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Silent Messages

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Recently, Steven Hayes was convicted of murder by killing a mother and her two daughters one night. The evidence that they brought to the courtroom against him was undeniable. In the older days, people did not have cellphones, so the only thing that could be traced back to them was the phone number they dialed on their house phone. Now, criminals have cellphones that are easily traceable, whether it be through phone calls or text messages. Hayes must have been outdated in the technological world because anyone in recent generations should know that text messages are one of the easiest things to trace back; it is like leaving a finger print right at the scene of the crime. Not only did he have disturbing text messages in his phone about the violent act, but he also had graphic pictures of the scene. Two of the messages that were transmitted from Hayes’ phone were “Dude the horses want to get loose. LOL.” and ‘I’m chomping at the bit to get started. Need a margarita soon.” What scares me the most when I think about this case, is that Steven Hayes and his accomplice could have been anywhere while sending these horrific messages about rapping and killing three innocent people. Hayes could have been at the grocery store surrounded by oblivious people, and while all of this preparation for a  murder was going on, no one who passed him could have possibly known without looking at what he was typing. Before text messaging was created, people had to verbally speak to the person they contacted, so it was easy to hear in a public place what the two were conversing about. Now, text messaging makes a silent conversation that only the person typing can see, which allows people to text anywhere about anything.


Written by britnirosato

September 29, 2010 at 6:20 pm

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