Cops Weren't Sure Brutal Video Was Real. It Was - Page 2

Discovery of SD card leads to arrest for woman's murder in Alaska
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 10, 2019 8:26 AM CDT
Updated Oct 13, 2019 7:33 AM CDT

  • Body found: Two days after the video was turned in, police discovered the body of a woman along Seward Highway, per KTUU. She has not been identified, but police believe she is the woman in the video. She has long dark hair and is believed to be a native Alaskan, reports the Washington Post.
  • The suspect: Police have arrested 48-year-old Brian Steven Smith, a native of South Africa who now lives in Anchorage, reports the Anchorage Daily News. Detectives who watched the video were familiar with him from another case, per the AP. They say the distinctive accent of the man in the video matches that of Smith's, and he drives the same kind of pickup seen in the video. Smith remains in custody and is charged with first-degree murder.
  • The killing: Police say it took place during the first week of September in the TownePlace Suites by Marriott in Anchorage. The first images on the SD card—12 videos and 39 photos—have time stamps from the early hours of Sept. 4. At one point, the man can be heard saying, "just ... die" during the assault, according to charging documents. At another point, the man is laughing during the attack, according to the documents.
(Anchorage has been battling a rising murder rate.)

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