Beverly Anne Giesbrecht was a western convert to Islam, who created the controversial Jihad Unspun website . [1] Giesbrecht was a media consultant and website designer, prior to her conversion, and her creation of Jihad Unspun. She is reported to have become interested in Islam following al Qaeda’s attacks on September 11, 2001 .

In 2008 she moved to the Afghanistan region, where she continued to operate the jihad unspun website. [1] In spite of being sympathetic to the Taliban she was captured and held for ransom. She feels sorry for Canada, warning that her captors would kill her if their demands were not met. [2] She died, apparently of medical neglect, after years of captivity.

Giesbrecht was kidnapped in October 2008. [3] On November 3, 2008, CBC News reported her most recent online video of an appeal for donations to leave the region, for her to stay there.

Her friend, Glen Cooper, was the primary contact, when she was in captivity. [4] The Globe and Mail reported, in March, 2011, that after months of no contact, following months of declining health, he accepted that he died in captivity.

In 2012, two years after death, CBC News quoted RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson’s first comments on the case. [5] Curt Petrovich , the journalist who questioned Paulson, recorded him asserting “There was some ambiguity as to the kidnap was a legitimate kidnap or not.”

In 2016 CBC News devoted an hour-long episode of its firsthand television series to recounting her story. [1] [6] ALTHOUGH Some sources speculated That She Was not a sincere convert to Islam, and That her website Was a false flag operation, the CBC ‘ s’ interviews with her friends, back in Canada, portrayed her as sincere, and motivated by humanitarian motives. [7] [8] [9]


  1. ^ Jump up to:c “The Woman Who Joined the Taliban” . Firsthand (TV series) . 2015-10-22. Archived from the original on 2016-12-03 . Retrieved 2017-02-28 . This film sets out to investigate the mysterious circumstances surrounding Beverley’s kidnapping amidst Islamic fundamentalism, shifting allegiances and political plot in the lawless tribal territories on the border of Pakistan and Afghanistan.
  2. Jump up^ “The Woman Who Joined the Taliban: My Memories of Bev” . Firsthand (TV series) . 2015-10-22. Archived from the original on 2016-04-25 . Retrieved 2017-02-28 . The first call phone came four weeks later. She was crying on the phone, while a bunch of men were laughing in the background. Their demands were outrageous, and it was impossible to negotiate with them. Then came the videos on TV. At first I did not recognize her. She had aged 30 years, and looked utterly dejected. This was not the Bev I knew. She used to be a warrior in the business news, but now I was looking at a beaten puppy.
  3. Jump up^ “BC freelancer made ‘urgent appeal’ to exit Pakistan before kidnapping” . CBC News . 2008-11-03 . Retrieved 2017-02-28 . A BC woman gathered video material for a documentary in northern Pakistan had been taken to the war zone last month before she was kidnapped in a tribal region.
  4. Jump up^ Mark Hume (2011-03-17). “Old friend gives up hope for captive Canadian in Pakistan” . Globe and Mail . Archived from the original on 2016-09-20 . Retrieved 2017-03-01 . “I have long feared it, but I have accepted it only a few weeks ago,” said Mr. Cooper, an old friend of his.
  5. Jump up^ Curt Petrovich (2012-04-24). “RCMP not learned Canadian was kidnapped by Taliban . CBC News . Retrieved 2017-02-28 . RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson on CBC Parliament Hill Monday.
  6. Jump up^ Jesilou Tongio (2015-10-22). “The Woman Who Joined the Taliban” . Firsthand (TV series) . Archived from the original on 2016-09-06 . Retrieved 2017-02-28 . Her extraordinary story is told in The Woman Who Joined the Taliban – A documentary that tries to make sense of how Giesbrecht took a look at salvation in Islamic jihad, and then fell into a hell of captivity at the hands of the Taliban.
  7. Jump up^ Beverly Anne Giesbrecht (2003-08-21). “Assalamualeikum Enver, May this letter reach you in the best of health and Imaan” . Jihad Unspun . Archived from the original on 2016-08-15 . Retrieved 2017-02-28 . Although it grieves me a great deal to say this, the CIA accusations stem from Muslims, my very brothers and sisters. The first rumors were started by Azzam Publications and Maktabah Al Ansar, both of whom know exactly who we have had business dealings early on.
  8. Jump up^ “Azzam claims Jihadunspun is a fake” . Islamwatch . 2002-11-06. Archived from the original on 2002-12-06 . Retrieved 2017-03-01 . Following this second, direct attack on our credibility and integrity, and JUS [jihd unspun] ‘s statement that Waaqiah.Com is now the home of Britain’s controversial Azzam Publications, which has been taken over by this statement is going to be in the air, but we are not going to say anything about it.
  9. Jump up^ “The Web as al-Qaeda’s safety net” . The Chicago Tribune . 2003-03-28. Archived from the original on 2016-03-06 . Retrieved 2017-03-02 . They speculate that Jihad Unspun, an English-language site that appears to promote terrorism, may be a CIA creation, designed to find out who’s who or orders videos glorifying bin Laden.