In this article, Buffalo News columnist Donn Esmonde recaps this sorry trial and lays bare the grotesque evasion of responsibility and finger-pointing of Muzzammil Hassan — the same evasion of responsibility and finger-pointing that we have seen so often from Islamic supremacists. Honor Killing in Buffalo Update: “Hassan gets damned by own witnesses,” by Donn Esmonde for the Buffalo News, February 4 (thanks to Block Ness):
Say it ain’t so, Mo. It’s bad enough that the guy slaughtered his wife. Mo Hassan’s attacks unfortunately didn’t end there. For days he has launched a Slo-Mo assault on the judicial system, subjecting us to a tortured courtroom self-defense that Thursday struck new depths of absurdity.
The only good news is that Hassan’s gag-reflex claim that he was the victim of domestic abuse, and not the wife whom he stabbed 40 times before beheading her two years ago, is lurching toward a merciful end. The “Mo Show,” which will go down among the lamest defenses in judicial history, is scheduled for closing arguments Monday.
The witnesses Hassan called Thursday were supposed to extricate him from his deep legal hole. Instead, they helped to dig his figurative grave. With “friends” like these, I hate to imagine what Hassan’s enemies have to say.
Hassan’s pretzel-logic attempts to paint his wife, Aasiya, as the domineering, abusive spouse and himself as the 300-pound victim backfired spectacularly Thursday. Not since the Hindenburg went down have we seen a public immolation of this magnitude.
Psychiatrist Gary Horwitz, under Hassan’s tortuously convoluted questioning, crafted the image of a controlling, spouse-battering beast. The description, presumably in the eyes of everyone in the courtroom save Hassan, fit the defendant as perfectly as the handles of the knives he held when he slaughtered his wife.
At Hassan’s prompting, Horwitz laid out the classic abuser behavior: Most violent when the victim takes steps to leave (Aasiya filed for divorce the week before she was killed).A tendency for “overkill” (Aasiya was stabbed 40 times and beheaded). And finally, surrendering after the murder (Hassan drove to the Orchard Park police station).
The only one in the courtroom who didn’t see that Hassan was painting his own portrait was the man himself. I think Hassan is so blinded by hubris, self-pity and sense of persecution that he does not understand he is making the case against himself. No surprise there. The same distorted perceptions fed the inner control freak that led him to slaughter his wife.
Every psychological term that Hassan pressed Horwitz to define — delusion, denial, projection — could be accompanied in the clinical textbook by Mo Hassan’s photo….