Old News: The sisters, Sarah and Amina Said, are still dead;
their father-murderer, Yasir Abdul Said, has not yet been found; the mainstream
media continues its uncanny silence.
What's New: The reward for Said's capture has been doubled and Tissy Said, his
wife and the mother of the two murdered girls, has been ejected from the home
of her extended Muslim family. Her beloved son, Islam, (from whom she would not
willingly part), has been sent away from her. The Said family presumably want
him to be "around a man" (his paternal uncle in New York City) and not around his mother.
According to Tissy's great-aunt, the brave, outspoken, Gail Gartrell:
"I feel Tissy is in grave danger from her own son. This is what I think
his uncle is working through with Islam in New York. I fear his return. All the nieces
and nephews in the Said family are accusing Tissy of this being her fault. They
have turned on her. They blame her for allowing her daughters to see American
boys. She has become the enemy. When I spoke to Tissy, she seemed more upset
about this betrayal than about anything else. She told me she did not care if
he (Islam? or Yaser?) killed her or not. Now, her spirit is broken since her
Muslim family has walked away from her. Tissy told me that she wants to be
buried next to her daughters."
Tissy is an American citizen who is about 36-37 years old. She was married to
Yaser at fifteen.
Gartrell described being recently preyed upon by a local Texas reporter who said she was a private
investigator-in an effort to gain access to Tissy. The ruse did not work but it
sowed discord among family members. Gartrell and other great-aunts have,
reportedly, been threatened online and warned not to write about this case.
(One great-aunt was writing a book-she may no longer be doing so).
Gartrell tells me that no one can save Tissy but Tissy herself. She has to
"contact the police for help. A detective said the only way to protect her
was if she would be willing to leave Islam and go into hiding! "
Why is the media so disinterested? Their disinterest makes it harder for the
police to find Yaser and encourages the next honor murderer to strike. Chances
are, he will not be successfully pursued. Chances are, the world will not much
care. What about the young boys who tried to save Sarah and Amina and who
remain in hiding? The media silence endangers them more each day.