It seems clear from his Facebook page that Nathaniel Scheiern, who killed and tried to behead his grandparents, was a convert to Islam, not just a rage-filled loser with a taste for Islamic State beheading videos.
Entries on his Facebook page include semi-literate but unmistakable declarations of Islamic faith (the brackets are not interpolations by me or anyone else; they’re in the originals):
“Ponder no [ more ] and bombs to cease [ unwise strikes of Believers ] on ( Allah’s children, women, and the Elderly and the young ) who fight but by Example in except concepts to for (God and God alone) guidence and spiritual growth. One love n respect”
“None in mans wisdom can allow a [leader] to fall into the ways of those [ Secure ] in faith and full of patients lacking [ Allah ] and thus far from [ patience ] of (God) so the answer is up to free-will. And FREE I WILL (God willing) [His] Peoples Mind.”
“Rivers of punishment flow to [ advise ] for only God demands Praise.”
“Want Allah in All. !”
“Praise be to Allah who [ will ] in searing pain smite my enimies with haste … its not a race if quickness .but of [ Waste ] no more time in [ Staying ] pious and [ true ] in patiently waving.”
So why did the Los Angeles Times/Glendale News-Press in its new story on this case, and Westword below, leave out this information and give the impression that Scheiern was just a creep who enjoyed the occasional Islamic State video and unaccountably ended up killing and trying to behead his grandparents?
We shouldn’t have to read the tea leaves in mainstream media accounts to find out what is going on. But we do.
“Nathaniel Scheiern Posted Beheading Video Before Grandparents’ Slaying,” by Michael Roberts, Westword, July 10, 2015:
The video onetime Coloradan Nathaniel Scheiern posted on his Facebook page circa May 4 comes with an all-caps warning/message: “GRAPHIC FOOTAGE. ADULTS ONLY. LESSONS WITH LIFE’S TESTS MAKES EASY A`s!
The clip appears to be an ISIS terror video — and we’re not sharing it here because invective is followed by scenes of people being beheaded.
It’s too soon to know if material like this has any relation to the Glendale, California murders of Scheiern’s grandparents, William and Verna, for which Nathaniel was formally charged this week. But an autopsy reported cited by the Glendale News-Press reveals that William and Verna, ages 77 and 82 respectively, died of “blood loss from traumatic injuries.”
Nathaniel had reportedly been living with his grandparents for about a year because he was “troubled.”
Some of his difficulties were likely due to regular run-ins with law-enforcement departments in Colorado.
In 2007, he was again sharing the company of Weld County deputies owing to a parole violation — and in 2008, the agency put him on the hook for alleged criminal mischief and harassment, among other things.
January 2013 marked a jurisdiction switch. That time, he was busted in Jefferson County on a third-degree assault beef — and it appears he did some time related to it.
During December of 2013, he supplemented a photo of himself with this post: “Well I jus got outta the pokey n I missed a lot of people this past year. I apologize to my family who hurt the most but time for a better year. I missed you much friends n family. One Love kiddos.”
He appears to have still been in Colorado the following May, when he affixed a similar caption to the image at the top of his post: “Lifted…. 303 one love.”
William and Verna gave him a place to say at some point after that — the kind of largesse for which they were well known in their area.
“She was a very generous lady,” one neighbor said of Verna, noting that she’d paid for Nathaniel to get some dental work done. “She didn’t deserve this.”
We don’t yet know what else Nathaniel was doing in California. But it’s clear that something terrible happened there late last month.
The bodies of William and Verna were found on Sunday, June 28, after police were called to their home to conduct a welfare check. The door was open, and police quickly came to the conclusion that the couple might have been dead for several days.
Shortly thereafter, Nathaniel was found in a hospital; he’d been in what’s described as a serious car crash on Thursday, June 25, near the California community of Santa Clarita. Authorities believe he killed his grandparents before his accident.
He was subsequently taken into custody. Meanwhile, the ISIS-like videos on his Facebook page prompted local police to coordinate with the FBI’s counter-terrorism task force.
The videos, and the Facebook page, remain online at this writing. The following clip, also shared on May 4, does not contain any graphic footage.