St. Louis Honor Killing – “Die Quickly! Die My Daughter, Die”

St. Louis, Missouri, 1991. Bare Naked Islam posted this horrendous story published in the New York Times. It captures a suspected PLO terrorist and his wife killing their daughter for shaming the family. Terror and Death at Home Are Caught in F.B.I. Tape

Published: October 28, 1991

Hoping to hear evidence of terrorist activities, the Federal Bureau of Investigation planted listening devices in the tiny apartment of a Palestinian-American more than two years ago. What the F.B.I. taped were the screams of a teen-age girl being stabbed to death.

Now, a jury that heard the tape-recorded voice of the 16-year-old pleading in vain for her life has convicted her parents of murder and recommended that they be put to death.

The jury deliberated more than four hours Saturday before asking for the death penalty against Zein Isa and his wife, Maria. On Friday, the jurors had convicted them in the death of their daughter Tina, the father for stabbing her and the mother for holding her down.

The girl’s screams and moans as she begged her parents not to kill her were captured by devices secretly planted in the apartment by Federal agents who were looking into possible illegal activities by Mr. Isa on behalf of the Palestine Liberation Organization.

Instead of international intrigue, the tapes captured a sometimes chilling, sometimes heartbreaking family drama involving clashes of cultures — Mr. Isa was born in Palestine and his wife in Brazil — and the parents’ attempts to control their daughter who, it seems, wanted to be an American teen-ager.

The surveillance unit was not staffed on Nov. 6, 1989, the night Tina Isa was killed. Soon after the killing, the F.B.I. turned over a number of tapes to the prosecutor, Dee Joyce-Hayes. They included a number of phone conversations with Zein Isa and several other daughters in which he seems to discuss various methods of getting rid of Tina, including accusing her of attacking him with a knife. Since the F.B.I. has refused to discuss the tapes, only some of which were used at the trial, it is not clear whether the authorities could have intervened to prevent the killing. Translated for Jury

The seven-minute tape of the killing, on which the father is heard shouting in Arabic “Die quickly!” in answer to his daughter’s cries, chilled the jury of seven women and five men and shocked court officials who thought they had seen and heard everything.

“It’s worse than any movie, any film, anything I thought that I would ever hear in my life,” said Bob Craddick, an assistant prosecutor for seven years, who has heard the tape seven or eight times.

The tape was a mixture of the three languages spoken in the household — Arabic, Portuguese and English — and was translated for the jury.

Judge Charles A. Shaw of Circuit Court set a Dec. 13 sentencing date for Mr. Isa, 61, a naturalized American citizen, and his wife, 48. The only alternative to the death sentence is life in prison without parole. The defendants are expected to appeal the verdict.

The Isas say the tape from Nov. 6, 1989, tells a story not of murder but of a struggle in which Mr. Isa killed the girl in self-defense after she threatened them and demanded money. The parents also maintained that their daughter may have been using drugs or alcohol, and that she had defied them by dating a young man they disapproved of.

Testimony indicated that Tina Isa clashed with her older sisters as well as her parents over her boyfriend and her night job at a fast-food restaurant. In the Isa household, it was brought out, the daughters were supposed to work only for their parents at home or at their small grocery store. They were not to date outside the faith nor leave home without permission. Maria Isa is Roman Catholic, while Zein Isa and the others are Muslim.

Tina (her full name was Palestina) was the last daughter at home and the most American of the family. She had lived in Brazil, Puerto Rico and on the West Bank, but she was happiest in St. Louis. An honor student, she played high school soccer over her father’s objections. Again over his objections, she went to the junior prom, only to be taken away by family members.

On the night of her death, Tina’s parents express anger on the tape that she was at work, then seem not to believe that she was at work at all. Then Tina’s father says: “Here, listen, my dear daughter, do you know that this is the last day. Tonight, you’re going to die?”

Tina responds: “Huh?”

Zein Isa replies: “Do you know that you are going to die tonight?”

The girl’s mother asks her questions about items in her schoolbag. In the midst of her conversation with her mother, Tina begins to shriek in fear.

“Keep still, Tina!” says her father.

“Mother, please help me!”

“Huh? What do you mean?” the mother says.

“Help! Help!”

“What help?” the mother responds.

Tina screams, and Maria says: “Are you going to listen? Are you going to listen?”

Screaming louder, Tina gasps: “Yes! Yes! Yes, I am!” then coughs and adds, “No. Please!” Six Wounds in Chest

The mother says, “Shut up!”

Tina continues to cry, but her voice is unintelligible.

“Die! Die quickly! Die quickly!” the father says.

The girl moans, seems to quiet, then screams one last time.

“Quiet, little one! Die my daughter, die!” the father says.

Tina was stabbed six times in the chest with a boning knife, which pierced her heart, one lung, and liver, investigators said.

Mr. Zein admitted on the witness stand that he put his foot on his daughter’s mouth to quiet her. His wife did not testify.

An alternate juror, Carl Smith, said he would think about the tape for the rest of his life. “I cried because I wish I could have been there to help her,” he said.

Another alternate, Jean Lloyd, said, “For him to say ‘die quickly’ and put his foot over her mouth, at some point I just wanted to stand up and scream.”

While deliberating, the jurors asked to rehear the tape of the killing. They did, over the protest of defense lawyers. Outside the courtroom, one lawyer said: “We don’t want them to play it. If they hear it again, it’ll kill us.” Cultural Rifts Remain

After the guilty verdicts, there were signs of the same cultural divisions that seemed to have caused the killing. As the findings were announced Friday, the parents looked straight ahead.

On one side of the courtroom, Tina Isa’s high school friends burst into tears; across the aisle, the Isa family and friends quietly clenched hands.

Soraia Salem, one of Tina’s sisters, said the system failed her sister. She said the family sought help from the police in the months before the murder, even asking for Tina to be placed in a foster home. But prosecutors said they found only one police report.

After the verdicts were read, an agitated family friend who would give her name only as Mrs. Abraham expressed her dismay at what she saw as the jury’s failure to acknowledge the Palestinian culture. “I feel it’s not right. We follow our religion,” said Mrs. Abraham. She said the Isas had to discipline their daughter or lose respect. “They’d be embarrassed in front of everybody in the country like somebody when they go without their clothes outside.”

But the third alternate juror had a different view. Recalling how the tape affected him, Charles Heuvelman said the parents had no right to kill their child “just because she wants to be an American teen-ager.”

And this from a Facebook page to honor the girl:

Palestina Isa (also known as Tina) was every parents dream child, a high school honor student, star athlete, popluar outgiong. Her dad, Zein Isa , was a Palestinian immigrant living in St. Louis.

After learning that Palestina had taken a part-time job without her parents’ permission, and dated an African American boyfriend, his Brazilian wife Maria held down Palestina, who was then repeatedly stabbed by Zein. Zein Isa was a member of the Abu Nidal Organization, which at the time he murdered his daughter was plotting to bomb the Israeli Embassy in Washington, D.C..

A crucial factor in his trial was that the FBI had bugged Zein’s house in connection with his suspected terrorist activities, and had recorded Palestina’s murder on an audio cassette. This was especially important in confirming that Maria was an active participant in the murder, and that Zein’s claim of self-defense was unwarranted.

On December 20, 1991 both Zein and Maria Isa were convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to death.

On April 1, 1993 Zein Isa was indicted by the FBI in connection with his Abu Nidal Organization activities, but the charges were dropped because he was already on Death Row. Zein Isa died of diabetes on February 17, 1997. Maria’s death sentence was commuted to life imprisonment without parole.

Tina’s sisters later came out to say that she was a bad daughter who deserved to die!

23 thoughts on “St. Louis Honor Killing – “Die Quickly! Die My Daughter, Die”

  1. Where is this Islam ” The Religion of Peace ” they keep talking about? All I see is hate and destruction coming from it’s followers.

    Kaafir, on January 29, 2012 at 5:32 PM said:

    Reap what you sow..If the Muslims will kill their own children for stupid arse reasons, just think how easy it would be for them to kill us infidels. Wouldn’t even bat an eye and people still feel sorry for these low life people..Peace to all non-Muslims who love life.

  2. The religion of peace will be the religion of peace when everyone on earth is destroyed by islam and when islam finally destroys itself. But right now the religion of peace only applies to muslims who are muslim enough to be called muslims by radical muslims. Hate and destruction is what the newer writings of the quran teaches, which those who are muslim enough, must live by, if not then they are destroyed, thus there can’t be any moderate muslims.

  3. Why are they here? What do we have to gain from bringing them here. They are working with the drug cartels in Mexico now to get into this country. They are on our southern border and laundering money for terror thru the drug cartels. We have beheaded bodies showing up in the US now near the border. Would you believe we have ten of the muslim brotherhood guys in our Homeland Security Dept? When we go down we will have nobody to blame but ourselves.

    • The usurper in the Whitehouse will do everything he can to advance and protect his murderous darlings. They and the OWS crowd are part of that civilian police corps he was rattling about. Every branch of federal and municipal governments as well as our schools have become infiltrated by those who want us destroyed.


  4. The Socialists in the Democratic Party are allowing the Muslims to practice Islamic law in the USA, knowing full well that it includes putting their children to death for actions that are not criminal in the USA, in order to lure them into their voter base so that they can obtain the necessary votes to take control of the US government in order to over throw Democracy and install a Socialist government in the USA that will accommodate their Muslim Brotherhood and it’s affiliate terrorist organizations and their supporters.


  6. Hummm, they don’t want their daughter to live like an American, they want to maintain their own culture and live under shiria law – simple, MOVE BACK TO PALESTINE!!!!

    • Palastine In ancient times, home of the god Moloch. When a firstborn child was given to a couple they reared it till its first birthday whereupon they dressed it and carried it to the temple where it was cast into the lap of Moloch where a fire consumed it. These child hating monsters and killers are the spiritual kin of those ancient devils brought here to call evil good.

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  8. Sharia Law is sedition and treasonous because it directly goes against the Constitution of The United States.

    Question: Can a Muslim be a good American (or citizen in a Western country) ?

    Kaafir, on January 21, 2012 at 12:36 PM said of recent Jihad attacks:

    But yet the American government, to be politically correct, refuses to call it as it is, a Muslim problem. Just radical Muslim or terrorists. When are people going to see that it is the Muslims causing all the problems.


    This is very interesting and we all need to read it from start to finish and send it on to anyone who will read it. Maybe this is why our American Muslims are so quiet and not speaking out about any atrocities. Can a good Muslim be a good American? This question was forwarded to a friend who worked in Saudi Arabia for 20 years. The following is his reply:

    Theologically – no . . . Because his allegiance is to Allah, The moon God of Arabia

    Religiously – no. . . Because no other religion is accepted by His Allah except Islam (Quran, 2:256)(Koran)

    Scripturally – no. . . Because his allegiance is to the five Pillars of Islam and the Quran.

    Geographically – no . Because his allegiance is to Mecca , to which he turns in prayer five times a day.

    Socially – no. . . Because his allegiance to Islam forbids him to make friends with Christians or Jews..

    Politically – no. . . Because he must submit to the mullahs (spiritual leaders), who teach annihilation of Israel and destruction of America , the great Satan.

    Domestically – no. . Because he is instructed to marry four Women and beat and scourge his wife when she disobeys him (Quran 4:34)

    Intellectually – no. . Because he cannot accept the American Constitution since it is based on Biblical principles and he believes the Bible to be corrupt.

    Philosophically – no. . . Because Islam, Muhammad, and the Quran do not allow freedom of religion and expression.. Democracy and Islam cannot co-exist. Every Muslim government is either dictatorial or autocratic.

    Spiritually – no. . . Because when we declare ‘one nation under God,’ the Christian’s God is loving and kind, while Allah is NEVER referred to as Heavenly father, nor is he ever called love in The Quran’s 99 excellent names.

    Therefore, after much study and deliberation….
    Perhaps we should be very suspicious of ALL MUSLIMS
    in this country. – – – They obviously cannot be both
    ‘good’ Muslims and good Americans.

    Call it what you wish, it’s still the truth. You had better believe it. The more who understand this, the better it will be for our country and our future. The religious war is bigger than we know or understand.

    Can a muslim be a good soldier???

    Army Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, opened fire at Ft. Hood and Killed 13. He is a good Muslim!!!

    Peace to all non-muslims with a brain.

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    • Tina Isa was a student at Roosevelt High School. My uncle was a general repair self contractor who knew Mr. Isa. Isa owned a small store front shop which had a back room where you could buy “drugs and guns” according to my Italian immigrant uncle. I have also seen in media print that Tina told her father that if he broke her up with her African-American boyfriend that she would retaliate by going to the FBI to tell about his trips to New York with weapons and explosives. There is evidently a connection to preparations for the first World Trade Center bombing. The FBI “bugs” by using the phone in the house and reversing the reception through AT&T which is completely legal. This was “Sharia Law” pure and simple. I just did not know that the mother was a Catholic from Brazil. She held the girl down. What arrogance for the father to “put his shoe in her face”.

If sharia law continues spreading, you'll have less and less freedom of speech - so speak while you can!

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