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Faisal bin Musaid bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and his girlfriend

Faisal bin Musaid (April 4th, 1944 - June 18th, 1975) was the nephew and assassin of Faisal of Saudi Arabia.


In 1966 Faisal bin Musaid went to the United States to study English in San Francisco State College. Then he entered to the University of California at Berkeley and to the University of Colorado at Boulder. In 1971 he received a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

The assassination

On March 25th, 1975 he went to the Royal Palace in Riyadh, where King Faisal was holding a majlis. He joined a Kuwaiti delegation and lined up to meet the king. The king recognized his nephew and bent his head forward so that the younger Faisal could kiss the king's head in a sign of respect. The prince took out a revolver from his robe and shot the King twice in the head. His third shot missed and he threw the gun away. King Faisal fell to the floor. Bodyguards with swords and submachine guns arrested the prince. The king was quickly rushed to a hospital but doctors failed to save him. Before dying, King Faisal ordered that the assassin, not to be executed. Saudi television crews captured the entire assassination on camera.

Imprisonment and execution

Initial reports described Faisal bin Musaid as "mentally deranged." He was moved to a Riyadh prison. He was deemed sane to be tried. He was found guilty of murder. Hours after the verdict, he was publicly decapitated in Riyadh. After execution the crowd broke into chants of “God is great!” and “Justice is done!”


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