27-year-old Moroccan Said Mechaout has confessed to the killing of 33-year-old Italian Stefano Leo on 23 February of this year, in Turin.
“I am the murderer of Stefano Leo. I have to turn myself in. I feel hunted by the Carabinieri. I don’t want to commit other crimes. Among all the people who were passing, I chose to kill this young man because he looked happy. And I chose to kill his happiness.”
Mechaout didn’t know him, at least this is what he told the Carabinieri who have been investigating without rest for five weeks. “That morning,” the killer confessed, “I decided I would have to kill someone. I went to buy a set of knives, then threw away all but the sharpest. Then I went to Murazzi and waited. When I saw that guy I decided I couldn’t bear his happy look.”
“I saw him, he looked at me and I thought that he should suffer like me. I cut his throat with my knife.”
Stefano Leo had lived for 2 years with a Hare Krishna community in Australia and only recently returned. That may have accounted for his “happy look”. He was also, apparently, a pacifist. Pacifism isn’t a good strategy faced with people like Said Mechaout.
It’s worth remembering that Morocco isn’t a normal country. Historically, it was just a pirate haven with a hinterland. It attracted the most despicable people from around the Mediterranean region who wanted to participate in the rape and plunder. Some white Christians even went there and converted to Islam just so they too could enjoy the “fun”. In this, it was much like the Islamic State we have seen more recently in Syria, except in Morocco the barbarity lasted for centuries instead of just a few years. That kind of concentrated genetic iniquity does not dissipate in a hurry.