Criminals are always on the lookout for how they can use modern technology to make crime easier and more efficient. Their latest tool is one that we all know and use on a daily basis: the Google search engine. But instead of looking up random facts and links to websites, the criminals use the search engine to research potential kidnapping victims, and if valuable enough, hold them as hostages until a ransom is paid.

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twiiter-superheroFor everyone who said Twitter was useless – we’ve got news for you. Rather than the chatter you sometimes see on the social networking site, this time Twitter was used for some serious good. Twitter was used to tell the world that a missing man wasn’t dead, but was being secretly held hostage in a jail in Afghanistan. 

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quinngray2Kidnap, sexual assault, and ransom. Sounds horrible, but Florida prosecutors contend that one woman cooked up this lethal combination to squeeze $50,000 from her wealthy husband. 37-year-old Quinn Gray has been charged with extortion for planning her own abduction, assault, ransom, and ultimate return. Prosecutors claim that the woman cooked up this action movie inspired plan with her 25-year-old Bosnian immigrant lover who helped her execute the plan.

Quinn Gray went missing on Friday September 4th from her Jacksonville, Florida home. A ransom note was left in her place, written in Quinn’s handwriting that said:

“There are three men holding me right now, and they want $50,000 cash. Stay at the house NO COPS! Keep your cell phone on you. Keep the kids with you. Please do this honey, please!”

But what lead prosecutors to believe that this was actually a scam? Authorities cited that the manager of the hotel where Gray was allegedly held against her will said that she was not “distressed at all.” If that wasn’t enough to make you think twice, police also uncovered a 90-minute audiotape of Gray and Osmanovic’s romp in bedroom and discussing the details of the fake kidnapping.

Her lawyers content that due to her mental illness and substance abuse, she became an easy target for Osmanovic. Quinn’s lawyer told Matt Lauer on the Today show that Gray is a very sick woman, “Her reaction to the kidnapping, it may seem bizarre, but it’s all explained by her mental illness.”  The lawyers contend that the audio tape is  “an audio recording of a woman who has been kidnapped, abducted and being raped.”

Gray’s husband, Reid Gray, is supporting his wife throughout this ordeal, stating “This has been an extraordinarily traumatic experience for me and my entire family. I am deeply concerned over how this incident has, and will continue to, affect our children. I love my family and will do whatever I can to make sure that Quinn receives all of the help and support that she needs.” Osmanovic on the other hand, states that he and Gray had a six-week relationship. Prosecutors are currently investigating these allegations.

(Via MSNBC)

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