In this day and age, one would think everyone would realize personal computer usage isn't personal at all. Let alone trust the privacy of phone calls and text messages. But, apparently that's just not the case. Even in the wake of famous cases such as the 2005 capture (thanks to computer forensics) of Dennis Rader, known to most as the BTK serial killer, and even more recently, the well publicized "sexting" scandal between former Detroit Mayor and his chief of staff, Christine Beatty, psychopaths and those "just up to no good" continue to use technology to communicate their plans and even seek help in carrying out crimes.
Casey Anthony, a Florida mother on trial for killing her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee, is now accused of performing computer searches on chloroform, neck breaking, and making homemade weapons prior to her daughter's death. Although the searches were "deleted," they remained stored on her hard drive and officials were able to locate an entire Internet history record. Michigan teen, Tia Skinner, is also accused of hiring two fellow classmates Jonathan Kurtz and James Peterson to kill her parents. The most damning evidence against the trio? Text messages, which were admitted into evidence just days ago. The text messages revealed plans to commit the crime and even to go shopping after Tia paid the two $1,000.
Advancements in DNA evidence aside, technology has now made it easier than ever for law enforcement to obtain convictions. It's also made it easier for the lay person to catch a cheating spouse or foil the plans of a sexual predator. Forensic science is so advanced and the use of technology in court proceedings is now so commonplace, it's a wonder why today's wrongdoers actually believe they won't get caught.