Before Beheadings, Torture and False Hope

October 26, 2014 9:03 PM

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Before Beheadings, Torture and False Hope

In a private room, their captors asked each of them three intimate questions, a standard technique used to obtain proof that a prisoner is still alive in a kidnapping negotiation.

James Foley returned to the cell he shared with nearly two dozen other Western hostages and collapsed in tears of joy. The questions his kidnappers had asked were so personal ("Who cried at your brother's wedding?" "Who was the captain of your high school soccer team?") that he knew they were finall...

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