FBI Turns to Social Media for Cold Cases
If social media can assist criminals in getting smarter, then why would it not be able to help those who fight crime?
The Federal Bureau of Investigation has turned its eyes to social media to help solve a nearly 20-year old case gone cold.
David Parker Ray, who was convicted of sexually torturing his victims, has been known for boasts of having killed others.
Frank Fisher, a spokesman for the FBI, believes that social media will be a great help. The FBI recently posted photographs of a gold medallion, a turquoise rosary and a leather bracelet engraved with “Linda” on their website. In addition, they will be tweeting this as well as posting it on Facebook.
Social media had been pivotal in the capture of gangster James “Whitley” Bulger who was on the FBI’s Most Wanted List. A tipster in Iceland led the FBI to Bulger after seeing the publicity campaign and social media announcements.
Ray died in prison in 2002; it is unknown as to whether his writing of killing and burying 40 victims is true. There have been no bodies found and agents are open to the possibility that these could have been merely fantasized killings.
There are unsolved missing persons cases dating back to the 1990s. Leg bones have recently been discovered near Ray’s home in New Mexico’s Elephant Butte.
As far as Ray is concerned, there are a number of possibilities surrounding the victims that he is claiming. It could be a series of half-truths as it is with most serial killers, or he could be angered at that his plans were thwarted by the fact that he was caught.
The Zodiac’s final mailed letter to the San Francisco Chronicle read: Zodiac (Symbol) 37 and SFPD 0. Zodiac only had 6 confirmed victims and 2 of them survived the attacks. Like Zodiac, Ray could have merely been distracting his villains, in this case anyone who interferes with a serial killer and their kill is essentially a villain.Continued on the next page