Shocker: ‘Recent Convert’ to Islam ‘a Devoted Muslim for Seven Years’

Posted by on Oct 24, 2014 at 9:14 am

Well, we told you so and now it’s confirmed. We’d really love to know who came up with this “recent convert” nonsense reported far and wide in the wake of the terror attack in Canada.

The gunman was born Michael Joseph Paul Abdallah Bulgasem Zehaf Bibeau on Oct. 16, 1982, in Montreal, to Ms. Bibeau and Bulgasem Zehaf, a businessman of Libyan descent. In his school years, friends knew him as Mike Bibeau.

With a name like that you might have issues, too.

Mr. Zehaf-Bibeau attended a strict, private, French-language high school called Collège Laval, where students wore jackets and ties and could be penalized for swearing or having an untucked shirt. He was a well-liked classmate known for his ready smile and his skill with a Ping-Pong paddle. “He was part of our little ‘immigrant’ gang,” recalled classmate Vito Garofalo, who lost touch with him after high school. “He was a good kid and he was funny. He just fit in.”

He was also a fairly large boy who didn’t hesitate to look after himself. “He was a strong boy,” said Mr. Garofalo. “He had the capacity to pick up anybody if he wanted to. But he wasn’t a troublemaker.”

In those days, few students knew about his Libyan background, and one former classmate said everyone thought he was Italian. Mr. Zehaf-Bibeau switched to a public school in Laval in his fourth year.

“He likes to laugh and his smile drives girls crazy. He’ll go far in life. He’ll surely be a businessman in the near future,” the inscription in his graduation yearbook read.

Surprised he wasn’t an aspiring rapper. Meanwhile:

“The accused … wants to be in jail as he believes this is the only way he can overcome his addiction to crack cocaine,” the mental status report states. “He has been a devoted Muslim for seven years and he believes he must spend time in jail as a sacrifice to pay for his mistakes in the past and he hopes to be a better man when he is eventually released.” The report concluded: “I am unable to find any features or signs of mental illness.” He got credit for time served and did one more day in jail.


4 Responses to “Shocker: ‘Recent Convert’ to Islam ‘a Devoted Muslim for Seven Years’”

  1. Dusty on 24/24/14 at 2:37 pm

    “He has been a devoted Muslim for seven years”

    As best I can tell from the preceding paragraph, the above was contained in a report from three years ago. The preceding paragraph:

    “The fresh start did not endure. Mr. Zehaf-Bibeau was arrested in Vancouver on a robbery charge three years ago. He was a devout Muslim – but also a crack addict looking for redemption. A psychiatric report filed in British Columbia provincial court found he wasn’t mentally ill and could be released. The document, however, also describes him as a deeply troubled man.”

    That would make him a devoted/devout Muslim for 10 years.

  2. Dusty on 24/24/14 at 2:43 pm

    BTW, thanks for working on this aspect of the story. I was interested in knowing about how recent it was. I have also wanted to know what he religion converted from, if any. I suspect he’s always been a Muslim, and his “conversion”, if you want to call it that, was from nominal to devout.

  3. JoeF. on 25/25/14 at 10:58 am

    So many prevailing myths are exploded in the paragraphs quoted above. He didn’t appear to be a loner–he had friends, was “well- liked”and he drove “the girls crazy.” A large kid, he obviously wasn’t the target of “bullying.”
    It’s very similar to the perpetrator of the recent Washington shooting who was a “prom king” and an athlete who apparently did very well with girls–except for the one time.
    It reminds me that the “experts” who come up with the profiles of murderous individuals with an axe to grind really don’t know what they are talking about and the fact that these kids were–for all intents and purposes–well adjusted at one time-is somewhat depressing for it reminds us that we really don’t know who will “go off” and kill—and when.