A British rapper is a suspect in the beheading of American journalist James Foley. Abdel-Majed Abdel Bary, 24, posted a picture of himself holding a severed head a few weeks back and it is now believed he could be the man all dressed in black with his face covered beheading Foley on that video, according to TMZ on Aug. 23.
Reports indicate that “John the Beatle,” is a nickname that former ISIS hostages dubbed Bary because of his British accent. This is a guy whose rap songs were played on BBC radio. Bary was raised in a million dollar home that was owned by Maida Vale council.
This rapper’s father, Adel Abdul Bary, is a high-profile Al Qaeda terror suspect. He was accused of masterminding the 1998 bombings of the U.S. embassies in East Africa. He was extradited to the U.S. in 2012 to face the allegations of masterminding those bombings, according to the Canada Journal today.
One of the former ISIS hostages said that Foley’s killer was a leader of a group that consists of four British Jihadists. The group is known to the ISIS as “The Beatles” and they are said to be the men who guard the foreign hostages. These men with the British accents are considered the main guards for the hostages coming from a foreign country.
The National Post examines some of the clues seen on the masked executioner, such as his tall and lanky stature. Despite the landscape and the man's clothes being void of any detail, the four minute video tape offers a treasure trove of clues. The man is left handed, which is only found in 10 percent of the population. His voice was deep and clear, but his accent is traced to South London with a possible influence of Farsi. This could suggest the masked man has a family link to Afghanistan.
Even the video quality itself has given investigators clues as the equipment is believed to be high-end, top of the line technology. This is indicated by the picture and sound quality, says the Post. Experts warn that the man seen on the video may not be the one talking on the video, but the video is still being analyzed today with sophisticated equipment used in forensics.
The man seen on the video with Foley appears to have short arms in comparison to his stature. If you take a look at the numerous still shots made into pictures of this guy, who is standing next to Foley, you can see how his arms don’t appear to hang as long as most mens' do. There is not a big difference, but there seems to be a noticeable one if you look for it.
If that is the case then this guy should be easier to find. While chances are the authorities already know his identity, this would be something they probably wouldn’t share with the public with the man still out there.
The last thing authorities want is for this man to go into hiding so they never get a chance at catching up to him. The executioner is believed to be a Londoner and before Foley was killed the man believed to be the executioner got in touch with his parents via Skype, trying to persuade them into giving them a ransom in exchange for their son’s life.
Some experts believe that the man in that Skype video may not have actually been the one to kill Foley.