Tuesday, April 09, 2013

Catching the "Craigslist Killer"

In April of 2009, there were not many "slow news days" in Boston.  Sex for hire in upscale hotels, one young woman murdered, another bound and robbed, possible patterns emerging:  headlines day by day unfolded the story of the hunt for the man who would become known as the "Craigslist Killer." 

For those more interested in the mechanics of the criminal investigation rather than the lurid details, yesterday's  posting by Mark Hansen on the on-line "ABA Journal Law News Now" is most informative.  He reports on the 2013 ABA TECHSHOW plenary session program, "On the Trail of the Craiglist Killer:  A Case Study in Digital Forensics.  Presenting to a "spellbound audience" Sharon Nelson and John Simek, President and Vice President, respectively, of Sensei Enterprises, a digital forensics, information security and information technology firm in Fairfax, Virginia, recount the "dramatic story" of how the Craigslist case was "cracked...through a combination of lucky breaks, dogged police work and a trail of traditional and forensic evidence."

A show to rival CSI (and no commercial breaks)!