Monthly Archives: December 2016

Police investigations looking to harvest data from the Amazon Echo

It is interesting to see the wide coverage of a police investigation looking to harvest data from the Amazon Echo, the always-listening home automation device you may know as Alexa. A murder investigation has led them to issue Amazon a warrant to fork over any recordings made during the time of a crime, and Amazon has so far refused.

Not too long ago, this is the sort of news would have been discussed on Hackaday but the rest of my family would have never heard about it. Now we just need to get everyone to think one step beyond this and we’ll be getting somewhere.

What isn’t being discussed here is more of concern to me. How many of you have a piece of tape over your webcam right now? Why did you do that? It’s because we know there are compromised systems that allow attackers to turn on the camera remotely.

Read more at: https://hackaday.com/tag/murder-investigation/

search warrant

It is interesting to see the wide coverage of a police investigation looking to harvest data from the Amazon Echo, the always-listening home automation device you may know as Alexa. A murder investigation has led them to issue Amazon a warrant to fork over any recordings made during the time of a crime, and Amazon has so far refused.

Not too long ago, this is the sort of news would have been discussed on Hackaday but the rest of my family would have never heard about it. Now we just need to get everyone to think one step beyond this and we’ll be getting somewhere.

What isn’t being discussed here is more of concern to me. How many of you have a piece of tape over your webcam right now? Why did you do that? It’s because we know there are compromised systems that allow attackers to turn on the camera remotely.

Read more at: https://hackaday.com/tag/search-warrant/

Sheriff’s bloodhound picks up trail of alleged Claremont burglar, but suspect sneaks away



CLAREMONT Claremont police received a little help from a four-legged crime fighter in tracking down a man possibly linked to a home break-in Monday.

Rancho Cucamonga sheriff’s station’s bloodhound Dare was brought in to track a burglar after police determined the person who broke into a Claremont home had cut himself on window glass, according to a San Bernardino County Sheriff’s statement.

Officers followed the bloody trail for about 2 miles until it disappeared near Garey Avenue and Foothill Boulevard in Pomona, officials said.

Dare and his handler, Deputy Ryan Girard, were requested to assist.

Dare acquired the scent

Read more at: http://www.dailybulletin.com/general-news/20161227/sheriffs-bloodhound-picks-up-trail-of-alleged-claremont-burglar-but-suspect-sneaks-away

Police: Boyfriend Stabbed Jean Shepard’s Granddaughter, Husband

HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn. – Tuesday police released new details after two people were killed and one was injured in stabbing attack at the home of the late country legend Jean Shepard over the weekend.

The incident happened around 3 a.m. Saturday at a home in the 200 block of Elnora Court.

When officers got to the home they found Shepard’s husband, 79-year-old Benny Birchfield, at the front of the home, wounded and bloody.

He told officers he had been stabbed and that he shot someone inside the home. Birchfield was taken to the hospital where he underwent surgery.

Once inside the home, police found Shepard’s granddaughter 18-year-old Icie Hawkins clinging to life. Her boyfriend, 21-year-old Travis Sanders, was dead. 

“It was an extremely bloody crime scene,” said Hendersonville Police Spokesperson Det. Sgt. Jim Vaughn.

He said Hawkins was rushed to the hospital but died on the way.

Birchfield told police he arrived home and heard a disturbance in the basement. He

Read more at: http://www.newschannel5.com/news/late-country-stars-husband-wont-face-charges-in-fatal-shooting

Police: No charges in ‘very bloody’ attack, murder at Jean Shepard’s home

HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – The widower of country singer Jean Shepard won’t face charges after shooting a 21-year-old man who attacked him and stabbed his granddaughter to death at his Hendersonville home.

The attack happened around 3 a.m. Saturday at Benny Birchfield’s Elnora Court residence just as he returned home.

Police said Birchfield called out to his 18-year-old granddaughter Icie Hawkins after hearing some sort of disturbance downstairs in the basement. After not receiving what police called an “appropriate response,” Birchfield went downstairs to check on her when he was confronted by Travis Sanders.

(Photo: WKRN)
(Photo: WKRN)

Sanders, who police said was Hawkins’ boyfriend, was armed with a large knife. He then attacked Birchfield, stabbing him in his head, neck and arm.

Police said Birchfield then fired as many as five shots at Sanders in self-defense. The 21-year-old died at

Read more at: http://wkrn.com/2016/12/20/new-details-to-be-released-in-stabbing-death-of-jean-shepards-granddaughter/

‘A bond that will not be broken’: Emanuel AME victims, families and friends applaud verdict, head into painful holidays

Last weekend, Jennifer Pinckney sat down her two young daughters individually, including the now-7-year-old who hid beneath a desk with her as a gunman executed their father on the other side of a thin wall.

The school librarian explained to each what had gone on the previous week. The man who reportedly killed her husband and their daddy, the Rev. Clementa Pinckney, was on trial. They didn’t know yet what would happen.

But soon they would.

Late Thursday, Pinckney drove home after a jury found Dylann Roof guilty of all 33 charges against him, including hate crimes and religious obstruction. She prepared to speak with her girls again. This time, she could tell them that a jury had found the man who killed their father guilty. At the least, he would spend his life in prison.

“The first step is over,” Pinckney said. “It gave us at least a little bit of closure before

Read more at: http://www.postandcourier.com/church_shooting/a-bond-that-will-not-be-broken-emanuel-ame-victims/article_d424f212-c301-11e6-96bf-ff8b0ef3a5fe.html

Charleston Church Shooter Dylann Roof Found Guilty On All Charges

A South Carolina jury has found 22-year-old white supremacist Dylann Roof guilty of all charges in the Emmanuel AME Church shooting that claimed the lives of nine Black parishioners as they gathered for a Wednesday night bible study in June 2015.

The jury convicted Roof of the massacre after two hours of deliberation, following an emotional week of testimony from survivors and multiple viewings of a recorded FBI interview that shows Roof immediately confessing after the shooting.

The jury, comprised of nine white people and two Black people, were also shown photos of the horrific crime scene taken inside the church following the shooting.

Roof, who confessed to authorities that the attack was motivated by his disdain for Black people, was convicted of multiple charges including nine counts of hate crimes resulting in death, nine counts of obstructing the exercise of religion resulting in death and three counts of hate crimes involving an attempt to kill, among others.

According to ABC7 News, the same

Read more at: http://www.essence.com/news/dylann-roof-found-guilty-all-charges

Homeless man accused of killing delivery man with hammer points finger at friend

UPDATE THURSDAY 9:15 A.M.: The jury has found Jeremiah Roberts guilty of murder and robbery in the slaying of John Sullivan.

He will be sentenced on Jan. 13.

EARLIER:

On a cold January evening nearly three years ago, 49-year-old John Sullivan knocked on the door of a home on the city’s west side, court documents say. He thought he was just delivering a pizza.

He didn’t know he was walking into a trap.

Two young men waited on the other side of the door, prosecutors allege. They were drifters, crisscrossing their way across the country on foot or by hitchhiking. A well-meaning woman allowed the two homeless men, Jeremiah Roberts and Derek Romano, to temporarily stay in a barn behind a residence

Read more at: http://www.indystar.com/story/news/crime/2016/12/14/homeless-man-accused-killing-delivery-man-hammer-points-finger-friend/95432734/

Rotting corpses, blood splattered walls, dead cats: Crime scene cleaner reveals gruesome scenes of horror job

If you’ve ever watched CSI and thought ‘I could do that’ – think again.

A crime scene cleaner has spoken candidly about the gruesome encounters he experiences on a daily basis – and it’s a world away from the stylized forensics drama.

Josh Marsden, managing director of Australia Forensic Warning, started his own biohazard crime cleaning company more than 10 years ago.

In that time he has had to remove maggots from rotting corpses, clean up dead rats and cats and sort out pools of dried blood.

But the worse thing about his job? The overpowering stench of the dead.

“My first reaction was how do you get rid of that smell. The first job we did was getting rid of the smell,” he told Daily Mail Australia .

Josh reveals gruesome details of being a crime scene cleaner

Murder scene… Josh often has to

Read more at: http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/rotting-corpses-blood-splattered-walls-9454773

After Mourning the Charleston Shooting Victims, White People Still Voted Trump

People pray outside Charleston’s AME Emmanuel Church two days after Dylann Roof shot nine people. Photo by Mladen Antonov/AFP/Getty Images

Marjorie
McIver said she didn’t want to talk politics. She was mindful about how she
would be perceived, how her words might be used, or misused, no matter how
carefully she explained herself. I want to talk about her, though, because her story upends a central narrative surrounding Donald Trump’s victory, that personal pain makes people susceptible to those, like our president-elect, willing their exploit anguish.

She deftly veered our
discussion away from the 2016 election after I asked her about the possibility
that Hillary Clinton could become this country’s female president. This was in
early February, two weeks before Trump won the Republican primary in our
home state of South Carolina. He’d receive nearly 50 percent of the vote in Horry County, where

Read more at: http://www.vice.com/read/charleston-church-shooting-a-sisters-pain-trump