sticky web

the worldwide web is sticky indeed.

the drama unfolded. infant died in a hot car in georgia on june 18. father just forgot there was a baby in the back seat.

that excuse didn’t hold, however, because the father, ross harris was assassinated by his telephone records and his browsing history.

the story changed to become more about the electronic trail of evidence.

When news of the boy’s death broke, it was cast as a tragic mistake by an absentminded father. Police later indicated that evidence pointed to something more sinister and that some of the father’s statements to first responders “were not making sense,” said Sgt. Dana Pierce of the Cobb County Police Department.

email evidence: he received an email from the daycare, but didn’t respond.

phone evidence: he was exchanging photos with women throughout the day.

browser evidence: yes, even browser evidence. his search history and social media tracks became the most telling detail of all.

Ross Harris “stated that he recently researched, through the Internet, child deaths inside vehicles and what temperature it needs to be for that to occur,” police said…

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this is the first crime i can remember where the perp has their entire internet history presented to the world as a public trial.

for better or for worse, he got doxxed.

the web we have created is very sticky indeed.