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Top 10 Dark Crimes Cracked by the Internet

Updated on March 9, 2020
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Shawn Tangcalagan is a 22-year-old man who lives in the Philippines, also a writer and outdoorsman.

  1. The Daylight Robbery

No matter how clever you may think you are there’s a good chance you won’t get away with your planned crime in 2011. A woman had her home broken into by two armed robbers these robbers held her at gunpoint for over an hour while ransacking her house, unfortunately, police were unable to find any DNA in her home or any leads to who these individuals might be that was until three years. Later now her friends were looking up her house on Google Street View to find directions on how to get there that’s when she saw that Google had captured an image of the two robbers outside of her house cops were then able to reopen the case and follow this new lead, so yeah Google Earth is the biggest snitch of all talk about lucky timing.

2.The Philadelphia Attacks

On a late Thursday night, two men were sent to the hospital after badly beaten and attacked by a group of young adult surveillance footage shows a group of 15 white well dressed males and females wandering the streets of Philadelphia. A couple of individuals then yelled out some homophobic slurs at two men before attacking them, police release this footage on YouTube with the hope that people could identify the criminals that were when the Twitter user (@FanSince09) decided to take on the case and he solved it entirely through social media. Now, this user scoured social media until he found another user tweet a picture of the group of individuals at a restaurant he did more research and found the name of the restaurant Love Viola, from there he went Facebook’s graph search this is a search system that can show you who has recently checked in to the restaurant from there he was able to narrow down who the suspects were he has been a huge help in solving this case.

3.The Lottery Winner Murder

In 2009, Abraham Shakespeare, A Florida man and winner of a 32 million dollar lottery was found murdered the police had no leads on this case or even any suspects. However, individuals created a forum for Abraham’s case they believed the murderer was the main motive for the killing was thought to be his lottery winnings so who would be someone who wanted Abraham murdered for his money. This loose ended up creating a theory that a woman named Doris Moore, referred to as “Didi” was the murderer, now didi was his financial adviser and cops could not prove that she was guilty. Until she started commenting on the forum so didi saw the theories pointing fingers at her and decided to hop on the discussion at first, She created an account anonymously there she would refute those accusations then she would post comments as herself and further defend herself. However, Webb Salusa, noticed that both accounts had matching Ip Addresses, it was suspicious how she was trying to point fingers at other people and go through this length to clear her name police were able to use this to arrest her eventually Didi was found guilty and was sentenced to life in prison.

4.The Stolen Laptop

On a trip to New York, a man named Sean Power, had his laptop, cellphone, health card and other important documents stolen from him he thought that these items were gone forever until he found an app called Prey, now Prey ended up locating his laptop but that’s not all it also took screenshots of what the individual was searching and turned on the web camera to show him who the thief was. It showed him that this man was at a bar in Manhattan he then went on Twitter to tweet about his findings some on his New York followers went to the bar to keep an eye to this man until authorities arrived, the app allowed also Sean to figure out the thief's name from his Skype and Gmail account Sean eventually was reunited with his laptop.

5.The Drunk Driver

In 1968, On Halloween night 4-year-old Cara Lee Ashby, was out with her cousin when she was hit and killed by a drunk driver the driver failed to stop as they were crossing the intersection. Now, this was a cold case for 45 years until police decided to share the details of the case on Facebook, that was when one Facebook user came forward with more information on the crime this woman lived in the area in 1968, but now she lives in Florida she told police. That she was asked by Parker’s family to tell police that she was with Douglas and his brother on Halloween night she always wondered why she was asked this with this information police reinterrogated Douglas Parker’s, and he admitted to killing Cara Lee, that night however no charges can be filed against him since the statutes of limitations has expired which is incredibly frustrating.

6.The Stolen Caravan

In 2010, a caravan was stolen off of someone’s driveway on broad daylight. Police had no leads in this case they don’t know what happened to the car who took it or where it is now. That wasn’t until a year later the owner was looking at his house on Google Street View and I’m sure we’ve all done this like he just browsed through your town using Google Maps, like going and clicking down for some reason it was an entertaining thing to for me to do as a child. Anyways the owner ended up seeing the thieves in action on his driveway he shared this discovery with this, police and two years later the culprit was found and arrested again talk about perfect timing.

7.The Selfie Criminals

We have these Selfie Criminals in 2015, 2 Houston men stole a computer, iPad and $5000 now they probably would have gotten away with it that is if they didn’t like to take selfies. These two men use these devices to take numerous selfies and they’re unaware of the feature known as iCloud because every selfie they took got uploaded to the cloud. A week after the theft the owner of the device went on his iCloud and saw the photos of the thieves he turned this information over to the police and these men were caught and arrested.

8.The Mysterious Bucket

In 2001, Ronald’s Helfer, a truck driver noticed an abandoned plastic bucket at a truck stop in Missouri months. Later when he returned the bucket was still there this time he decided to investigate it he initially was like hey a free bucket! He wanted to take it to feed his pigs when he dumped out the contents of the bucket, he thought it was animal parts in concrete turns out it was a human head now, all of this evidence including images of the mans skull was uploaded to a website for internet to solve now a woman named Ellen Leach, saw the skull and decided to cross-reference it with a missing person site. She compared the skulls facial shape and features too numerous missing individuals that are when she noticed that the skulls features matched that of a man named Gregory May, her findings were given to the police and as a result, they were able to solve this murder turns out he was murdered by his friend Doug de Bruin, over his valuable Civil War memorabilia, now Ellen has helped solved eight cases around the country I think its time that they start paying her for all her help or just give her a medal or something honestly.

9.The Hacker

Brad Williams, was often referred to as a social outcast he would spend an unhealthy amount of hours on the computer. He never had a social life and he didn’t even go to his prom well turns out that Brad was doing important sleuthing business on his computer. All these years so Brad created a Trojan virus that allowed him to control any computer that downloaded it he ended up infiltrating 3,000 computers. Now what he would do was go through individuals emails and documents to try and find online pedophiles, he spent three years tracking down these pedophiles. Even ignoring arrest threats from the police well Brad ended up exposing numerous child predators across, Canada the US and Russia.

10.The Hit and Run

In August of 2018, police were investigating a hit and run accident. It left a bicyclist dead at the scene of the crime now, the only clue to go by was a small part of a car headlight Washington State Police uploaded a picture of a car part to Twitter. Asked for help identifying it, the image got spread around and ended up on the subreddit, what is this thing that is when a user was accurately able to identify what car it belonged to this user was a state vehicle inspector for a long time he posted saying it was from a 1988 Chevy Silverado headlamp diesel, this narrowed down the police search. They ended up arresting the criminals responsible for the hit and run so this Reddit user single-handedly solve this case.

© 2020 Shawn Tangcalagan


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