Digital Forensics In Real Life

Digital Forensics In Real Life

Join investigators, examiners, and prosecutors as they share the riveting cases that helped define their careers and how digital forensics played a pivotal part in the investigation. A true crime podcast from Magnet Forensics.


October 4, 2022 42 min

The eBay Swindler is a fraud case, with tens of thousands of victims and millions of dollars in damages from a criminal using automated tools to rip people off at scale. This case involves man hunts in the real and digital worlds, a ton of digital evidence, and a pretty hilarious arrest.

Our guest today is Keith Swanson, a digital forensic investigator with 22 years of experience in law enforcement and a long career in the private ...

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Larry McClain is back by popular demand. You may remember Larry from our first ever episode of DFIRL “Murder in St. Louis - The Remarkable Case of Pam Hupp”. Today, he’s here to discuss his work on another tragic case, the murder of Dorothy Hall by her ex-boyfriend, Terry Culberson.

What is interesting about this story is how well it demonstrates one of the biggest strengths that digital evidence has over other kinds of evidence; t...

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June 15, 2022 31 min

This is the case of baby Eloise, a story about a man found guilty of murder after violently abusing his girlfriend’s 17-month old girl. Please be advised that there are horrific details provided about this case and listener discretion is advised.  

This case shows the importance of interplay between digital gathering and old-school detective work. The lead detective establishes a timeline using classic interview techniques and the ...

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Part two of our two-part episode, the murder of Mary Yoder. Yoder was a chiropractor in Buffalo N.Y. who was poisoned by Colchicine, and our guest -- Tony Martino -- was the digital forensic investigator who worked through the case.


As a 20-year veteran of the Utica, N.Y., Police Department, Tony Martino is an expert in cybersecurity, computer crime investigation and digital forensics. He's a recipient of the Wallie Howard Jr...

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Part one of a two-part episode, with a case that involved so many truckloads of evidence we couldn’t pack it all into one podcast. It involved two trials, three main suspects, and hours of forensic analysis by our guest and his team.

This case is about the murder of Mary Yoder, a chiropractor in Buffalo N.Y. who was poisoned by Colchicine, a deadly substance that has agricultural and medical uses. Our guest today is Tony Martino, t...

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Bill Odom, Co-Founder of Orbital Data Consulting, tells the story of how his team used computer forensics to track down a missing 15 year-old who ran away from his family on a trip to Texas from Mexico. Learn how powerful tools and clever forensic techniques uncovered the truth about the missing boy.

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Mitch Kajzer, Director of the Cyber Crimes Unit for the Office of the Prosecuting Attorney in St. Joseph County, Indiana, tells us about the case of Ann, a nine-year-old girl who was sexually abused by her teacher, Timothy James Wyllie. Mitch is an absolute force of nature; when everyone around him was doubting his ability to work on this case, his conviction – and his belief in Ann and her story – carried him through. Listen now t...

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Detective Doug Estes discusses the senseless murder of Laramie Cline, a 23-year-old woman who was killed by her then-boyfriend David Houston-Harvey between August 10th and 11th, 2017 in Colorado.

This case shows how digital evidence can help investigators understand not just who committed a crime, but in what jurisdiction that crime happened.

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Introducing Digital Forensics in Real Life, a brand new true crime podcast from Magnet Forensics about cases solved with the help of digital evidence.

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Detective Chad Gish, a 22-year veteran of the Metro Nashville Police Department, tells the story of his crucial role in solving the tragic case of Tiffany Ferguson, a 22-year-old ICU nurse who was brutally murdered in her Nashville apartment on February 28th, 2017. The truth of this case is that a man with no home, job or cellphone service still produced a vast digital footprint for forensic examiners to explore. 

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Detective Larry McClain tells the story of Pam Hupp, a complicated case out of St. Louis, Missouri, that involves at least two murders, three court trials, and as many twists and turns as a Hollywood movie.

The real star of this case is digital evidence, as the data that Detective McClain was able to pull from Pam’s cellphone was essential in uncovering the truth and bringing the killer to justice. 

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