Criminologist Describes Alton Nolen's Possible ISIS Influence - - Oklahoma City, OK - News, Weather, Video and Sports |

Criminologist Describes Alton Nolen's Possible ISIS Influence

Posted: Updated:
Professor speaks on ISIS and Moore attack suspect Professor speaks on ISIS and Moore attack suspect

Revealing details behind the savage attack at Vaughan Foods still has many questioning whether it was an act of terror.

On Tuesday, the Cleveland County District Attorney said 30-year-old Alton Nolen's intent was to severe the head of his alleged second victim as well.

“Obviously there was some sort of infatuation with beheadings,” said Cleveland County District Attorney Greg Mashburn about the Muslim convert.

Masburn told the media Monday, terror charges would come from the FBI which is still investigating.

So far, authorities have not announced any link between Nolen and a terrorist organization.

9/26/2014 Related Story: Moore Attack Suspect Has Criminal History And Concerning Facebook Page

News 9 spoke with a professor who said, while there isn't a direct link between ISIS and Nolen, cults are bound to have loose cannons, or lone wolves, willing to act.

Dr. Howard Kurtz, a criminologist and an associate professor of sociology and criminal justice at Southwestern Oklahoma State University, said the attack at Vaughan Foods can be categorized as both "workplace violence" and a "terrorist attack” when you consider the nature of the attack.

"Whether you can find a direct link, with emails, phone call, isn't the point. The point is that what these groups are doing is promoting an ideology and we have to deal with that in this country," said Dr. Kurtz.

Dr. Kurtz compares ISIS to radical cults from the 1960's and 1970's that were good at recruiting people who felt they were without opportunity.

He thinks for the ex-con Nolen, that could have been the case.

Special Features

iPhone App

Get breaking news, weather, sports & video directly on your iPhone.


Breaking political news & the latest headlines from the state capitol & D.C.


See where weather is happening using our live interactive radars.


Spend your money wisely with reviews of new tech gadgets & the latest news in technology.

TV Schedule

Need to know what's on TV? Check out our television schedule.

Live Radar

WARN Interactive
Powered by Frankly
News 9
7401 N. Kelley Ave.
Oklahoma City, OK 73111 is proud to provide Oklahomans with timely and relevant news and information, sharing the stories, pictures and loves of Oklahomans across our great state.
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 KWTV. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.