Warrant: Man charged after son died in hot SUV did Web search on kids dying in cars

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  • Californian#[email protected] San Francisco, CA
    June 30, 2014 1:25 a.m.

    When someone dies of poisoning, the first thing the investigators want to find out is whether the spouse showed any special fascination with poisons, or complained recently about roaches or rats.

    When Scott Peterson was convicted of murdering his wife Laci and taking her weighted-down body in a boat on San Francisco Bay and dumping her in the Bay, trial evidence included internet searches he had done on used boats for sale, tidal currents in the Bay, and places to launch boats.

    Decades ago, if we wanted to commit a major crime and needed to do extensive research, we had to go to the library in person and use the card catalog, enyclopedias, the Readers' Guide to Periodical Literature, and tons of scholarly journals. It was a lot of work, but at least we didn't leave a trail of breadcrumbs for investigators to follow.

  • A Guy With A Brain Enid, OK
    June 29, 2014 2:18 p.m.

    How in the heck do you have your kid in the back seat, intending to take them to day care, and then 'forget' about them and go to work?

    I doubt it.

    And it just so happens that the dad also looked at web information about how hot it has to be in a vehicle in order to cause a child's death?

    That's even MORE damming information because if the dad were truly concerned enough to look for that specific kind of info, don't you think it would more heavily in the forefront of his mind that "Hey, my kid is NOW in this potentially life threatening situation strapped in his seat in the back of my car." I mean, he's in the very SAME situation that he said he was concerned enough to avoid that he even looked it up online and he just 'forgets'?

    I doubt it....