SD card found on the street leads police to murder charge after viewing its contents

Oct 12, 2019

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SD card found on the street leads police to murder charge after viewing its contents

Oct 12, 2019

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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The incidence of dumb criminals filming and photographing their crimes, or at least being caught on camera by their victims, seems to be on the rise. KTUU reports that a woman contacted police in Anchorage, Alaska last week after discovering a memory card in the street. A memory card which she said contained the video of a homicide.

Two days later, police discovered human remains found near a highway. At the time, police said that the cause of death was unknown, as was the amount of time the remains had been there, and the victim’s identity was unknown. Now, police believe that the victim is the one shown on the SD card, and an arrest has been made.

KTUU says that the SD card, labelled “Homicide at midtown Marriott”, contained 39 images and 12 videos, detailing the crime as it played out. Anchorage police say that 48-year-old Brian Steven Smith has now been charged with first-degree murder in the death of a woman that had previously been listed as a Jane Doe. Now the victim has been identified as a result of the footage contained on the memory card as 30-year-old Kathleen J. Henry.

Police spokesman MJ Thim said that the police believe Smith recorded the events himself, reports The Telegraph, and that they also believe it happened in early September. The videos are reported to show a woman being strangled with a man’s voice saying “just… die”.

While Smith lives in Anchorage, the report says he is from South Africa. While reviewing the footage, his accent was recognised from another investigation. They found that he was registered in early September to a room at a local hotel with carpets that matched those in the footage, the police charging document states.

It takes a certain type of person to commit a murder like this, and it’s not something I’d advise anybody pursue. But it takes a special kind of stupid to film it and then lose the memory card where anybody can find it on the street.

[via KTUU/The Telegraph]

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John Aldred

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John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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5 responses to “SD card found on the street leads police to murder charge after viewing its contents”

  1. Jeremy Breaux Avatar
    Jeremy Breaux

    No. Don’t be careful, film everything. Especially if you commit crimes!

    If this wasn’t on film they never would have caught the guy.

  2. Mike Randall Avatar
    Mike Randall

    How about, “Don’t commit crimes, folks”.

  3. Tom Robson Avatar
    Tom Robson

    Pretty sure I’d handover my footage to police myself if I’d witnessed a crime, certainly a murder..

    1. Mike Randall Avatar
      Mike Randall

      Tom Robson this numbskull actually filmed HIMSELF committing the crimes, including murder.

  4. Adrian J Nyaoi Avatar
    Adrian J Nyaoi

    We see a lot of these kind of video in social media, filmed by the bad guys… mostly on the roads.