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PostPosted: Fri Oct 11, 2019 6:30 pm 
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But this is the first time, I heard of one where the killer, dropped the SD card out of his camera, and someone found it and the police recognized his voice and license plate.

https://www.ktuu.com/content/news/Man-c ... 39431.html

ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - UPDATE Oct. 10:
Anchorage police have identified the victim of a murder that was partially recorded on an SD card as 30-year-old Kathleen J. Henry.


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An SD memory card found in the street has led police to arrest a man for murder regarding the human remains found near the Seward Highway last week.

Anchorage Police say 48-year-old Brian Steven Smith has been arrested on a charge of first-degree murder in the death of the woman who police say is listed as a Jane Doe.

Police say a woman called them Monday, Sept. 30, to say she'd found an SD card that contained video of a homicide. The woman told police she'd found the SD card in the street in Fairview.

According to charging documents, the SD card was labeled "Homicide at midtown Marriott." The memory card contained 39 images and 12 videos showing the progression of a crime.

Two days later, on Oct. 2, officers were called to Milepost 108 of the Seward Highway, where human remains were found. Police now believe the remains are of the woman shown in the video.

"Once we viewed images on the SD card, we notified our detectives in the homicide unit and they took over that part of the investigations," APD spokesman MJ Thim said.

Thim says investigators were able to quickly identify the suspect in the video because detectives were familiar with him from a separate ongoing investigation. Thim would specify neither the nature of the separate investigation nor Smith's role in it.

According to the charging documents, after police obtained a warrant for Smith's cell phone records, they were able to trace his location to the area where the human remains were found within minutes of when the last still image on the SD card was created.

Smith was arrested at the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport Tuesday without incident. Thim says he was returning to Anchorage when he was arrested. Thim says Smith is the only suspect in the case.

Police believe the crime took place in Anchorage in the first week of September at TownePlace Suites by Marriott in Midtown. APD says the first recording on the SD card was taken on September 4 and other images were created a few days later.

Smith faces one charge of Murder 1. He was arraigned Wednesday afternoon.

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 11, 2019 6:40 pm 
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 12, 2019 6:04 am 
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Chances are good that this creep has committed more than one of these murders. Otherwise why label the SD card with the location of the crime. Does AK have the death penalty?


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PostPosted: Sat Oct 12, 2019 6:36 am 
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arfmel wrote:
Chances are good that this creep has committed more than one of these murders. Otherwise why label the SD card with the location of the crime. Does AK have the death penalty?


Too bad we can't apply some persuasion to get someone like this to open up about other crimes.

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 12, 2019 6:41 am 
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"Play stupid games, win stupid prizes."

My LEO son says this all the time!

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 12, 2019 9:24 am 
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arfmel wrote:
Chances are good that this creep has committed more than one of these murders. Otherwise why label the SD card with the location of the crime. Does AK have the death penalty?


I agree, he's a serial killer in the making. Still trying to figure out what works for him. Little late for that, he's going to spend a lot of years in prison.
No death penalty in Alaska. I have no idea why not.

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 12, 2019 12:25 pm 
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Actually, I can think of only two reasons why they get caught.
1) They broke the law.
2) Extremely few rocket scientists are criminals.
(they are DUMB!)

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 12, 2019 4:26 pm 
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It’s an old story, but the BTK (bind, torture, kill) killer was writing letters to the police and taunting them. He asked if using a floppy disk to communicate was anonymous and they said it was. Well the meta data on the disk led them right to the church computer where he was a deacon. A little investigation and surveillance and they had their man.


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PostPosted: Sat Oct 12, 2019 5:03 pm 
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BTK one one twisted SOB. To kill 10 people over that period of time (17 years). Sometimes it takes a while for the technical information to catch up. It's speculated there are as many as 2000 serial killers active at any given time. Problem is, most murders aren't necessarily identified as done by a serial killer, so that makes catching them that much more difficult.

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