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Second Life as a Sleuth

April 12, 2010 Leave a comment

So recently, I recently started second life as a super sleuth. In the interactive game, Sleuth, I have the opportunity to have my avatar go around the ‘city’ solving crime! I got to not only customize my look but also my personal background. I’m a retired lawyer with a gambling program-don’t judge because I’m on the straight and narrow now and I’m on the case.

Sleuth is also is a social network. I can work with other detectives to solve cases too. I’m still new, but I’m meeting other people who have helped me sort through clues and figure out my resources. I’ve also told several people at work about the game and they have started playing. It so much fun! I get experience points and to live the life of the sleuth I’ve always dreamed of while reading mystery books. It’s my first take second life and I like it. I even have the game open in another screen as I type this and as soon as I’m done, I’m going to keep playing. I’m a little addicted at the moment. So now I pass it on to you. Warning: you can only solve 4 cases a day for free then they cut you off. Or you can do what I did and switch to the 1920s “Noir” version of the game and play there with a different look and character. There I’m a charming girl who’s parent’s cut me off from my inheritance, but I make a living solving cases and catching bad guys.

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Crime doesn’t pay: Two Examples of Social Media’s involvement with Crime

April 12, 2010 Leave a comment

Fed Request: Accept/Decline
For a new interesting use for Facebook, the FBI and the most popular website in the world have a partnership of sorts. Meaning the Feds use FB to aid in catching criminals. Any criminals dumb enough to brag about their exploits on social networking sites have now been warned: the next Facebook “friend” who contacts you may be an FBI agent. So you may want to reconsider the ‘accept’ button on that fed-I mean-friend request.
US federal law enforcement agents have been using social networking sites including Facebook, LinkedIn, MySpace and Twitter to search for evidence and witnesses in criminal cases, and in some instances, track suspects, according to a newly released justice department memo. So be careful what your updated status is cause it may come back to bite you. Why? Because FBI agents have created fake personalities in apparent contravention of some of the sites’ rules in order to befriend suspects and lure them into revealing clues or confessing, access private information and map social networks. So that really cute girl, or boy, who really wants to know everything about your every move and then meet you randomly may not truly be who they say they are. Not like anyone who hasn’t seen a lifetime movie in the last 10 years hasn’t found that out.
Agents can examine photographs for guns, jewelry and other evidence of participation in robbery or burglary, and can compare information on Facebook status updates and Twitter feeds with suspects’ alibis. Friend lists can yield witnesses or informants. Everything can be used against you in the online social realm.
Man Wears “Sign of Shame” as Punishment
A few weeks ago, an Indiana man, Dennis Brooks, who sent an obscene message to a teenager on (once thought to be dead) MySpace was ordered to wear a sign on his back, publicly professing his crime around his small town. It gives the title social networking a new meaning in my book.
The 41 year old pleaded guilty to a Class-D felony for intentionally sending obscene material that was harmful to a minor. He posted an obscene message on a 17-year-old female’s MySpace page in August 2009. In addition to the felony charge, Dennis got as part of his punishment, the wonderful punishment from the judge to walk up and down Main Street wearing a sign of shame. The sign read, “I sent an obscene message to a minor, and I am truly sorry.” In addition the sandwich board, he had to write an apology to the victim, perform 125 hours of community service, and serve one year of probation.
The point people check the birthday of that cute person on facebook or MySpace if you use it before you too may have to wear the sign of shame and be posted on the internet because of it. I guess that’s one way to check off two things off your to do before I die list: 15 minutes of ‘fame’ and a felony conviction…

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Diamonds are Forever

April 12, 2010 Leave a comment

Note: So I just got access not long ago so here are my blog posts. Sorry if they are a bit outdated, but I think they are still interesting….

That said:

When switching purses the other day, I ran across this metro paper from a couple of weeks ago. I’m not sure if anyone remembers it, but it was the one with the heist of the century front page. The entire front and back covers had been taken over as a promotion for a new book, well not as new now, Flawless: Inside the Largest Diamond Heist in History. The book was basically about the 2003 burglary of a building in Antwerp’s storied Diamond District. The front page gave me the history. I was enthralled hell enough to do it again for a second time only a couple days ago; I turned the page. Inside I found the cliff’s notes version of the conspirator’s criminal resumes. This included it all background and photos, a diagram of the building. It was comprehensive. The back page was where the promotional information came into play. In all honesty, the first time around it wasn’t until I had turned to the back cover that I realized this was an ad. The back cover provided me with games like Diamond shaped suduko and information on how to get a copy of the book to download. I played the game it was fun. And if it hadn’t been so late by the time I saw the ad I would signed up for a free copy of the book. Now it wasn’t the most interactive promotion, but it was good for a book. I found it clever and engaging. If anyone wants to check out the book against my better judgment I suggest you go to Amazon-scratch that-go to Barnes and Noble or something.

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