10 Crimes Solved On Facebook

10 Crimes Solved On Facebook 10 Kalvon Hawkins Back in 2011, Ne’Keisha Hodges-Hawkins was just another teenaged girl She’d recently graduated from Michigan City High School, and was looking forward to going off to college and living her life

Tragically, these plans were never met, as in July 2011, when she was shot dead in a park four days before her 18th birthday Her father Kelvon was, obviously, heartbroken With his daughter ripped from his life, and the police unable to identify a suspect, Kelvon had to comfort himself with going back over Nekeisha’s old Facebook photos There, he saw a number of comments from people hinting that they knew who was behind the murder Kelvon took the information to the police, but they did nothing

Desperate, in December 2016 Kelvon took to Facebook Live Streaming an emotional 20 minute video, he asked the internet for help tracking down his daughter’s killer The video went viral in the local area, and clearly people were moved to share their info because, only a month later, Charles Gerron was arrested for the crime In November 2017, Gerron was sentenced to 50 years for the killing, and Kelvon Hawkins finally had a little bit of closure 9 Dawn Keating In 2008, police officer Dawn Keating made history

Working for Cincinnati PD’s Real Time Crime Centre, Keating was given the daunting task of helping bring down a gang known as the North Side Taliband The group were suspected to be major dealers of crack cocaine, and Cincinnati's police force had had enough While there’s nothing new about an overworked police office trying to stop a gang, the method Keating used to identify her suspects was unprecedented at the time Logging in to Facebook, as well as other social media sites like LinkedIn, Keating was able to identify almost the entire gang from their online profiles Yes, apparently drug dealers use LinkedIn

Not only that, but she was able to use the fact people had added each other and had been tagged together on Facebook as proof that the members all knew each other, and were part of the same group After a nine month investigation with other officers, the Cincinnati police successfully arrested 71 members of the North Side Taliban, enough to entirely disband the gang 8 Corey Adams I’ll admit it, I don’t know much about hiring a hitman At least that’s what my lawyer has advised me to say But even I know that advertising for an assassin over social media is a very very dumb idea

That extremely obvious fact didn’t stop Corey Adams of West Chester, Pennsylvania In 2011 he was accused of raping a drunk woman after a party In response he posted a status to Facebook offering a $500 bounty for anyone who brought him the woman’s head In a later post, he claimed that he needed the woman “knocked off right now” Going undercover on the website, a local detective posed as an assassin, and Facebook messaged Adams offering to meet up

Although they never met, the detective had enough evidence from the Facebook posts and a secret recording of Adams to arrest him Corey was charged with rape and solicitation to commit murder He’s currently serving an 11 to 22 year sentence All because of a Facebook post 7 Keri McMullen Let’s be honest, not everyone on your Facebook is actually your “friend”

And no, we’re not talking about how you still follow your ex so you can periodically check if she got fat We’re talking about how criminals will sometimes seek people out on Facebook Take the case of Keri McMullen, who added a Shaun South on Facebook without making sure who he was Who he actually turned out to be was a burglar waiting until he knew Keri was out of the house to strike On the 20th of March 2010, Keri posted that she was out seeing a band

That night Shaun and his friend Kyle Bieber broke into her house and stole $10,000 worth of electronics But just as Facebook allowed South to target the house, it also led to his capture After seeing some CCTV photos of the burglars, Keri recognised her Facebook friend and the police were able to ID the thief Arrest warrants were released for Beiber and South, with South getting caught and jailed in October 2017 6 Philadelphia hate crime On September 11th 2014, two gay people in Philadelphia found themselves on the receiving end of a horrendous hate crime

The couple were attacked while walking down the street, when a group of men and women confronted them and started to attack Beaten to the ground, one of the men suffered several bone fractures The other went to hospital, where his jaw had to be wired shut That’s obviously not the most uplifting story to read But there is good news

After the attack occurred, the police released some blurry CCTV shots of the attack to the public That’s where a Twitter user known only as Plymouth Ock decided to hunt the criminals down Checking local Facebook activity, Ock found that many of the group had tagged themselves at a nearby restaurant hours earlier Not only that, but one of the gang had been posting homophobic remarks Police used the information to successfully charge three group members, one of whom turned out to be the local Chief of Police’s daughter

The three pleaded guilty, and managed to avoid jail with 5 year suspended sentences 5 Melvin Colon We’ve already seen how not everyone you friend on Facebook is really your friend But now it seems even some of your real friends will use the website against you In 2012, legal history was made when gang member Melvin Colon was sent to jail Why? Because the police had used his friends’ accounts was a way of accessing otherwise private posts that proved he was guilty of racketeering

You see, Melvin was suspected of being a member of a New York gang He’d even posted public photos of himself giving gang signs Police suspected he had posted more damning evidence on Facebook, but that the photos were set to private, and thus visible only to friends So they approached several of Colon’s friends and asked to access their accounts The friends agreed, and the evidence was found to charge Melvin

Colon’s lawyers protested, claiming that the police accessing his private posts was a breach of privacy But the court ruled that any information shared with friends is free for those friends to do with as you wish In other words: nothing’s private if your friends are snitches 4 Carole Cole Facebook may have only come into existence in 2004, when tech genius and World’s Most Powerful Ginger Mark Zuckerberg decided to… ur… borrow the idea off a pair of rowers But the site’s amazing reach has helped users and police forces solve crimes far older than that In October 1980, the 17 year old Carole Cole escaped from juvenile jail in Texas

Disappearing for years, no-one heard from her again until a body that looked like hers turned up in Bossier Parish Louisiana in 1981 The body had been stabbed 7 times, leading the local police to assume that she’d been murdered However, there wasn’t enough evidence to prove that the body was Cole’s, leaving the case of her disappearance unsolved That was until 2015, when the Bossier Parish set up a “Bossier Doe” Facebook page for the missing girl The idea was to raise the profile of the case, and share the information across state borders

And it worked The late girl’s family were able to see the the profile and drive over to identify the body What’s more, their information has allowed the police to label John Chesson, who’s already in jail on unrelated charges, as a person of interest in Carole’s murder 3 Brower Boys You may not have heard of the Brower Boys But between 2011 and 2012 they were a successful criminal gang, responsible for a string of burglaries in and around Brooklyn

The group of 15 to 19 year olds would scale across rooftops and climb up drainpipes in order to break into apartments There they’d steal electronics to sell to bodegas and other dodgy buyers In one case, the gang even tied up a man and woman in their flat, sexually assaulting the female So, how was this crime spree eventually brought to an end? Well Officer Michael Rodriguez, a member of the NYPD’s newly created social media unit, created a fake Facebook account and added several gang members as friends Once on the inside, Rodrigues was able to monitor the teens and their statuses, including several in which the group boasted of their thefts, hinted at their next targets, and even announced when it was: “Break in day”

Knowing when and where the gang were planning to strike, the police were able to set up surveillance devices, recording the members perpetrating the crime With video evidence, the NYPD arrested 14 gang members and convicted them on a combined 102 criminal acts How could the gang be stupid enough to post about their crimes on Facebook? Well, as Brooklyn’s District Attorney said after the arrests: “Burglary is not rocket science” 2 Craig Lynch Escaping from prison is a pretty tricky thing to do So you might think that if you did manage a successful jailbreak, you’d keep your head down and try to avoid getting caught But that wasn’t what Craig Lynch did after fleeing from Hollesley Bay Prison on September 23rd 2009

To be fair, Lynch’s escape wasn’t exactly “daring” He was in an open jail, serving the last few months of a seven year sentence for armed robbery One day he simply decided to walk out of the prison But what his dash for freedom lacked in audacity, his actions while on the run didn’t Lynch created a Facebook page for himself and started mocking the police for failing to capture him

He frequently insulted the police’s incompetence, as well as boasting about the various luxuries he was enjoying on the run: like dining on venison steaks and chilling in a sun bed These posts made Craig into a legit celebrity, with his page reaching 40,000 friends As you might expect, taking jabs at the police using a location-tracking device didn’t work out too well Craig was re-arrested in January 2010 and given another nine years But has that stopped him using Facebook? No

In 2016, Lynch was caught running a Facebook page from his cell, giving advice on how to smuggle contraband into jail 1 Ian Lind One Friday night in March 2014, Hawaii resident Ian Lind came back to his house to find it ransacked The door had been forced open, and over $1,000 worth of valuables had been stolen Though upset at first, Lind quickly remembered that he’d installed hidden security cameras around his house Checking his cloud, Ian found images of the thieves there, and quickly posted them to his Facebook asking for help

The photos went viral, spreading at an unbelievable rate Lind posted the images on a Saturday By the following Monday, they’d already been viewed 76,675 times On the Sunday morning, Ian received a phone call from the thief’s brother The man explained that his brother was a drug addict, and the family didn’t want him to go to jail

But the sibling promised to find and return all the missing goods By Sunday evening, the burglar's brother had dropped off the stolen items at Lind’s house, and the whole matter was sorted without any legal ramifications So, that was 10 Crimes Solved On Facebook Which online offense surprised you the most? Did we leave any great examples of web sleuth-ery off the list? Let us know, in the comments below And if you want more viral mystery solving, be sure to check out 10 Mysteries Solved By Reddit, playing now


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