Criminals who happen to be Muslims can't just be criminals today, they have to be "Muslim criminals".
Take the tragic deaths of Caneze Riaz and her four young daughters who were killed by their husband and father Mohammed Riaz. He doused them in petrol and set them ablaze while they slept in Blackburn last year before jumping in the fire and killing himself.
Press reports indicate that the family were having a number of difficulties, including the illness and eventual death from cancer of their son Adam, serious financial difficulties with Riaz being out of work, and the fact that he could not reconcile the lifestyle of his family which was apparently becoming more "westernised".
The Independent's headline writers though framed the story as "Muslim husband killed wife and children because of their Western ways". It describes Riaz as a "practising Muslim" despite the fact it later noted that he drank heavily, and had sclerosis of the liver because of it. Minor of course when set against the fact he killed his wife and kids in the most horrible of fashions.
My reading of the situation is that the man couldn't cope with a number of things, but the totem may well have become the different lifestyles his family led. It had nothing to do with his religion, but the fact that he was culturally anchored elswhere. It's a phenomenon we see a lot (without it leading to this of course) where one or more of the parents couldn't grasp the fact that Pakistani culture was not going to be followed by the next generation as people follow the dominant local customs they are brought up in, unless their is some higher reason not to.