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What kind of music does one listen to when cutting up a Saudi journalist with a bone saw? (WARNING: This is very grisly.)

The story of Jamal Khashoggi’s death keeps getting more and more horrible.

On October 1, he walked into the Saudi embassy in Istanbul to pick up some papers involving his upcoming wedding. It should have been a short visit, so he told his fiance to wait in the car. He never came out.

A team of 15 Saudis were awaiting him. One of their number is said to be a “forensics expert.”

According to multiple reports, Khashoggi, a US permanent resident, a reporter for the Washington Post, and an outspoken critic of the Saudi government was interrogated, tortured, and then cut up with a bone saw while he was still alive. Who does this sort of thing?

Now we have this report from Middle East Eye.

It took seven minutes for Jamal Khashoggi to die, a Turkish source who has listened in full to an audio recording of the Saudi journalist’s last moments told Middle East Eye.

Khashoggi was dragged from the consul-general’s office at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul and onto the table of his study next door, the Turkish source said.

Horrendous screams were then heard by a witness downstairs, the source said.

“The consul himself was taken out of the room. There was no attempt to interrogate him. They had come to kill him,” the source told MEE.

The screaming stopped when Khashoggi – who was last seen entering the Saudi consulate on 2 October – was injected with an as yet unknown substance.

Salah Muhammad al-Tubaigy, who has been identified as the head of forensic evidence in the Saudi general security department, was one of the 15-member squad who arrived in Ankara earlier that day on a private jet.

Tubaigy began to cut Khashoggi’s body up on a table in the study while he was still alive, the Turkish source said.

The killing took seven minutes, the source said.

As he started to dismember the body, Tubaigy put on earphones and listened to music. He advised other members of the squad to do the same.

“When I do this job, I listen to music. You should do [that] too,” Tubaigy was recorded as saying, the source told MEE.

The implication is that this guy has done this sort of work before. Jeezus, dude. You have a playlist for this?


Alan Cross

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2 thoughts on “What kind of music does one listen to when cutting up a Saudi journalist with a bone saw? (WARNING: This is very grisly.)

  • I’ve always wondered what sort of person can torture people for a job? And then go home to family and friends? A job full of screams, blood and general nastiness. An Hostel movie playing constantly while you work.

  • True Faith by New Order was ruined for me because I heard it on a true crime podcast (Sword & Scale) as the background music for one of Luka Magnotta’s horrific murders. I suspect he was inspired by the American Psycho soundtrack.


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