Feeds

File system killer leads police to wife's bones

Reiser's desperate bid for a reduced sentence

Top three mobile application threats

Convicted murderer and, er, file system whiz Hans Reiser today led police to the buried body of his wife Nina Reiser.

In an apparent bid to reduce his sentence, Reiser agreed to drag police into Redwood Regional Park and disclose the location of his wife's remains. Police found a grave four feet by four feet by four feet filled with bones placed just three blocks from the home Reiser shared with his mother. Reiser apparently went right to the grave located on the side of a hill.

"It was a difficult, emotional trip," Reiser's attorney William Du Bois told a local news station.

During his trial, Reiser maintained his innocence, and his attorneys suggested that Nina might still be alive and living in Europe. But with only two days remaining before sentencing, Reiser agreed to assist authorities, likely hoping for a more lenient sentence.

His first-degree murder conviction could be reduced to a second-degree murder charge. Such a shift would result in a 15 years to life sentence instead of a 25 years to life sentence.

While Reiser's lawyers may have made a deal seeking the reduced charge, a judge will have the ultimate say in Reiser's sentencing. As a result of the recent events, Reiser's sentencing has been postponed indefinitely.

Reiser is a well-known open source programmer who concocted the ReiserFS file system. His murder trial was a regular feature during Silicon Valley news reports throughout his six-month trial.

Police had searched the area where Nina Reiser's body was recovered with cadaver dogs. Volunteers also covered the same ground looking clues as to Reiser's location. ®

Combat fraud and increase customer satisfaction

More from The Register

next story
EU: Let's cost financial traders $400m a day, because EVIL BANKERS. Right?
Wait 'til this one hits your pension fund where it hurts
Systems meltdown plunges US immigration courts into pen-and-paper stone age
Massive outage could last four weeks, sources claim
Lavabit loses contempt of court appeal over protecting Snowden, customers
Judges rule complaints about government power are too little, too late
Don't let no-hire pact suit witnesses call Steve Jobs a bullyboy, plead Apple and Google
'Irrelevant' character evidence should be excluded – lawyers
Record labels sue Pandora over vintage song royalties
Companies want payout on recordings made before 1972
Edward Snowden on his Putin TV appearance: 'Why all the criticism?'
Denies Q&A cameo was meant to slam US, big-up Russia
Ex-Tony Blair adviser is new top boss at UK spy-hive GCHQ
Robert Hannigan to replace Sir Iain Lobban in the autumn
Judge halts spread of zombie Nortel patents to Texas in Google trial
Epic Rockstar patent war to be waged in California
US Supreme Court supremo rakes Aereo lawman in oral arguments
Antenna-array content streamers: 'Ruling against us could dissipate the cloud'
prev story

Whitepapers

Mobile application security study
Download this report to see the alarming realities regarding the sheer number of applications vulnerable to attack, as well as the most common and easily addressable vulnerability errors.
3 Big data security analytics techniques
Applying these Big Data security analytics techniques can help you make your business safer by detecting attacks early, before significant damage is done.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Securing web applications made simple and scalable
In this whitepaper learn how automated security testing can provide a simple and scalable way to protect your web applications.
Combat fraud and increase customer satisfaction
Based on their experience using HP ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager for IT security operations, Finansbank moved to HP ArcSight ESM for fraud management.