Several hours after the murder of 4 beautiful children and the slashing of his estranged wife, the Dearborn police department finally released the name of the man who admitted to committing the heinous crime. What took so long? Why are we not getting many details about him? It seems like almost every time a terror attack happens or a crime is committed by a Muslim man (or woman) the name and/or religion is kept secret for hours, days or even weeks.
What we do know is the man who confessed to taking the lives of these young people was married before and was convicted of second degree murder of his wife. What we also know, is that the mother of these 4 beautiful children married him and then decided it wasn’t working out and filed for divorce. They were in the process of getting a divorce when after feeling threatened by Gregory Green, she turned to the city for a protection order against him. They denied her request.
Over 40% of the residents in Dearborn, MI are Arab-Americans. Gregory Green, the man who admitted to killing his family, owned a home in Dearborn Heights, a neighboring community with a very strong Muslim population.
We don’t have any evidence that Gregory Green is a Muslim, or that his motivation for the brutal murders of his children and step-children were motivated by the stone-age act of honor killing, which is still acceptable in the Islamic faith in many countries. The police aren’t offering many details, but considering the location of the crime, the fact that this man was a prisoner for 16 years, that he was threatening his wife, and that we found a video of a muslim man berating his wife on her Facebook page, we don’t think it’s too far fetched to question the possibility of an honor killing in this case.
Some Islamic fundamentalists think that only through the murder of an offending family member can honor be restored to the rest of the family.
Reports on the number of prisoners who convert to Islam vary and are framed in different ways. Some sources estimate 40,000 prisoners per year convert. Others put the numbers closer to 135,000 per year. Some posit that 80% of inmates who “find faith while in prison convert to Islam.”
One thing is for sure: The majority of those who convert to Islam in prison are black, with as many as one in three black prisoners converting. (The number of Hispanic prisoners converting to Islam is also on the rise.)
The man suspected in a quadruple murder early Wednesday previously spent 16 years in prison for second-degree murder and was the subject of a rejected personal protection order filed by his wife, according to public records and the Michigan Department of Corrections.
Gregory Green, 49, was incarcerated in March 1992 and paroled in 2008, according to MDOC spokesman Chris Gautz. He initially was sentenced to 15-25 years in prison but was released after his fifth attempt at parole.
Public records show he pleaded no contest to second degree murder. No further details were immediately available about the crime.
Records also show Green owns and lives at the home on the 4400 block of Hipp, where police say a man allegedly killed his two children and two stepchildren and seriously injured his wife.
Wayne County Circuit Court records show Green was involved in a divorce, filed by his wife, Faith Green, 39, on Oct. 11, 2013, and again on Aug. 11 of this year. The two were married Dec. 18, 2010, in Detroit, records show.
The Wayne County Medical Examiner identified the deceased children as Koi Green, 5, and Kaliegh Green, 4, and ruled their deaths as homicide.
Police believe the children were asphyxiated in a car, then taken back inside the home and placed in their beds.
“They just had a birthday party for the little 4-year-old girl,” neighbor Ronnie Jones said. “And they had two or three picnics with their whole family this summer.”
A 17-year-old girl and a 19-year-old man were found bound and shot in the home’s basement, police said. They were not formally identified early Wednesday afternoon.
The suspect’s wife is mother to all four victims, police said. The older two were from a previous relationship and she shared the two younger girls with the suspect.
The mother was slashed in the face and shot in the foot, police said. She was found in the basement alongside her older children and was taken to Oakwood Hospital, where she was listed in fair condition Wednesday, according to a hospital spokesperson.
In the 2013 divorce filing, Faith Green cited a “breakdown of the marital relationship” as the cause for seeking a divorce.
This video was posted on Faith Green’s Facebook page. While it is not conclusive evidence that her estranged husband is a Muslim, it is curious that she posted this to her page after they separated and she had filed for divorce:
Here is a screen shot of the post from Faith Green’s Facebook page:
Before filing for divorce, Green applied on Feb. 22, 2013, for — but was denied — a personal protection order against her husband, according to court records. In the request, Green wrote that her husband was threatening that “things are going to get ugly” if she didn’t leave the home.
“(He) jumped at me like he was going to attack,” she wrote. “This went on for hours.”
The complaint also claimed Gregory Green was belligerent and “kicking things” the day before the filing.
“He kicked the couch while the baby was sleeping on it,” she wrote.
In the protection request, Faith Green indicated she did not contact police, but had intended to go to the station to file a formal report that day after work.
“I didn’t want to leave my house and not be able to get back in,” she explained.
The court denied the request without a hearing based on “insufficient allegations for a PPO at this time.”
Wednesday’s tragedy unfolded around 1 a.m. when the suspect allegedly called 911 and told officials he had harmed his family in their home, according to police.
Police approached the home “tactically,” Krause said, and arrested the man without incident. Police then found the victims.
Jones, 59, who has lived in his home across the street his entire life, said the family moved in a couple of years ago and mostly kept to themselves.
“I just saw the oldest boy out cutting the grass yesterday,” he said.
For entire story: The Detroit News