If you can learn a lot about a person by looking at their social media, the Jacob Mugambi Muriithi story does not add up.
Michael Bates of the Oklahoma political blog, Batesline, found Muriithi’s Facebook page, where the would-be lone-wolf beheader goes by Mugambi J. Muriithi. Not only are there no indications of Islamic radicalism on his Facebook page, there are no indications that he is even a Muslim. Most of his friends and family appear to be Christians. I didn’t vet every single one of his Facebook friends, but the ones I did, were Christians.
Muriithi appears to post on Facebook infrequently – or has strict privacy settings. Only two posts and their comments are visible. The most recent post on August 13 was a change in his profile picture to the NY Giants Logo – with comments about football beneath.
If he is a radicalized Islamist – there’s no hint of it on his Facebook page.
There are two other possibilities.
1. He has a very inappropriate sense of humor. He was joking about supporting ISIS and wanting to behead his coworker. Maybe he thought she was going along with the joke.
2. He’s being framed.
The jury is still out on this one.