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Hans Reiser Leads Police To Nina's Body 1523

Posted by kdawson
from the removing-all-doubt dept.
jlmcgraw was the first to alert us that Hans Reiser has led police to the location in the Oakland Hills where he buried the body of his wife Nina. (We discussed the rumor that he would do so last month.) SFGate.com reports that remains were recovered but have not yet been identified. Reiser is to be sentenced on Wednesday. CBS5 claims that Reiser made a deal for a reduced sentence, to 15 years, in exchange for revealing the body.
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Hans Reiser Leads Police To Nina's Body

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  • Sad (Score:5, Insightful)

    by stoolpigeon (454276) * <bittercode@gmail> on Monday July 07, 2008 @09:07PM (#24093301) Homepage Journal

    I feel bad for the kids - that is such a messed up situation.

    • Re:Sad (Score:5, Funny)

      by Anonymous Coward on Monday July 07, 2008 @09:17PM (#24093461)

      Hans shot first

    • Re:Sad (Score:5, Funny)

      by SoCalChris (573049) on Monday July 07, 2008 @09:26PM (#24093575) Journal
      Obligatory...

      Comparison of filesystems on Wikipedia [wikipedia.org]
  • Okay there you go (Score:5, Interesting)

    by morgan_greywolf (835522) * on Monday July 07, 2008 @09:07PM (#24093303) Homepage Journal

    All you people who said "I still don't believe Hans did it" -- do you doubt it now?

    • by Anonymous Coward on Monday July 07, 2008 @09:09PM (#24093349)

      Yes.

    • by ergo98 (9391) on Monday July 07, 2008 @09:11PM (#24093369) Homepage Journal

      All you people who said "I still don't believe Hans did it" -- do you doubt it now?

      The guy was persecuted for being a little strange, which is an outrage. Oh, and he also killed his wife.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday July 07, 2008 @09:08PM (#24093317)

    Even after the conviction, given the circumstantial case some doubts remained. This certainly removes all remaining doubts.

    • by Anonymous Coward on Monday July 07, 2008 @09:51PM (#24093939)

      I think the conviction (first degree murder, i.e. preplanned) is still ridiculous. The evidence for preplanning was very weak. Part of it was that Hans bought a book about murder investigations--but he bought it AFTER Nina's disappearance. You'd think someone planning a murder and wanting to foil an investigation would buy the book BEFORE doing the deed. Another part was that he removed his cell phone battery to avoid being tracked--again AFTER the disappearance. I've been neutral about Hans's possible innocence (60% of Wired Magazine readers in a survey thought he was innocent) but I always thought the premeditation charge was ridiculous. If it was preplanned there are a million less crazy ways he could have done it, such as hiring professionals from Russia or at least making better arrangements to get rid of the body far away. I've felt it more plausible that he lost self-control in the heat of an argument, found himself with a dead wife and a potential giant heap of trouble, and then, after the fact, decided (unsuccessfully) to try to outrun/outsmart the police. That would be second degree murder rather than first, if I remember my Perry Mason reruns.

      • by QuantumG (50515) * <qg@biodome.org> on Monday July 07, 2008 @10:16PM (#24094289) Homepage Journal

        Umm no. It was part of the DA's case that Hans moved the body. So he likely bought the book to figure out how best to hide the body.

      • by burris (122191) on Monday July 07, 2008 @10:33PM (#24094495)

        The term in California is "premeditated" and all that means is that the defendant thought about killing their victim and had time to reflect on that before actually killing them. There doesn't need to be a plan for the murder itself but that would provide very solid evidence of premeditation. When you add up a nasty divorce, the delinquent child support payments, the dispute over custody that led to Nina dropping off the kids at his Mothers house on the long weekend when his mother was going to be out of town, the constant stream vitriol towards Nina coming from Hans before Nina's murder and during the trial, the phone call where Hans basically said he was glad Nina was gone, etc... He compared Nina to the Nazis in an e-mail to her. The jury reasonably concluded that he must have thought about killing her at some point during the long divorce.

  • R.I.P. NINA (Score:4, Insightful)

    by gnudutch (235983) on Monday July 07, 2008 @09:09PM (#24093335)

    FINALLY

  • The kids... (Score:5, Insightful)

    by ulash (1266140) on Monday July 07, 2008 @09:16PM (#24093437)

    No matter how much we argue or try to make "programming jokes" about this incident the truth is these kids' mother is dead, their father is going away for a long time and they are going to be the ones bearing one of the heaviest burdens in this particular case.

    • Re:The kids... (Score:5, Insightful)

      by Anonymous Coward on Monday July 07, 2008 @09:38PM (#24093767)

      I think that there are two important points here:
      1) You can always joke about something (and often should).
      2) That joking and laughter doesn't help the kids who are the real victims. (The mother was the victim, but the kids will continue to suffer for a while yet.)

      So I ask this of Slashdot: Should the open-source/tech-community raise some money or do something nice for these kids?

      We don't have any obligation to, but some one from our community has hurt his kids and his kids are suffering. Should we do something to help out? (Scholarships? I nice thing of flowers?)

      I don't know the answer to this, but I think that it is worth some discussion.

  • by deft (253558) on Monday July 07, 2008 @09:36PM (#24093723) Homepage

    all the people from LA.

    last time I saw that sort of hopeful thinking it was kobe and people saying he didnt cheat on his wife. And he did. We all love our heros, dont we?

    Well, heros are usually only good at the one thing they are touted for... im not asking kobe to fix my car for sure.

    With all the smart people around here, why would anyone think that a computer programmer is any less suceptible to violent acts than any other?

    I mean, is it just because computer geeks are well known as the most well adjusted people on the planet? :)

  • by RudeIota (1131331) on Monday July 07, 2008 @09:53PM (#24093967) Homepage
    After his relationship became fragmented Resier rm'oved his wife by forking her to death and packed her tail in a shallow grave he allocated in the dirt near some trees. He was almost unlinked to the case, but he really fsck'd up afterward, because the fool wrote all the details of the murder in his journal!

    After being out-of-order in court, he spilled the encryptic details about where his wife was stored and from there on, the jury knew he was corrupted. Strangely enough, due to his cooperation, officials didn't even have to raid his home...

    You know what though...? inode he was a criminal all along.

    There, I'm glad to have gotten that out of my system.

  • Google Maps anyone? (Score:5, Interesting)

    by nukeade (583009) <serpent11NO@SPAMhotmail.com> on Monday July 07, 2008 @10:10PM (#24094237) Homepage

    From the article, the location where he dumped Nina must be approximately here:

    http://maps.google.com/maps?q=37.833531,-122.182109 [google.com]

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