An SD card found on the street in Alaska, labeled “Homicide,” showed a man killing a woman at a hotel in Anchorage.
Now 48 year-old Brian Smith from South Africa has been arraigned for and charged with first degree murder.
The file on the SD card showed him strangling a woman while repeating:
A memory card found on the street contained videos of a woman's murder. Police in Alaska arrested the man they think did it— test (@AutoTes48353424) October 11, 2019
A 48-year-old man in Alaska has been charged with murder after authorities said an SD card found on the street contained videos and https://t.co/EVULzLjfjq
So very sad🙁 glad it led to an arrest.— Howling at the Moon (@NorthReflection) October 10, 2019
This is one of the weirdest crime stories I've ever read. (And I scared a bunch of intro to journalism students this week with my own tales.)https://t.co/sSAi8SzqDJ— Becky Jacobs (@ruthyjacobs) October 10, 2019
This is why you always put your murder files on an SD card labeled "Granny Mac's hymn book scans 2008", in a hidden partition. https://t.co/3TbkjYKWZB— TheWholeTruthXX (@TheWholeTruthXX) October 10, 2019
Have you read about this guy?? Not sure what number he murder was on, but I know damn well he didn't start videoing himself and naming his kill on SD card at #1. #BrianStevenSmithhttps://t.co/qIh7VNMKnn— Darkfeather (@Sanashanta) October 10, 2019
When a body was found on the side of the road at Milepost 108 of the Seward Highway, police were easily able to connect the dots.
SD card turned in to APD depicts brutal murder of unknown woman in Anchorage hotel room https://t.co/J6ZNoatjjr— Owen Cruise (@owenak907) October 10, 2019
This is insane https://t.co/qh5M7TIwFg— smoothie queen (@pytdianna) October 10, 2019
Man arrested for murder after SD card with video of crime found on street https://t.co/p1VFF0jZmU— Social Media Buzz (@Go2WebMarketing) October 11, 2019
“An Alaska resident found a stray SD card lying on the street in late September and discovered gruesome content inside: images and video of a woman appearing to be assaulted and murdered.” https://t.co/lfrS32zLId— michelle pemberton (@MichelleRocket) October 10, 2019
I am in this volunteer program and was a little shocked to hear where they found her body. I had stopped in a few places on the way back last month for photos.... https://t.co/UJbPSGRgAh— Kel Oxendine-Gilroy (@n8vbell) October 10, 2019
In a report by KTUU, Smith was already the subject of another ongoing investigation, which is why police were able to easily identify him.
“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.”
Holy shit. If this was fiction it would be called a too convenient plot device.https://t.co/H80dCwe593— C.A. Petrified (@FullMetaDuchess) October 9, 2019
What a genius.— Areola (@AreolaMerkin) October 10, 2019
CSI got him with his own sloppy trophy 🏆 keeping. Hannibal lecter needs to talk with this guy.— Fly_Guy_1966 (@flyguy1966) October 10, 2019
Thank god for proper labeling.— Wataru (@Wataru_2001) October 10, 2019
Glad he was caught.— Terry Matier (@TerryMatier) October 10, 2019
The police believe that the crime occurred in early September at TownePlace Suites by Marriott in Midtown Anchorage.
The case is pending before a grand jury.
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