The Rio police managed to extract a conversation from the cell phone of Henry's mother with the help of an Israeli computer program. The phone helped the police to deconstruct the version of the mother, Monique Medeiros, and the stepfather, Dr. Jairinho, that there was a peaceful relationship in the household.
How much of our life passes by our cell phones? Moments, conversations, negotiations, documents, money. Today, it is a window to the world at our fingertips. Everything is there. And behind the scenes of a crime, there is always one of them.
"There is a database inside the cell phone where it stores all messages, photos, videos, everything that has been processed in an app. These databases now contain useful information for the forensics work to answer a certain question", highlights Eduardo Lorens, director of the National Association of Federal Criminal Experts.
This is what happened in the case of Henry's death. A phone helped the police to deconstruct the testimony of the mother, Monique Medeiros, and the stepfather, Dr. Jairinho, that there was a peaceful relationship in the household. Twenty-four days before the boy's death, a revealing dialogue between Monique and the nanny Thayná came up - among 16 conversations screenshots, one phrase was decisive: the nanny tells the boy's mother - "it's always in your room."
The Rio police were able to extract the conversation from Monique's cell phone with the help of an Israeli computer program.
Breaking phones' passwords, getting access to the cloud storage, emails, deleted messages in chat apps are challenges that are renewed every time an update happens on the cell phone. Therefore, experts need to be trained constantly.