A Sky News interview with a man who claims to have defected from IS and witnessed so-called Jihadi John callously killing foreign hostages may shed some light on why the victims do not struggle in the moments before they are murdered.
A former IS translator, named only as Saleh, who fled to Turkey claims hostages went through a series of mock executions before the real thing. The victims were told as the mock executions were filmed the footage was propaganda to release to the world and governments which could have left them believing final footage was also going to be fake.
It is yet another cruel twist in the story of terror group ISIL but goes some way to explaining the apparent calm of hostages in the moments before they were brutally killed.
Saleh also claims that Mohammed Emwazi, the 26-year-old Londoner nicknamed Jihadi John, is highly respected in the group. Emwazi is treated as the big boss, the man with the power, and the only killer allowed to execute foreign hostages.
He is reportedly feared and respected among the band of murderous thugs.
What was 'Saleh's' ISIL role?
His job was reportedly to help calm hostages. Whether his claim to have witnessed firsthand Emwazi kill, albeit from a short distance, can be relied upon is not known. What he did tell Sky News is "When he [Emwazi] killed Kenji Goto I live showed this [saw this] but not near, from a little [distance]. "After he was killed him, three or four person come and take over the body and put in a car. After that, John went on a different road.
"The big boss was there with them. Turkish man say 'put this camera there, change place there' but John [was] the big boss. All time, all time say to all 'fastly, fastly, fastly, we should finish'. So respect him. Only he talks orders – others do."
Saleh's command on the English language is not great but he can obviously speak enough to get his point across.
Emwazi speaks English fluently and as an IT graduate, before he turned rogue, is the foreign face and voice of ISIL. He may have kept his face hidden but the black shrouded figure with nothing showing but his eyes all added to the terror and drama.
Now that his identity is known will he appear on camera for the world to see or will he still appear cloaked? Probably the latter as ISIL are all about image. They utilise modern technology such as the Internet, while operating in a barbarous way, reminiscent of centuries ago.
As for Saleh will he be held accountable for the part he has played in ISIL terror?
However defecting means he is at risk from many angles; little wonder he is in hiding in Turkey.