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Top 5
Court Cases Where
Digital
Forensics
Played the Most Important Role
A Cheating Wife Plots
to Murder Her Husband.
Date: December 17, 2000
Crime: The murder of Air Force
Captain Marty Theer
Circumstances: Michelle Theer
engaged in an affair with John
Diamond, and the two plotted to
murder her husband.
Incriminating Evidence: 88,000
e-mails and Instant Messages were
found on Theer's computer
documenting the affair and subsequent
conspiracy.
Verdict: On December 3, 2004 Theer was found
guilty of murder and conspiracy with a sentence
of life imprisonment.
Date: January 1st, 2002
Crime: The kidnapping of 13
year old Alicia Kozakiweicz
Circumstances: Scott Tyree
kidnapped and bound a girl in his
basement.
Incriminating Evidence: Tyree sent a photo
of the girl to another man from his IM account
"masterforteenslavegirls". The other man then
contacted the police after reading about a
missing teen in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Verdict: Tyree was sentenced to 19 years and
7 months in a federal prison.
Groomed for Abduction
Crime: The murder of 10 individuals
Circumstances: Dennis Rader known
as the ‘BTK’ (Blind, Torture, Kill) Killer
had eluded the police for over 30 years.
Incriminating Evidence:
When Rader re-emerged after taking another
victim, he sent police a letter on a floppy disk.
Rader believed there was nothing else on the
disk, however it contained a Microsoft Word file
that police then examined. Using the metadata
they were able to locate and identify Rader.
Verdict: Rader is serving 10 consecutive life
sentences at a prison in Kansas.
The "BTK" Serial Killer
Caught up in
Child Pornography
Date: 2005
Crime: Possession of child
pornography
Circumstances: Corey Beantee Melton
brought his malfunctioning home computer to
Best Buy’s Geek Squad for virus removal.
Incriminating Evidence: After locating
several virsuses the store found them
re-attaching to movies. The videos were soon
identified as child pornography and the police
were contacted.
Verdict: Melton was sentenced to 10 years
in prison.
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Results for
‘How to Get Arrested’
Date: April 2004
Crime: The murder of William Mcguire
Circumstances: William’s wife of five
years, Melanie, plotted to kill her husband.
Incriminating Evidence:
Google searches found on Melaine's
computer including 'How to Commit a
Murder', 'Untraceable Poisons' and
'Where to buy a gun in Pennsylvania.'
Verdict: Convicted of four charges,
including one for first degree murder.
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