September 13, 2007, - 5:34 am

Abdullah Psycho: How To Get Your Teen Daughter to Covert to Islam, Marry a Palestinian, and Move to Terroristan

By Debbie Schlussel
18-year-old Katherine Lester is on her way to Jericho in the so-called “West Bank” of Israel. And she has a one way ticket.
The small-town Michigan teen is about to convert to Islam, wear a hijab, and marry a Palestinian Muslim who went by the name “Abdullah Psycho” on MySpace. No longer will anyone see her long, flowing blonde hair. And no longer will anyone in America see her, period. She is lost to her family forever. (Video here.) She left Wednesday for Islamic terrorist-dominated Jericho.

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Katherine Lester:

From Cute Small-Town Teen Girl to Islamic Palestinian Wife
Unlike the same scenario last year, this time neither her family nor the FBI can stop her.
If you don’t want this to happen to your daughter, don’t follow the “parenting” example of Ms. Lester’s father and stepmom, Terry and Krista.
Just over a year ago, Katherine Lester was a 16-year-old Michigan teen in small town Michigan going behind her mother’s back on MySpace. She furtively corresponded back-and-forth with “Abdullah Psycho” a/k/a Abdullah Jimzawi a/k/a Abdullah Jinzawi, a 25-year-old Palestinian Muslim (who–surprise!–lied about his age online) in the terrorist-dominated, extremist town of Jericho. Yes, what was once the same Biblical Jericho.
But this story isn’t Biblical. It’s tragic.
Lester lied and said she was going to visit Canada, tricked her mother into getting her a passport, and instead flew to New York to stay with Jimzawi’s relatives in Brooklyn, who helped facilitate this sleazy scheme. (So glad they’re U.S. citizens, aren’t you?) Abdullah Psycho wired them the money for Lester’s one-way ticket to Israel, where she planned to convert to Islam and become Mrs. Psycho . . . perhaps one of four Mrs. Psychos. Lester got all the way to Jordan, where she was finally stopped by the FBI and returned home.
Abdullah Psycho’s mother–let’s call her Umm Psycho [partial Arabic for "Mother of Psycho"] lamented to the press about this unfortunately dashed situation. After all, teen Katherine planned to convert to Islam and “wear the head covering” (the Islamic headscarf, or hijab). Per Umm Psycho’s instructions, Ms. Lester had packed two important garments: a pink dress for the engagement and a white dress for the wedding. Oh, and a lot of scarves for her head.
The biggest tragedy to the Psycho a/k/a Jimzawi/Jinzawi family: Now Mr. Psycho would have to scrap his plans for a visa and green card to America, which many of his fellow Jericho-ite Palestinians sought and obtained after they lured lonely and desperate Americans like Katherine Lester via MySpace and other online mechanisms.
When the FBI returned the Lester daughter back to Michigan, a court hearing was held. Her father and stepmother sought custody from Lester’s mother. After all, it was Lester’s mother who unwittingly allowed this fiasco to happen. Unfortunately, father and stepmommy won. It was the beginning of the end.
Not long after the hearing, Lester’s father and stepmom, the media-awestruck Terry and Krista, began pimping their teen daughter out to the biggest media bidders. They saw stars . . . and cameras. And they couldn’t get enough. So much for protecting their daughter.
First, there was an all-expense paid trip to New York for a live “Good Morning America” interview with all three. Then, there was the “Seventeen Magazine” article: “Online Love: Make It Work!” Parents, let that be a lesson to you: “Seventeen” is not your daughter’s friend. Or yours. It’s trash.

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During the GMA interview, Terry and Krista Lester informed ABC News that they would allow their daughter to continue her online and telephone relationship with Abdullah Pyscho. They would even allow her to explore Islam and converting to this glorious religion. I wrote a critical column about it, and soon after, I received a sewer-mouthed, insult-filled rant from stepmommy Krista in response, telling me I was an unworthy writer (so unworthy, she spent at least an hour of time better spent pimping her stepdaughter to the media and the “Religion of Peace,” to write her screed to me).
The end of Krista Lester’s e-mail is worthy of your attention because it is the hallmark utterance of lazy parenting. The Second Mrs. Lester’s parenting advice is the epitome of what NOT to do if you don’t want this to happen to your daughter:

Date: Wed, 28 Jun 2006 14:15:03 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: From Katherine Lester’s “evil stepmother” Krista Lester
From: Krista Lester
To: dschlussel@yahoo.com
Hi,
[DS: I edited out the three long paragraphs of run-on sentence insults directed at me.]
. . . .Of course if this was your child, you would lock her up. Heck, just throw away the key. You’re right! Why didn’t we think of that? We can forbid her from finishing school, or leaving the house at all. Did you ever read the book, “Flowers in the Attic,” because that would maybe work . . . lock her in the attic with no contact whatsoever with the outside world. Do you think that is realistic? That she won’t go to school and borrow someone’s phone, or get on a computer at work and use a computer to shoot him an e-mail? Oh, that’s right, she will be locked up, so she should never get to have a job or go to school. We are not encouraging her to develop a relationship with this man, but she is going to do it whether we approve or not, so we would rather have it here under our control, rather than convince her the best thing to do is return to a country where we, nor she will have any type of control. She is young, and doesn’t understand their culture. Forgive us for trying to keep her here in America where she is safe. Do you remember being a teen-ager, as long ago as that probably was for you? When our parents told us we could not date someone, did we just say “oh, ok, you’re right…I won’t like him anymore…”
No, we were even more determined to see that person, and they probably lived nearby. So our parents’ biggest fear was that we might sneak out of the house to go down the street to see him. Well, OUR biggest fear here is that our daughter might sneak out of the country again, and this time NEVER come back. We must be some horrible, evil parents to want to try to avoid that from happening.
You make me sick.
Sincerely,
Krista Lester

In “Flowers in the Attic,” a crazy single mother locked her children in an attic for years, and they had incestuous sex with each other. No-one advocated that here. I only advocated a little parenting and constructive supervision, instead of pimping out their daughter to the media and encouraging her to stay in touch with a Palestinian Muslim who lied about his age, called himself “Abdullah Psycho,” and wanted an American Muslim-convert bride for a green card.
I mean, the nerve of me. Who would ever consider educating their daughter on the real perils of Islam, especially for a young American girl with her whole life ahead of her? Not her stepparents, apparently.
Actually, on these kinds of things I listened to my parents. Silly me. Instead, I could be on my way to greater Islamic Arabia right now, like their daughter is, about to embark on a great new opportunity of being one of four Islamic baby-making machines and the singular greencard opportunity in the family. Damn my parents for watching over my every move. I missed out on “Katherine’s Excellent Adventure.”
Clearly, the Lester father’s and stepmother’s “parenting” idea didn’t work. (I’ve also heard rumors they allowed their daughter to hang out and live temporarily in Dearborn to “explore” Islam.)
And now the Lester parents’ “biggest fear” is coming true. They had a year before their daughter turned eighteen to prevent it and change her behavior, educate her about Islam. Instead, they did worse than nothing. They encouraged this relationship in the name of lax parenting and enticing media opportunities.
I may have made her parents “sick”. But their behavior made them heartsick. Or did it?
Now, Katherine Lester is lost to Islam and the barbaric Palestinian jungle of a “society,” forever. Or at least until “Abdullah Psycho” Jimzawi wants his green card.

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Katherine Lester’s New Future
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Read my previous work on the Abdullah Psycho/Katherine Lester story here, here, here, here, here, and here.

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51 Responses

I think back to my ‘state of awareness’ at that age, and I grew up in the 50s and 60s, and I remember running into psychos, I grew up close to Philadelphia. Today there is so much information out there and at the age of 59 I can’t really get all that concerned about psychos. Birds of a feather. Sorry, hate to sound cold.

John Cunningham on September 13, 2007 at 6:28 am

Have you no sense of humor? Why do you think they call 8th Avenue in NYC the Minnesota Strip?
When this whole thing blows up and she runs or gets killed, think of the made for TV movie that will come our way, the Times editorials.
Sorry, I have compassion fatique real bad for stuff like this, sorry, but we will see a great story later on. Maybe she will be used to breed suicide bombers. Blondies won’t fit the profile.

taffy on September 13, 2007 at 8:41 am

Sorry Debbie but, I just dont feel sorry for this tramp at all. Pardon my French but, Fcuk her, let her go. The only thing I would be concerned about is her coming back into this country with her barbarian husband and barbarian offspring. In a few years she will probably grow tired and jealous of her future “husband” railing his other wives and beg her parents to take her back.

RadicalRightWinger on September 13, 2007 at 9:19 am

She’s stupid, she will die and the fault will lie with her first, then her parental units.
I just hope that it happens before she reproduces, that way the stupid gene stops with her.
Hey! Maybe a candidate for a Darwin Award, huh?

LSUChris on September 13, 2007 at 11:05 am

I see a “Not Without My Daughter” Part II movie in the making here. This one starring Lindsay Lohan instead of Sally Field. LOL. Now she would look good in a terrorist du-rag (aka Burka).

JasonBourne81 on September 13, 2007 at 12:17 pm

I agree with RadicalrightWinger. The moment I saw words like “myspace” and “love” and “islam”, I just saw this coming. The blonde did this to herself, and now she’s gonna realize who our enemy is.
Prediction…she’ll come back and try to run for office…and tell us that islamic men are better than christian ones.

Squirrel3D on September 13, 2007 at 12:47 pm

Debbie,
Thank you for re-visiting this story for your readers. You have exposed something that I have been concerned with for many years, and the reason that I am now divorced, and that is, LAZY PARENTING! It’s an epidemic of substantial proportions in our society. Too many people that have children refuse to understand the difference to being their child’s friend and/or being their child’s parent. I make this distinction in no uncertain terms to my daughters constantly. When your children have reached adulthood and they have been raised with firm, decent morals and values, only then can and should a parent be their friend. Parenting is NOT SUPPOSED TO BE EASY, and it’s not!

Yiddish Steel on September 13, 2007 at 12:47 pm

This reminds me of Moonies and other cults. Anyone who can be completely absorbed into a foreign, dogmatic religion is a weak person with a lack of identity and self-esteem. They see themselves as worthless and they’re looking for value outside of themselves. Good riddance, she’s a psychological error, let the muslims have her.

steve ventry on September 13, 2007 at 12:50 pm

I don’t think we’ve heard the last of Leslie. I sure hope Homeland Security has a DNA sample for her, they will most likely need to refer to it in the future. She’s a real blonde bombshell.

Tresho on September 13, 2007 at 1:14 pm

The image you have used is a protected by copyright. Since you have failed to recieve proper permission for use of the image I will be reporting you to the owner.

AHDoubleXL on September 13, 2007 at 2:07 pm

How do you know this man is even a terrorist? You people are all fear-mongers. Sure shes an idiot for wanting to marry a guy over MySpace, but would this have been as big of a deal if this guy was German, or British? I think not. Who is to say she would even wear the hajib? Debbie is making so much of this crap up.

AHDoubleXL on September 13, 2007 at 2:51 pm

That Jabba pic is so terrible and funny. Reminds of the scenes from “300″ in the brothel-like tent.

Jeremiah on September 13, 2007 at 4:32 pm

LIVE, FROM FALLUJAH, IT’S AH DOUBLE XL!!!!!!!!! (thunderous applause has he takes the stage). Lol.

JasonBourne81 on September 13, 2007 at 6:12 pm

“Debbie is making so much of this crap up.”
Oh, if only that were true!!!!!!!!!!!!!

nick4693 on September 13, 2007 at 6:59 pm

As a therapist in private practice for nearly 30 years I’m pretty astounded at the comments I have read so far young uninformed child and her misguided and misdirected parents or caregivers. Frankly there is no comparison between any other cults and the religion of Islam. There are too numerous to list here verses and chapters directing the followers of Mohammed to do with the infidels, absorb their cultures and eradicate all religions except Islam. The West had better wake up quickly or it will be too late to take a stand and to maintain our freedoms as we enjoy them today. What troubles me most is that there is enough information for Leslie and her stepparents to gain a better understanding about Islam and its treatment of women let alone the whole control factor whereupon women have no voice or no input into how things are run. I have attempted to work with couples where one was Christian and one was Muslim faith and it was a disaster. They were unable to agree on the most sacred aspect of the relationship and that was their spirituality. And guess for the fight came out the most? If you said the children you are correct. A tug-of-war developed and fortunately for the mother, who was from a far Eastern country, was awarded full custody of the children and the right to raise them as she saw fit. If this young impressionable woman is allowed to emigrate to Jericho she will literally be destroyed by the process that she will go through. I hope she gets some reality-based counseling education and better understanding of what she is about to do. But the comments above are really a surprise to me because they are so crass and insensitive and dismissive of a human being. Keep up the good work Debbie! These kinds of heart wrenching stories need to be put before the public all the time so that we can have a collective wake-up call before it’s too late. Islam is dead set on the destruction of the West and all that it stands for good and bad. I know one thing is for sure as a Christian if I decide to renounce my faith no one is going to come after me and cut my head off or try to kill me!

Joseph M. Gates on September 13, 2007 at 8:33 pm

AHDoubleXL, I think you had a little too much weed today. Get off your high and smell the fresh air, then you’ll realize what is going on in this country.

Squirrel3D on September 13, 2007 at 9:41 pm

“How do you know this man is even a terrorist? You people are all fear-mongers. Sure shes an idiot for wanting to marry a guy over MySpace, but would this have been as big of a deal if this guy was German, or British? I think not. Who is to say she would even wear the hajib? Debbie is making so much of this crap up.”
Posted by: AHDoubleXL
If you can read AHDXXL–you could connect the dots. The moron calls himself Abdullah Psycho. the moron lied about his age. The moron did the unforgiveable sin of pulling a child away from her family to a foreign country –all with his Mother of all Pyscho’s complicity.
What the he__ is it with you idiots? You want to defend such an idiot–you are probably a terrorist too. Look–not all terrorists are the same stripe and color. Some are terrorist by virtue of their support of other terrorists and some by their pretending that they are “neutral” –like the moron who is actually promoting hiz-bullah on his web site in the new DS post–the one who was practicing with his AK-47 for a 911 practice round between medical classes at a local park.
What the he__ is it with you idiots? Idiots like you make it impossible for us to trust any muslim. At least if you lied about your approval of this moron Abdullah Psycho–we might still be fooled about you! You must be poster child for America’s stupidest terrorists!

BB on September 13, 2007 at 9:54 pm

I am not surprised at the comments posted here. There are so many incredibly stupid people in the world doing equally incredibly stupid things that one learns to become numb to their actions to maintain one’s own sanity. What this girl is doing is tragic. Sure the blame can be laid on her parents and her own actions but we can’t forget the wonderful media’s role in this tragedy.
The media I am referring to is trash like Seventeen magazine. It is frightening to think what warped minds come up with that blather on a monthly basis. It is an atrocity for people to prey on young minds the way they do. I stick them a notch above pedophiles. I am surprised there aren’t more teenage girls doing stupid things in the name of beauty, love and popularity.
I’m sure plenty of girls were swooning over Abdullah Psycho’s picture and fully understanding why Katherine Lester would run away from her family to be with him. “Oooo, how romantic!,” was surely the robotic response from impressionable readers.
Thank you, Debbie for voicing a concern over this situation. You help enlighten others to the pixie dust spread over our teens that shape their impressionable young minds and the irresponsibility of parents who are more concerned with being friends with their kids than being the guiding disciplinarians that good parents are.

The_Kat‚Ñ¢ on September 13, 2007 at 10:26 pm

First off, attacking my intelligence is only hurting your credibility…not mine. Second, I in no way said that the man mentioned did not have bad intentions. This man could very well be a terrorist, and this girl could be falling in to a trap. It is however WRONG for everyone to automatically declare him a terrorist. Do you people believe that EVERY muslim is a terrorist?
Third, Debbie is COMPLETELY biased for two reasons. One, because she is Jewish. There is nothing wrong with being Jewish, it is however going to affect her feelings towards Muslims. Two, Debbie has a family member who was killed in 9/11. Frankly, I would be ENRAGED if I had direct family killed in such an attack, and such a thing absolutely would cloud anyones opinion.
This man more then likely is a terrorist trying to get a greencard to get into the United States, but condemning him without due process is ultimately wrong, and goes against what the United States was founded on.

AHDoubleXL on September 13, 2007 at 11:16 pm

Debbie is right on with her take on this, and the step-mother is really out of touch. Step-mother could benefit from educating herself about Islam and the horrors she is letting the girl get into. Who wasn’t crazy in love at 16 or 18? But the step-mother is rationalizing that this “is normal” etc. I think she is trying to avoid responsibility and is externalizing blame onto Debbie or whomever challenges her. She is allowing this girl to act on a “crush” and potentially jeopardize her future and possibly her life. Step mom should research what it is like to be a muslim woman in a muslim country. Particularly helpful would be to talk to ex-muslims who woke up and left the death cult.

CarpeDiem on September 14, 2007 at 12:10 am

AHDoubleXL-
You seem really angry to me and you are doing a lot of ranting in defense of terrorists. How much do you know about Islam? Have you studied it at all? Maybe you want to read up before you continue.
http://www.jihadwatch.org/islam101/

CarpeDiem on September 14, 2007 at 12:19 am

CarpeDiem,
I am not angry at all, and yes, I understand the facets of Islam. It is just the way everyone carries on. Everyone is automatically putting every Muslim into one pile…That pile is Terrorism. I am not an Arab, nor am I Muslim. I do however know people who are devout Muslims, and they are far from evil, or do they want to force me or anyone I know to convert to Islam. I find what is being projected here is continued racism. It is the same fear mongering which happened when Hitler turned the German populace against the Jewery, and it is the same persecution as the African American population in America once recieved (e.g. being called animals, which I have seen on this site many a times). Say what you will, but not every HUMAN BEING who happens to be Islamic, is not extremist, or a terrorist.
Don’t get me wrong, Islamic Extremists need to be captured and dealt with. Extremism of any kind needs to be erradicated. I do not believe however that the hate that is being practiced on sites such as this is helpful or proper for any human being, Christian or not.

AHDoubleXL on September 14, 2007 at 12:59 am

Joseph M. Gates, you should master English before you attempt therapy. And this girl diving into Islam is EXACTLY the same as joining a cult, for her. I’ve seen people like her immerse themselves in a completely foreign belief system because they are lacking a strong sense of identity and self-esteem. They are weak and are easily convinced that unless they submit fully to the ‘group’, they are nothing. Instead of donning an Islamic Gimp Outfit, she could just as easily be selling flowers 16 hours a day for the Moonies.
And frankly, most of you ‘therapists’ sound as messed up as the people you advise.

steve ventry on September 14, 2007 at 1:40 am

AHDoubleXL, you’re just another fool crying about ‘hate’. Every muslim on Earth is engaged in a supremacist plan to dominate the world by force, or by having more babies than anyone else and THEN using force. Muslim men treat women like property, at best. I can’t wait till the muslims pull another 911 and we won’t have to listen to your BLATHER about peaceful freaking muslims anymore. Noone will be listening to you, fool.

steve ventry on September 14, 2007 at 1:47 am

LOL, Steve Ventry…that was the least intelligent response I have recieved on this site yet. Your making yourself seem REAL credible, just like all the justifications made so far. Good work, I give you a gold star.

AHDoubleXL on September 14, 2007 at 3:27 am

Umm, getting back to the “Psycho” story, she and her Daddy&S/Mommy are psychos, too, I’m afraid. Just another ditzy blond gone astray. After 12 kids he’ll dumper her for some 13 year old 4th wife, anyway.

Lostinamerica on September 14, 2007 at 8:09 am

AHXXL
CarpeDiem gives you some solid advice. Check out islam–from the koran–and tell us where you find any basis that is not a cult of hell.
No as for these so called “moderate muslims” or peaceful muslims–where are they? 10 years ago I didn’t know jack about islam. Now after paying attention to years of attrocities all over the world–I’m still waiting to behold a muslim who will stand up and protest what their brethren do in the name of “allahu akbar”–as they hack some infidels head off with a knife or blow up some bus filled with shoppers, or make demands for “special treatment” etc etc.
Silence is tacit approval–not dissent. Brigitte Gabreil has written about it in “Because they hate.” So much of the “alms giving” that happens during ramadan goes to fund–hamas, hizbollah, al queda etc. No–silent muslims get no pass from us–they ARE the problem too.
In this country we see protests over all kinds of issues–by all kinds of people–sometimes for the silliest causes. Where is the protest–the voice of dissent from (supposedly existing) moderate muslims saying–”we condmen muslims who do/did this?… We want them deported–we are Americans first.”
Keep searching AHXXL. Tell us when you find them (LOL) and where they are standing up in protest. See, if you dare ask your muslim friends, see what they say when you ask them the hard questions. Then go by what they DO, not what they say.

BB on September 14, 2007 at 9:20 am

The cult of death is not a race.

John Cunningham on September 14, 2007 at 11:17 am

Ms. Lester will be crying to come home within six weeks (or maybe even six days). She will either be executed in an “honor killing” when she fails to submit to some insignificant demand of her “husband’s,” or in some other way pisses off her new relatives in so-called Palestine, or she will ultimately take her own life.
Either way, she’ll never be heard from again. While I feel sorry for her, she has no one but herself, and her idiot parents/step-parents, to blame. So long, Katherine, and good luck with your worship of the moon god.

theendisnear on September 14, 2007 at 11:48 am

I’m sure that many people on here will discount some of the people/groups on this list, but here is an interesting website which details a some of the responses of ‘moderate’ Muslim responses to 9/11 and terrorism.
http://www.muhajabah.com/otherscondemn.php

Tordenvaer on September 14, 2007 at 4:01 pm

It wouldn’t matter “theendisnear” if there is a list. All those here disbelieve any of those “Islamic animal devil worshipers”.
It is racist, Jewish, hate-mongering. It is just like the Catholics against the Protestants. Except in this case its the Muslims against whoever is against them, and vise versa.

AHDoubleXL on September 14, 2007 at 4:46 pm

I wish I could have spoken with this young girl before she left because I may have helped her by sharing my personal story with her. All we can do now is pray for her safety!
Before I married my Ex-Husband, he pretended to be a very charming man. However, immediately after our wedding ceremony–while we were in the car, driving to our honeymoon location–he turned into a raving lunatic! Several years after I was finally able to divorce him, I asked the Therapist he was then seeing, what caused him to do the evil things he did. She said he was a Sadistic Sociopath. Had I only known that during our marriage, had I known exactly what that meant for me, I maybe could have escaped to a Battered Women’s Shelter! However, after he’d already permanently injured my back and I was flat on my back after 3 spinal surgeries–totally at his mercy and unable to work to support myself–the Battered Women’s Shelter told me they couldn’t take me!
Amazingly, our marriage lasted 14-1/2 yrs. only because I lived in total fear of him because of his abuse and constant threats he would kill me if I ever dared leave him! He had several guns and about a dozen rifles. I was terrified he’d kill me when he began taking them out of his locked gun cabinet, constantly moving them from room to room all over our home. He began putting them underneath our bed and up in our bedroom closet so he’d have easy access to them. I lived in a constant state of fear and paranoia he would kill me. Immediately after we married, he forced me to quit my job, and isolated me on our cattle ranch in the middle of nowhere, with no nearby neighbors to help me. The first argument we had, he went outside and padlocked the drive-thru and walk-thru gates that surrounded our home. It had a 6 ft. tall cattle fence with 3 rows of rusty barbed wire on top of that, making it impossible for me to escape. He insisted I go deer hunting with him, something I hated. Because I refused to go hunting with him anymore, he forced me to watch him gut-out a deer he’d killed, to scare me.
The first time I filed to divorce him, he tortured and killed my 3 cats, then forced me to look at their dead bodies to terrorize me! I was so afraid he’d do the same thing to me as he had already caused my permanent back injury, which resulted in 3 back surgeries. They all failed because he wouldn’t allow anyone to come into our home to help me. I was flat on my back, totally at his mercy. His abuse only worsened; however, and he raped me in my hospital bed my surgeon ordered be put in our home, so I could recuperate. Because I refused to drop the divorce the second time, he killed my precious dog a week before Christmas! All this time, my Son was out to sea so there was no way I could get his help. Immediately after his Navy discharge, he moved to another State, then flew back to help me finally escape from my Ex-Husband, immediately after our divorce!
I’ve only touched upon a microcosim of the truly evil things that monster forced me to endure! I have never been on one date since my Divorce, as I can no longer trust men due to what I endured. Having miraculously survived what I did–only by totally relying upon God–I wish I could have had the chance to talk to this girl! In my situation, at least, I didn’t have a clue before I married my Ex-Husband what he was really like because he was that good at hiding it from me. However, I need to say this for those who have posted some truly thoughtless things about this girl: unless you have actually walked a mile in my moccasins or walked a mile in the moccasins of any battered woman (married or single), you lack the empathy to comprehend how impossible it is for that woman to escape when she’s totally paralyzed with fear! Therefore, you don’t have the right to judge me or any battered woman.
Being raised in a home where I was terrorized by my parents from birth until I was finally able to marry and leave that home at 21 yrs. of age, I highly suspect that has alot to do with why women get into these situations through no fault of their own. I was forbidden to date all through junior high and high school, so didn’t have the skills to discern “good guys” from “bad guys”. I was finally allowed to date just prior to turning 21–a date that was pre-arranged by my Mom and his Mom–and after only one date, we never had a second date because he was home on leave from Germany. We wrote each other for months and I thought I was falling in love with him, despite having no clue what the word love meant. When he called some months later from Germany to propose, I accepted, for that reason. Our Moms basically arranged our marriage and he didn’t return home from Germany until the night before our wedding, so we never had a second date. Being a virgin on our wedding night was no comfort to me after we made love and he immediately began crying, saying he didn’t think he could handle the responsibilities of marriage! He wasn’t violent: simply a Mama’s boy, and in 7 yrs. of marriage, he never matured to be a husband, or a father, later on, to our Son. After we divorced, he remarried a woman almost old enough to be his Mom. They have had a successful marriage because he wanted a domineering wife.
However, in this situation, this girl put herself out there on MySpace, knowing ahead of time this young man was or is a terrorist: it’s like she had a death wish before she got on that plane. That’s something I don’t understand unless she grew up in a violent home like I did, and things were so bad at home she felt she had to escape (which is what I finally realized I had done decades after marrying my first husband, at the age of 21). However, in my case, I knew my first husband wasn’t a violent man. And in the case of my Ex-Husband, I didn’t have any clue beforehand he was a violent man. Had I known, I assure you I would never have married him! That’s why I can not relate to this girl who knowingly wants to marry a violent man.
I’m wondering if she left because things were bad at home (abuse)? However, had that actually been the case, I can’t imagine she would allow her Mom to accompany her on her trip. I also read nothing in the story to indicate how this girl got the money for both these trips, or how her Mom got the money for her roundtrip ticket? It literally costs a fortune to make a trip to the Middle East. We don’t know if her boyfriend paid for these trips or not? Since her Mom accompanied her on the trip, I’ve got a gut feeling she paid her daughter’s planefare both times. If so, shame on her for knowingly allowing her daughter to get into what she knows will be a violent, possibly life-threatening situation for her daughter, endorsing it by paying her fare! I also wonder how this story even reached the news media? Most families would keep something like this totally private. They wouldn’t want this announced on the news, for the entire World. This family is asking people all over the World to pray for this girl. Why don’t they instead ask their own Church family to pray for her? It indicates to me they likely don’t have a Church family, which is probably why this girl is in this situation. Well, she now has one in Sharia Islam. For some bizarre reason, she feels the need to be bound by it’s ancient laws that will force her into total submission. That’s something I will never understand!

BJ1949 on September 14, 2007 at 5:00 pm

A former girlfriend of mine married a Saudi man when she was 18. He was 34 at the time. They had a son and went to KSA in the mid-80′s. There she witnessed the delights of Arab culture including sitting in the next room while one of her sisters-in-law was beaten to death by the family ~ honor killing. She returned to the States after a year or so there and in the mid-90′s, after divorcing her Saudi thug husband, he abducted their son and took him back to KSA. She has been emotionally damaged by this and other trauma but still managed to find ways to defend the Arab culture, how Aram men treat Arab women ~ we in the stupid West just don’t appreciate the cultural differences because we’re intolerant. As far as I know, that chip is still on her shoulder: she blames George W. Bush for the fact that her son is still in KSA ~ though he’s got dual KSA/USA citizenship and could walk into the embassy and get his dusty ass back to Seattle any time he wants. Any American woman who would subject herself to that kind of relationship and that culture is delusional ~ and headed for tragedy of untold depth. And we should not pity them at all. Pity is wasted on that type of woman.

undaunted on September 14, 2007 at 5:12 pm

Krista, if you’re reading this blog you must do whatever you can to stop your daughter from this. If you don’t, you will never see her again. While you may lay eyes on her, she won’t be the same girl you know now. She will either die at the hand of her new ‘people’ or wish she had. She will be treated like cattle. She will be brutalized, emotionally and physically. Do you know what brutal vaginal/clitoral surgery she might decide to undergo or have forced upon her in order for her to be more ‘pure’ for her husband? Of course you don’t know, and neither does she. I loved a woman once who had pretty, long blonde hair, innocent, believed her handsome Arab husband would take care of her and honor her like no Westerner could imagine. She was horribly wrong. She pays for her unnecessary and unwise decision every day and night. And so do her two sons.

undaunted on September 14, 2007 at 5:24 pm

What happened to her biological mother?

Ripper on September 14, 2007 at 5:47 pm

Our Mother hasn’t been in the ‘media’ so much since at the time Katherine left she wasn’t living at home, and hasn’t been ever since she turned 18. For a few weeks she lived with me in my apartment, and after the fourth of july she moved with my Father.
I would like to set this story ‘straight’ so if anyone has any questions or would like to know anything please do not hesitate to contact me at radio_chick04@yahoo.com, mary.lester@citcomm.com, or by cell phone (989) 284-5286
I last heard from Katherine this afternoon. According to her she had just met Abdullah for the first time minutes before I called. From what it seems, she is ‘happy’ but I believe that will all change. As for her plans to return home, she has not told me a return flight date yet.

Mary Margaret Lester on September 14, 2007 at 6:02 pm

Pray if you got ‘em, unerschrocken.

undaunted on September 14, 2007 at 6:24 pm

From the above comments, I would like to clarify a few things:
1. My Mother DID NOT go with Katherine. Katherine came up for a weekend visit last week and announced she was going. She asked my Mother to accompany her, she refused. We only went to the airport.
2. We did not financially support her decision at this time or last time. All plans were previously made before we ever found out. She only announced things once she had her ticket. It is my understanding that her trip to NY was paid for by herself, and his family paid for the rest.
3. We asked everyone to pray for her. We have a church family who has been praying for her for the past week and a half. They were already aware of the happenings before it was general public knowing. Once we knew that her mind was made up, all we could do was pray.
4. Growing up, we NEVER suffered abuse in our home. Of course we had problems and such, but never enough to cause someone to do something like this. This was her own doing. My Mother is/was a great Mother who gave us kids everything she could doing with what she had.
While I don’t know exactly why Katherine has done what she has done, I have learned that I have to ‘accept’ it. I have tried voicing my opinions to her, all for her to get upset. I love my sister deeply, and hope that whatever she chooses that she is ultimately safe. I have tried gatherine resources for her, have bought her books and movies, and have had people try to talk to her. Nothing is getting through. My family has tried for the past year, and have suffered nothing but heartache. While I am hoping for the best, all I can do is hope that whatever happens she is safe.

Mary Margaret Lester on September 15, 2007 at 8:17 am

Mary Margaret, it sounds as if you have done everything you possibly can for your sister. I’m afraid that she has a very painful lesson waiting for her. I only hope that she will be able to get back to America when she finally realizes the horrible, stupid mistake she has made. Please take her aside and force her to listen to you as you give her some tips “just in case.” Tell her to find out where the American Embassy is in East Jerusalem so that she can sneak there if she has to. East Jerusalem is the Arab part and there is probably a reason why the American Embassy is over there — she is not the only foolish person to find themselves on the wrong side of the line. Tell her that if she wants to come home, it may be best for her to sweet talk her husband into a “visit to America” or anything to get herself out of there, rather than telling him outright that she wants to leave. If she does that, she will immediately go under lock and key. Once back on her home ground, she will have rights again. Also, Israel is very sympathetic to idiot girls and will help her, but first she has to get over to an Israeli city or checkpoint. There is a special Israeli squad that is trained to go in after silly girls and rescue them from their Arab animals. This squad is run by Orthodox Jews and their mission is to save Jewish girls; but they may be a good place to start when it comes time to find some way to get her out of there.
One big problem is that the Palestinian territories do not have a unified government or good records of who is in the country, nor are their administrative offices organized and efficient. Palestinians have no nation and so they have a difficult time getting out, which means that her husband probably cannot bring her back to America for a visit even if he were so inclined. Of course, she is an American, but his family will make it a priority to confiscate her passport at the first opportunity.
Life in the territories is HELL. I should know; I live in Israel and I read the news. She is truly, truly a foolish girl.
Debbie, I suspect that the parents were “counseled” by the “experts” to let her continue to explore Islam and this relationship so as to not stir up her rebellious opposition any more. I blame the experts in addition to the parents.
I do feel sorry for this girl, because she is completely naive, but there is also a part of me that is just tired — tired of stupidity. There are so many people who try to avoid evil and yet they get mowed down, that it is hard to feel sympathy for one who brings evil on themself. But yes, I know she is young and she is caught up in all this media attention she is getting. Seventeen Magazine is a WHORE. If anyone ever needed proof that the media is an evil, destructive, money mongering force, this is it. How many more young American girls will follow in her footsteps?

AmericanJewess on September 15, 2007 at 2:39 pm

So who the hell cares about this moron kid with the even more moronic parents, biological and otherwise? She wants to move from the US to raghead-ville and wear a head-to-toe burka in 100 degree heat, let her.

rivfedup on September 15, 2007 at 6:16 pm

When dad is a wimp, for example, and says things to the children like, “I don’t know, dear, whatever YOU think is right”…the kid starts looking around for a leader, SOMEBODY to be an adult and be in charge.
It sounds like nobody gave this girl pride in HER people. The muslims may be backwards, but they are proud. White Westerners are always wringing their hands about ‘bigotry’ because we are sissies, not because we are so moral. This girl sees us as a bunch of PC wimps and is drawn to a culture of strength.
This is OUR fault for being PC. Girls will continue to want babies with strong men, not Alan Alda.

steve ventry on September 15, 2007 at 7:46 pm

” Girls will continue to want babies with strong men, not Alan Alda.”
Steve, you are exactly right. I’ve never heard it stated so plainly and succinctly, but this is the crux of the matter, and the explanation for why many women mysteriously seem to gravitate toward misogynistic Islam. Oy. We are in big trouble. Wake up, America! The libs are making pussies of us all.

AmericanJewess on September 16, 2007 at 3:08 am

Maybe to time has come to stop referring to the place these people come from as palestine. There is no palestine. That leaves open what to call them. I suppose ethnically they are Arabs, but somehow they seem more culturally connected to that tribe called Philistines. So I propose we refer to them as the Philistines from nowhere.
Joe B.

Joe B. on September 16, 2007 at 6:56 am

Why would anyone want to marry Stalin’s useful idiot? The country suffered through 37 months of the Korean War, but it seems the country must suffer forever with the, “Communist good – Americans bad” of Alan Alda’s retruns. Alda actually tried to blame the Korean War on Richard Nixon. Sorry but the Congressman from California wasn’t even known by 99% of the soldiers in Korea.

Burt on September 16, 2007 at 9:26 am

Steve Ventry – Excellent post.

CarpeDiem on September 16, 2007 at 3:40 pm

B”H You may want to let her parents know about Yad L’Achim (http://yadleachim.org/Index.asp?CategoryID=164), an organization in Israel involves itself with rescuing Jewish women and their children from their Arab husbands once they realized they “made a mistake.” Maybe they could help. Remind Katherine Lester not to run away to a Christian village. She won’t be any safer there, due to the regular pogroms against them by their Muslim neighbors. Politically incorrect, but true.

Ben-Yehudah on September 17, 2007 at 4:52 am

Wow, just learned about this story from your link in today’s article…I can’t believe her mother would get angry with you for writing to make others aware of the dangers out there for our children and teens. The internet is a great place to find information and meet new people, I met my husband online,but for teens I do not recommend they pursue nor develop a long distance relationship with anyone and expect it to evolve into marriage. They are lucky to have their daughter back at home…or is she lost to Islam and out of the country again today??

@freedom4usa on August 12, 2009 at 3:33 pm

LOL, Steve Ventry…that was the least intelligent response I have recieved on this site yet. Your making yourself seem REAL credible, just like all the justifications made so far. Good work, I give you a gold star.

AHDoubleXL on September 14, 2007 at 3:27 am

As long as you are going to cast stones (glass house and all) about another’s level of intelligence…

remember it’s ‘i before e except after c’ (received,not recieved)

you are is abbreviated you’re, not your (that’s the possesive form)

and it should be really credible, not real credible

I’m just someone who is so very tired of elementary level grammar mistakes all over the internet.

Of course, if English is not one’s first language…

keepingthefaith on August 14, 2009 at 11:15 am

Well this is a load of racist rubbish and debbies full of it.
She SHOULD wear the hijab, atleast than maybe some men could lower there gaze instead of perving, you ppl are trying to start a problem with the smallest things, if she wants to wear the hijab, whats it to you eh? Thats her choice and her right.
Secondly, the prophet muhammed peace and blessings be upon him said the best of muslims is the one who treats his wife best.
As a muslim ur not even supposed to leave a red mark on ur wife, when they say you can ‘hit’ her, its with a miswak 3 times ps. It feels like a soft tap.
And ur supposed to be patient and loving, ironically its the western countries that have a rising divorce rate, over 50 % of marriages in western countries end ! And if she marrys a proper muslim she wont even have to face acholol abuse by him !
U can call muslims terriost but the fact is ur gov. Is the real terriost, all the lies the media teaches you and u still follow it word by word, ur gov. Opened guantanamo and up to 85 % of ppl tat were thrown there were innocent, thats assuming the rest of the 15 % wont innocent, which is unlikely,
ur gov lied to you ppl and would prob lie another thousands time, ur country is the terriost.

you people are ignorant and acting childish and blind, hello to the wake up call.

Muslim on January 4, 2011 at 4:01 am

OMG im reading some of these comments and there pathetic, you people have never lived with a muslim family nor know anything about Islam, how would you like it if i sterotyped you background or religion ? My assumption is you read a few things from ‘muslim’ sites and believed right away, wait till you find out everything that was written was lies ! Or everything you heard about muslims were lies, what is there left to say to stubborn ignorant people who have never done any real research and only search for trouble ? What is there to say to you people ?? First ot was the blacks and muslims ? Do you people never learn ?

Muslim on January 4, 2011 at 4:16 am

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