Internet Becomes Investigative Source In French Hate Murders
French authorities are searching on the Internet, as well as for the usual suspects, in the murder of seven people in hate-inspired killings in southwestern France during this French presidential campaign.
Previous hate killings throughout the world have often been tied to the Internet, in some cases killers even issuing advanced warnings.
Becoming a Twitter trending topic or most viewed clip on YouTube clearly seemed to be part of the equation. After all, the killer was even seen wearing a video camera around his neck.
It would be shocking if he didn’t try to get his personal footage on the Web, even though it could ultimately lead to his arrest.
A surveillance camera captured the shooter filming the crimes.
The killings commenced last week with three French soldiers of North African and Caribbean origin killed and one wounded.
The first victim was shot when responding to a Web sale, offering to sell his scooter.
Last Monday, a rabbi and three students were killed at the Ozar Hatorah Jewish school in the same area, in Toulouse.
President Nicolas Sarkozy ordered guards stationed around all schools, and the military were not to leave their bases in uniform. The country was placed under the scarlet level, the highest under France's Vipipirate alert system.
Ballistic tests indicated the same .45 was used in all the killings, and the killer was believed to be riding a stolen Yamaha motorbike.
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