Now before you read on, I just want everyone to know that I'm not casting judgement on anyone involved in the above story, I'm just using the information from the story (The Haditha story made the cover of Newsweek last week). I'm using it ONLY as an example.
After reading the story, we obviously know that the squad leader is named Frank D. Wuterich and he is from Meriden, CT. We also know he is in the Marines, soooo...if we decided that we wanted to know more about Wuterich, we would start with the most basic search possible. Now, we want to be as general as possible in our search terms but not too general...check this out.
Using the search terms (in Google): Frank+Meriden+Marine+Myspace, we get a good number of results.
His wife has an interesting quote in her bio:
"I am a mom of two beautiful girls ... and although it may sound corny I married the man of my dreams. Frank is an amazing husband and an awesome and wonderful father. He is also our hero as he returned home, this April from an HONORABLE tour of duty in Iraq..."
I'm guessing the capitalized HONORABLE is a not so subtle message to those that stumble upon her page that Wuterich is innocent of any wrong doing. After reading the many news stories myself, I'm hoping for their families sake that she's right.
Note: I'm hoping everyone understands that I'm not walking them through an entire background investigation. This just opens more doors for you to examine. Myspace pages can be as simple as a name with no photographs to complete photo albums of families, work, and school history, and even their close friends.
It's obviously not the ultimate tool for an investigator but it should greatly supplement existing resources for defense investigators that will ultimately benefit the people that matter the most...our clients!