Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Elementary, My Dear Watson, Elementary.

UPDATE: There's also the small matter of the fingerprint, and the underwear taken as trophies.....


The New York Times informs us that Philip Markoff, a second year medical student at Boston University, was arrested in connection with the murder of a woman and the attack on another who'd advertised "massage services" in the "casual encounters" section of the popular Craigslist website.

There's not a lot of doubt as to what kind of services were being offered, but it does point out that the internet is a dangerous place at times.

It's been hinted that the reason for the crimes may have been robbery-perhaps an effort to pay off gambling debts.

A search warrant executed at Markoff's uppah crusty pad in Quincy, Mass. led to the discovery of tie wraps like the kind used to bind the victims and a pistol and ammo.

How'd the cops do it?

Through a combination of garden variety sleuth work, ever present security cameras, and the ineradicable trail that cell phones and email leave as they travel through the ether.

Here's one more guy who must have been sleeping through all the discussions about secure communications.

Photo New York Times.


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