Digital Forensics Archives

This section covers the famous cases which made extensive use of digital forensics leading to solving the case. Though these cases have been briefly described, the idea was to indicate the importance of digital forensics in solving critical cases. With the growing trend of cyberattacks in 2020, it is imperative to incorporate digital forensics to effectively manage cyber events.

Matt Baker—2010

I first met Matt Baker – a Baptist preacher – in the fall of 2007 in his hometown of Kerrville, Texas. When a man accused of murdering his wife is willing to talk to a reporter prior to trial, on camera and on the record, it is only natural to believe that he just might be innocent. And Baker was more than willing to sit down for an interview. What’s more, Baker’s attorney, Guy James Gray, was a savvy former prosecutor who told us he had taken the case pro bono because he believed deeply in Baker’s case. Read more

 Krenar Lusha—2009

Krenar Lusha also had 14 mobile phones and a video on his laptop called “mobile detonators” that showed how to turn a mobile phone into a bomb trigger. …

He was asleep in bed when police raided his home in Derby on August 26 last year but a laptop was connected to the internet and material was visibly being downloaded. Read more

Larry Jo Thomas—2016

A jury Thursday convicted a 22-year-old man for the 2016 fatal shooting of a 50-year-old man on the city’s northeast side, prosecutors said.

Larry Joe Thomas of Indianapolis was convicted of two counts of murder and a count of attempted robbery in the death of Rito Llamas-Juarez on Feb. 29, 2016, in a parking lot in the 3900 block of North Post Road, said a news release from the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office. Read more

Mikayla Munn—2016

Mikayla Munn, 21, was charged with murder and neglect of a dependent causing death.

Police say the former Manchester University student called 911 on March 8 saying she “just gave birth and passed out.” When responding officers arrived at herdorm, they found Munn in the bathtub and the baby not breathing. Read more

Michelle Theer-2000

When Frank Martin Theer, known to friends and family as Marty, was introduced to Michelle Forcier during high school, some thought it was a perfect match.

Marty and Michelle were both Army brats. They were both ambitious. Her outgoing personality perfectly balanced Marty’s quieter, more reserved demeanor. Read more

Scott Tyree – 2002

 On January 1st, 2002, Scott Tyree kidnapped a 13-year-old girl name Alicia Kozakewicz. On the same night, Tyree sent a photograph of Alicia tied in his basement via Yahoo Messenger to someone in Tampa, FL. The man from Tampa happened to check the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette website and saw that the same girl was missing from her home. Read more

Dennis Rader — The “BTK” Serial Killer 2005

Dennis Rader, otherwise known as the BTK killer, thought he had some sort of understanding with Wichita, Kan., police Lt. Ken Landwehr, head of the multi agency task force that was trying to catch him. Read more

James M. Cameron – 2009

February of 2009 was dark for James Cameron when he was indicated on 16 charges of trafficking in child pornography. Allegations were made that between July 2006 and January 2008 Cameron had uploaded child pornography to a Yahoo photo album using various aliases. Yahoo too reported locating numerous images of child pornography in the photos section of a Yahoo account. Read more

Corey Beantee Melton 2005

The appellant, Corey Beantee Melton, was convicted of possession of obscene matter, a violation of § 13A-12-192(b), Ala.Code 1975. The trial court sentenced him to serve a term of ten years in prison. Melton did not file a motion for a new trial. Read more

James Kent-2007

Another case of child pornography took place in 2007 when James Kent, a professor of public administration at Maris College in Poughkeepsie, NY complained to the IT department of the university about his computer being problematic.

The investigator, Barry Friedman, used a software known as EnCase and found out that the files were downloaded from the cache of the old hard disk. Over 14,000 images were recovered along with a letter dated 1999 to PB stating that a cover-up should be made stating that Kent has been researching on the topic and all the material in his possession was for research purposes only. Read more

Brad Cooper-2008

 A Cary man accused of strangling his wife and dumping her body in an unfinished housing development nearly three years ago was found guilty of first-degree murder Thursday, after a lengthy trial that turned out to be the longest non-capital case in Wake County.

The jury of 10 women and two men deliberated for more than 10 hours over the course of three days before reaching its verdict. Bradley Graham Cooper, 37, who showed little emotion as the verdict was read, was sentenced to life in prison without parole, in Nancy Cooper’s July 12, 2008, death. Read more

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