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The 10 biggest tech scandals of the decade

“6: The murder of Nina Reiser

“Hans Reiser founded Namesys, developed a pioneering computer
filing system, and was convicted of murdering his wife.

“After Nina Reiser went missing in September 2006, police began
compiling a case against Reiser. During his murder trial, Reiser’s
attorneys tried to use a “geek defense.” Neighbors saw him hosing
down his car’s interior and he also removed his car’s front
passenger seat. Why? Because geeks do odd things, said his
lawyers.

“Reiser was convicted of first-degree murder, but the charge was
reduced when Reiser agreed to reveal the location of his estranged
wife’s remains. For second-degree murder, he was sentenced to 15
years to life.”

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