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artsodini-1 After three deaths, all that is left is a stream of videos on YouTube to provide a few scattered footprints that tell authorities what led George Sodini to take those first steps into L.A Fitness before his shooting spree.

George Sodini, 48, fatally shot three women on Tuesday upon entering a L.A Fitness before taking the gun upon himself.  Nobody knows exactly what promoted the shootings, nor what happened in the private gym, but clues left by him and inferences by those “close” to him give some insight into this killer’s mind.

Sodini had been attending weekly self-help meetings taught by Erin Micklow, 20, on how to date women.  When questioned, Micklow, a model and actress,  reported that Sodini was the perfect student and described him as “the most studious in the workshops.”  The workshops were designed to teach men how to “pick women’s brains” and to “know what they were thinking” in order to get a girlfriend. Micklow described the other men as much more “loosened up” by the end of the workshops, but Sodini appeared to be just as anxious and nervous as he was when he started.

After the murder, videos made by Sodini surfaced on the Internet.  Some were made as assignments of the workshops, like tours of his home, and others were of the workshop itself.  Online diaries of Sodini’s revealed that he was hopelessly lonely and desperate for companionship.  He seemed completely void of any glimmer of hope that he would be able to attract a women and was quoted saying, “There is something BLATANTLY wrong with me that NO person will tell me what it is.”  The diaries also detailed his plan to attack women in the gym.

The shooting victims were taken to three local hospitals, where three of the women were pronounced dead. Allegheny County Police Superintendent Charles Moffatt says that police have no knowledge of whether Sodini had mental health issues or not, and are still puzzled by the sudden outbreak of violence stating, “I can’t ever make sense of murders.”

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5012The Maryland Transit Administration may install audio surveillance equipment on its buses and trains to record conversations of passengers and employees, according to a letter sent by the organization to Maryland’s Attorney General’s Office.

The document searches for legal guidance on whether installing this equipment would fall under the jurisdiction of Maryland’s anti-wiretapping law. MTA Administrator Paul J. Wiedefeld noted in the letter that the MTA has already taken the step of using video cameras for security aboard its vehicles and writes, “As part of MTA’s ongoing efforts to deter criminal activity and mitigate other dangerous situations on board its vehicles, Agency management has considered adding audio recording equipment to the video recording technology now in use throughout its fleet.”

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titlemaxAn Atlanta FBI task force has arrested a man suspected in at least three bank robberies in metro Atlanta. David Conn, 30, was arrested on July 14 in Decateur by the FBI-led Atlanta Metropolitan Major Offenders unit, based on investigations by Sandy Springs and Atlanta police. Conn was arrested for a July 1 robbery of a Wachovia bank in North Fulton, the June 25 attempted robbery of a Bank of America in Sandy Springs, and the June 10 robbery of a Wachovia in Atlanta, Sandy Springs spokesman Lt. Steve Rose said.

Sandy Springs and AMMO officers were able to track Conn by a note he used to rob one of the banks which he left at the scene. The note said he had placed a bomb in the building and was demanding money, and when Conn fled, he left the note behind. Because the note had been written on a loan-for-title document from Title Max, investigators were able to form a list of potential subjects through the company, and then were able to identify Conn himself by comparing bank surveillance photos with those of the potential subjects.

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xin_54040207093151554427The Queen of England faced a covert spy detection disaster when her chauffeur gave undercover reporters a tour of her fleet. The royal chauffeur Brian Sirjusingh was bribed with $1,500 by the reporters who posed as middle eastern businessmen.  They were allowed to enter the palace grounds without being checked for weapons or bombs. They also learned the code names of the queen’s cars and security weaknesses of some of the royal coaches. They even learned about the queen’s weekend plans. A good deal of information for anyone who may want to harm her royal highness.

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robberyhambThe safety of a staple of American business is being threatened. As it stands now, fast food restaurants aren’t required to set up security camera equipment. However, robbers use this fact to their advantage and frequently steal from these establishments and now many patrons are afraid to step into these establishments.

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Security cameras caught the craigslist killer in Boston. His friends say that he seemed normal. This brings up the question: How do you really know someone? The perceived notion of anonymity gives comfort to some and fear to others. When one can’t trust their friend or neighbor, how do we give so much trust to strangers?
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Kidnappers are motivated by large sums of money. The thought process being, why even bother taking the risk if the target isn’t worth the trouble. Due to SEC disclosure laws, finding out which executives make the most money is now easier than ever before. Your business, or your family may be at risk. Here are four tips on how to improve security.

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Schools have really amped up their security measures in the past ten years since the Columbine tragedy.

The surprise of the shooting left schools with the motto to never be caught off guard again. It spring boarded the child safety movement with the advance of the school safety research industry, pushing schools to lock doors , install security cameras and mass-notification call systems, and require all staff and visitors to wear ID badges.

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Camera’s are an integral part of today’s society. Whether we want to admit it or not we are always being watched from a security camera or a friend recording. This is not creating the ‘big brother’ society that people fear. Instead, we are moving to a point where life is documented as it is happening. No false histories or second hand accounts. We are able to see the world live.

Events happen in an instant and are done. Hidden cameras allow us to quickly capture these events and keep them in perpetuity. Reporters have embraced this for the search for truth in events. Events can’t be negated when documented on film.

Documentary filmmakers have also made a career of documenting ‘real life’. Some have even gone further with hidden cameras. Recently, filmmaker Rob Spence installed a prosthetic hidden camera eye in order to capture life as we really perceive it.

Now it is getting easier and easier for everyone to be their own news crew. With sites like Youtube we can show our videos to others and invite them to view what we have captured from our world. The integration of cameras everywhere has opened our sights to both the good and the ugly, but allows us to choose which we want to view and how we act in response.

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