On September 21, 2015, members of the Islamic militant group Abu Sayyaf – a wannabe ISIS affiliate from the southwest of the Philippines, raided Holiday Ocean View Samal Resort, located on Samal Island near the city of Davao in the Philippines, and kidnapped 4 people – John Ridsdel and Robert Hall of Canada, the resort’s marina manager Kjartan Sekkingstad of Norway, and a Filipino woman named Teresita Flor.
Later in September, Abu Sayyaf released a video depicting the 4 hostages, and asked for a rather large ransom (some report say it was 1 Billion Pesos – over $21 Million US). The April 25, 2016 deadline has come and gone, and since the ransom had not been paid, the jihadists beheaded one of the Canadians – John Ridsdel. His severed head was found in a street in Jolo several hours after the deadline. The fate of the other three is unknown at this time.
68 year old John Ridsdel was a former mining company executive from Calgary, Alberta. Here’s the video of his beheading (props to Best Gore member @refuse2renig). I like how Mr. St. Patty’s Day pants is so scrawny, he almost lost his pant:
Also the initial ransom video from September of 2015: