Murdered 12 members of his family after they
criticize him for his failure in secondary school exams.
Was executed by hanging in his prison cell.
On June 6, 1999, Saeed Qashash, a 20-year-old
Jordanian convicted of shooting to death 11 members of his family and a
friend, was hanged in his prison cell.
Saeed Qashash was executed shortly before dawn at
Swaqa Prison, 60 miles south of the capital, Amman. Qashash was
sentenced November, 1998, for gunning down a classmate and 11 relatives,
including his parents.
He confessed to the murders, saying his family had
pestered him to pass his final school exams. After the shooting, Qashash
hid the bodies behind a brick wall in the basement of his family home.
He was arrested days later. In addition to his parents and friend,
Qashash killed his two brothers and four sisters, a brother-in-law and
two nephews, ages two and three.
June 6, 1999
A 20-year-old Jordanian convicted of shooting to
death 11 members of his family and a friend last year was hanged in his
prison cell. Saeed Qashash was executed shortly before dawn at Swaqa
Prison, 60 miles south of the capital, Amman.
Jordanian hanged for killing family
Pakistani Business Recorder
June 7, 1999
AMMAN: Jordan executed on Sunday a young man
condemned to death for the slaughtering three generations of his family
and a friend, jail officials said. Saeed al-Qashash, who was 19 years
old when he committed the crime in June last year, was sentenced in
November for shooting dead a school friend and 11 relatives including
his parents and two toddlers.
Qashash, who said his family had harassed him about
passing his final school exams, was hung at dawn at Sawaqa jail, 70
kilometres (45 miles) south of Amman, the officials said.
After shooting the victims in the head Qashash bricked
up their bodies in the basement of his family home, but was arrested and
confessed two days later.
Apart from his mother, 50, and father, 57, Qashash murdered his two
brothers and four sisters as well as the husband of one of his sisters,
their children aged two and three years old -- and the friend.
Jordan executes man convicted of
June 7, 1888
A 20-year-old Jordanian convicted of shooting to death
11 members of his family and a friend last year was hanged Sunday in his
Al Qashash executed
The Jordanian Star
December 7, 1999
Teenager Saeed Al Qashash, who was found guilty of
murdering 12 members of his family including his friend, in June 1998,
was executed on Sunday.
Al Qashash shot 11 members of his family: His
mother Thuria, his father Amin, sisters Karimeh, Wafa, Mervit, Insaf,
her husband and their two children. His brothers Mohammed and Mostafa
and victim number 12, his close friend, Atta Shalan.
Al Qashash said that his family used to criticize him
for his failure in secondary school exams, and he couldn't take it
anymore, so he decided to kill them. Minutes before his execution the
young teenager asked for God's forgiveness and redemption, and he said
that he was sorry that he murdered his family in such a savage way. He
was declared dead at six o'clock Monday morning. But his family refused
to receive his body and asked the police to bury his corpse.
Motives for latest murders
AMMAN -Jordanians were shocked last
week by the mass killing by a youth of 11 members of his family and his
It was reported that the teenager's likely motivation for the crime was
a "precautionary measure" in response to the family's threat
to kick him out of the house if he failed the Tawjihi exams. But later
it was reported that he did it in order to inherit the house and his
father's company. This news remains unconfirmed.
The public's immediate reaction towards the incident was condemnation of
such a heinous crime. Many described the killer to be "impious and
ungrateful" for assassinating three generations of his family.
Now people are beginning to focus more on what made him commit such a
terrible crime-what are the real motives behind it?
Dr Sari Nasir from the University of Jordan told The Star that it is
better to wait and see the result of the investigations, adding that all
we can do now is speculate. "Generally speaking, crime is
escalating in Jordan, and there are three main causes behind it,"
Society is growing and expanding, and therefore becoming more
complicated. Economic factors also play a significant role in rising
levels of crime. It is important too, to take into consideration the
pressure imposed by parents on their sons which sometimes leads to
conflicts between the two generations. "Parents always press their
sons to study hard and get high marks, notwithstanding their own desires
or abilities," Dr Nasir added.
Commenting on this latest incident, Dr Nasir elaborated,
"Undoubtedly his personality must be disturbed and, after being
pressured by the family, he might have had a breakdown and committed the
Dr Nasir called on the government to pay closer attention to social
problems in Jordanian society as they directly affect levels of crime.
However, few seem to sympathize with the killer and say that he must be
abnormal or be suffering from psychological problems.
One analyst trying to understand the killer's motive stressed that many
people suffer under oppressive parents or have other frustrations,
whether at school or in their daily lives. They are being brought up to
be aggressive. "Inside us lies two personalities, the soldier and
the philosopher. The first likes to be strong and powerful, while the
second prefers to be quiet, romantic and mostly dreaming," he said.
"Also, in our daily life, things are complicated and people with
heavy burdens and responsibilities become tense and start to lose
control over their nerves. In a split second their outrage could turn
them into murderers."
One student said that many parents force their children to study well in
order to pass their exams, a policy often unpopular with the children
themselves. A conflict may then arise within the family and reach a
stage where issues cannot be settled in a peaceful manner.
Another student sees the conflict between generations as the problem
that brought this incident to such a dramatic end. He believes that we
have to reform our families and "reshuffle the system",
altering our way of life to avoid future massacres of this nature.
Poverty, stress or psychological illness may be motives for violent
crime, but surely not Tawjihi exams.
Nowadays, Tawjihi exams are the source of much sarcasm -a time bomb that
could explode at any time. Parents, elderly brothers and sisters are
advised to take care of Tawjihi students, or else.