Expert: Foley killer has British accent

22 Aug, 2014

UK experts expect voice evidence in the videotaped beheading of Global Post journalist James Foley to provide the best clue to his killer’s identity. University of York linguistics expert James Kerswill says the killer is definitely British:

It’s quite hard to tell the ethnicity of this person from his voice alone. He’s probably not British white. He could be of Pakistani origin; he could be of Somali origin; he could be South American origin or something. It’s very, very hard to pinpoint … Some commentators may say it’s not a British English accent. Well, it is a British English accent; it’s one that’s grown up in this multilingual environment.

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