Case 78

The Janabi Family

During the Iraq War, four members of the Janabi Family were found brutally massacred in their farmhouse in the rural village of Yusufiyah. 14-year-old Abeer Qassim Hamza al-Janabi had been violently raped and the family’s home had been set on fire. 

The crime initially appeared to be the work of Sunni insurgents but the reality that soon came to light was much darker.


In late 2019, Casefile spoke with a special guest related to one of our most controversial episodes. The interview was initially intended for our companion podcast, From the Files, but as we’ve since put that show on hiatus, we’ve decided to air it as a bonus, one-off release due to its importance.



Casefile Presents



Research & writing – Milly Raso

Narration – Anonymous Host



‘Flatline intro’ and ‘Come play with me’ intro and outro –

Audio production – Mike Migas 

Scoring – Mike Migas and Andrew Joslyn



Logo and website design – Paulina Szymanska




Black Hearts: One Platoon’s Descent Into Madness in Iraq’s Triangle of Death – Jim Frederick



Ultimatum to Saddam Hussein – George W. Bush

Iraqis Outraged at U.S Soldier’s Life Sentence – Al Jazeera



U.S v. Steven D. Green – Affidavit in Support of an Arrest Warrant

Transcript of Testimony of Paul Cortez

Transcript of Testimony of Jesse Spielman

Transcript of Testimony of Mohammed al-Janabi

Transcript of Testimony of Mahdi al-Janabi

Transcript of Ahmed al-Azawy



Stand Strong: Serving Honorably in Combat

Stand Strong: The Effects of Combat on the Army Professional

IAMA ex-military whistleblower who turned in most of his squad for the rape and murder of a civilian family in Iraq. Ask me anything.



Letter of Apology – Steven Green



David Babineau – Arlington National Cemetery

Relatives describe young men determined to serve country – New York Times

Family, friends remember soldiers tortured, killed in Iraq – Fox News

Two dead soldiers, eight more to go, vow avengers of Iraqi girl’s rape – Telegraph

“I came over here because I wanted to kill people” – Washington Post

Experience: I was a whistleblower – The Guardian

Soldier describes anguish in revealing murder allegations – USA Today

Details emerge in alleged army rape, killings – Washington Post

A soldiers shame – Time

Accused G.I was troubled long before Iraq – New York Times

Soldier: ‘Death walk’ drives troops ‘nuts’ – CNN International

Ex-soldier pleads not guilty to rape, murder – CNN International

Iraq rape soldier given life sentence – The Guardian

Ex-Soldier gets life sentence for Iraq murders – New York Times

‘I didn’t think of Iraqis as humans,’ says U.S soldier who raped 14-year-old girl before killing her and her family – Daily Mail

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