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Helpful Siri assists a Florida murderer and then aids police in his capture

Christian Aguilar's body was hidden in a Florida forest after he was strangled to death in a Walmart parking lot.
Christian Aguilar's body was hidden in a Florida forest after he was strangled to death in a Walmart parking lot.
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If you ask a fan of science fiction, they no doubt have lots to say on the subject of machines rising up and extinguishing humanity. After all, it's a trope as well worn as it is freaking awesome. The simple fact of the matter, however, is that at this given moment, machines want to do nothing more than help people out, no matter what trials they're being forced to endure. This point is driven home by the strange case of Pedro Bravo.

On September 20 of 2012, Bravo, 20, allegedly walked into a Walmart in Gainesville, Florida to get some new music (apparently, it was Kanye West). Afterwards, police alleged that Bravo returned to his SUV in the Walmart parking lot and proceeded to spend the next 13 minutes strangling his roommate, University of Florida student Christian Aguilar. Police assert that the motive for the murder was Bravo's supposed jealousy at discovering that Aguilar was dating Bravo's high school girlfriend.

After murdering his (ex)friend, Bravo was faced with an understandable dilemma. How should he get rid of the fresh corpse. Like so many young people these days, he turned to his smartphone for answers. Alachua county criminal prosecutors have stated that, on the day of the murder, Bravo pulled up his iPhone's Siri app and said, "I need to hide my roommate."

Ever helpful, Siri chirpily responded, "What kind of place are you looking for? Swamps, reservoirs, metal foundries and dumps." Disregarding how creepy it is that Siri has a programmed response for helping murderers get away with the crimes, one must take note of the fact that Apple has created a product that really and truly is motivated to help their customers, no matter what the circumstances.

Siri will give up the info for anyone who presses her button, though, because police are now using both Bravo's plea for advice and the phone's GPS tracker to poke holes in his story. According to Verizon cell phone towers, Bravo was apparently in the general location of Aguilar's body on the day he was murdered. Bravo also used his phone's flashlight during the time police suspect he was hiding his roommate.

Those last two tidbits might strike some as slightly circumstantial, but you have to admit, asking for advice on how to hide your roommate seems pretty damning. Bravo's lawyer is currently fighting to have all the electronic evidence against his client stricken from the record. Probably because it's so devastating to his case.

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