by Neil Barrett
Category: True Stories / True Crime
Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
Publication date: 1 February 2005
Number of pages: 384
'The view swung easily and smoothly, showing that the front door hadn't been forced, showing the scuffing of the carpet, the first flecks of blood at the top of the stairs. It shifted to a child's bedroom, lingering for a moment on stuffed toys before moving on. Then, an unseen hand must have pushed open the master-bedroom door. Her blood had soaked the bed brown-black. Not a pool, but a complete colour dip for the crumpled sheets and bedding on which the woman had been left, face-down...The police had twenty-four hours in which to interview the suspect and establish a good reason, if one existed, to charge him with the murder. The interviews make fascinating reading, as the officers grow increasingly frustrated at his obstinacy and at the near-perfect quality of his alibi. Then the police realize that there is a source of potentially new and interesting evidence available to them: a computer that has been seized from the suspect's house...'
Neil Barrett studied mathematics and computer science at Nottingham University, where he also completed a Ph.D. He became the UK's youngest lecturer following his appointment at York University in 1985. He currently works as the Technical Director at IRM, where he is responsible for development of security policies and contingency plans, penetration testing and forensic analysis. In addition he has recently been appointed Professor of Computer Criminology at the Royal Military College of Science, Cranfield University. He has appeared as an expert witness in a number of court cases, and has advised lawyers and police forces throughout the UK on computer crime.
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