifle and shot the guy in the head.
    That really is the best solution.

    Ibidem (463c59)

  7. It’s because a black man is president of the United States, isn’t it? Raaaaacists!!!!!!!!

    daleyrocks (bf33e9)

  8. If he hurt the cat, there will be hell to pay!

    Kevin M (b357ee)

  9. The Long March is over in Britain, and the institutions are lost. It will take a UKIP victory and a firm will to rebuild everything from scratch.

    Kevin M (b357ee)

  10. I should take this moment to point out that multiculturalism can still be stopped here in America. But tick-tock.

    Kevin M (b357ee)

  11. I don’t think it can unless some of the Left’s favored classes start to show up with extremely tight haircuts – like, at-the-collar.
    But, even then, they’ll probably blame the TEA Party, or George Bush.

    askeptic (efcf22)

  12. Well, at least some progress is being made. The article acknowledges, “Some residents claimed last night that the suspect was a local man who had converted to Islam last year, but those claims could not be verified.” I think that five years ago the Daily Telegraph would have have included those claims; they would have been happy to blissfully gloss over them.

    On the other hand, there is still work to do: “Detectives said they had ruled out terrorism,” and then later in the article:

    Det Chief Insp John Sandlin, leading the investigation, added: ‘We are confident that we are not looking for anyone else at this stage. Whilst it is too early to speculate on what the motive behind this attack was I am confident, based on the information currently available to me, that it is not terrorist related.”

    So the British media is now willing to reluctantly acknowledge up front that where a beheading occurs, there is certainly a chance it was inspired by a radical Islamist, but the English constabulary still wants to pretend that “terrorism” can immediately ruled out, as if beheading isn’t related to a general desire to sow terror among the citizenry.

    JVW (638245)

  13. Yes, it wasn’t terrorism, but Heaven help you if you harm some punter who breaks into your house while you’re home and threatens you.
    That poor misbegotten yute will receive counseling and the homeowner will go to jail for committing a violet offense.
    England, a country that gave us the concept of a Rule of Law, has been turned upside-down.

    askeptic (efcf22)

  14. I couldn’t find any reports on the beheading in the NYT or the LAT. The Wapo had an article about it but didn’t mention the neighbors’ claim of him being a recent convert to Islam, nor of the makeup of the area.

    Dana (4dbf62)

  15. The suspect’s identity has been released: Nick Salvadore, 25 years old, an aspiring cage fighter who converted to Islam five years ago.

    Dana (4dbf62)

  16. These cowards need to be beheaded first.
    Mr. Truman is needed, pronto.

    mg (31009b)

  17. Has MSNBC managed to find a way to link Salvadore to the Tea Party or UKIP yet?

    max (4fdf98)

  18. Isn’t the rich tapestry of diversity ever so sweet?

    Perfectsense (18605b)

  19. It’s because a black man is president of the United States, isn’t it? Raaaaacists!!!!!!!!

    daleyrocks (bf33e9) — 9/5/2014 @ 10:32 am

    Gimme a minute, I need to get my flame suit on….
    *ugh* *grunt* *streeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeetch* *SNAP!!!* OW! That hurt!

    OK, ready now:

    It’s the wrong black man, Daley. I doubt we would have anywhere near this kind of problem with a Dr Sowell, Dr Williams, LTC West, or perhaps Dr Carson as President.

    I denounce myself.

    Bill H (f9e4cd)

  20. foot-long blades last i checked aren’t particularly long they’re not bloody machetes

    to say nothing of subway sammiches

    happyfeet (a785d5)

  21. Hmmm… The UK’s “Adam Fluckwit**” of Kitchen Knives.

    .

    .

    **I refuse to use the prick’s name. You know who I mean.

    Obama, Teh One... (225d0d)

  22. If this had happened here, the DOJ would label it a “domestic dispute.”

    Not if the victim were a black woman person of color, and the offender a two-bit white punk looking for spare change.

    THEN it would racism-inspired violence and all over the news 24/7 for the next month.

    Obama, Teh One... (225d0d)

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