Graham Dwyer Trial: Files on Elaine's computer detailed how to kill people
Information included use of weapons and methods of 'picking a target'
FILES on Elaine O’Hara’s computer contained information on different ways of killing people, including use of weapons and methods of “picking a target,” the Central Criminal Court has heard.
The documents were retrieved from the hard drive of Ms O’Hara’s laptop by gardai investigating her disappearance and death.
The jury in the trial of Graham Dwyer was told of their discovery by Detective Garda Brid Wallace from the computer crime unit.
Mr Dwyer (42), of Kerrymount Close, Foxrock, is pleading not guilty to the murder of Ms O’Hara (36) at Killlakee, Rathfarnham on August 22, 2012.
Ms O’Hara, a childcare assistant from Killiney, was last seen alive near Shanganagh Cemetery in Shankill that day.
Her remains were found by a dog walker in undergrowth in the Dublin mountains on September 13, 2013.
The prosecution maintains Mr Dwyer killed her for his own sexual gratification.
Resuming evidence from yesterday, Det Gda Wallace told Sean Guerin SC, prosecuting, that one of the files found on the computer was an image file put together for her counsellor, called “Pictures For Stuart.”
This contained pictures of Ms O’Hara and members of her family, was created in July 2010 and last modified in January 2011.
Another file called “Help Me Learn” was a jpeg, or image file and Det Gda Wallace said she was aware that this was the profile name Ms O’Hara had used on the Alt.com adult website.
The image was of a “long-haired and bearded male.”
The date of the file was September 1, 2010 and it was last accessed on August 18, 2012.
Det Gda Wallace agreed that this was the date a lot of the files were last accessed.
In the Downloads folder, in a subfolder entitled “Read This,” three PDF-type documents were found.
The first was “21 techniques.pdf”.
“It appears to be a publication or book called 21 Techniques for silent killing,” Mr Guerin said, adding that it was by a Master Hei Long.
It had four chapters titled “Manual Weapons”, “Spike”, “Knife” and “Nunchaku”.
There was another document in the same folder called “Hidden Weapons.pdf”.
This was a 35-page document or booklet with accounts of various weapons listed in the contents.
Another document was called “Murder Inc the book.pdf” by “Jack the Rippa”. This had 62 pages and the table of contents included “Chapter1: The Mark”, “Chapter 2: Unarmed kills”, “Chapter 3: Edged and piercing kills”, and another chapter entitled “Gun kills.”
Mr Guerin said this went on to identify “a number of different ways of killing people and identifies methods for picking a target and various ways to kill people.”
Det Gda Wallace agreed.
The last access to this document was August 18, 2012.
Det Sgt Wallace agreed that a file on the desktop called “SpecialEd2” had been created and in it was a file called dyslexiaandreading.doc, which contained a four-page essay or assignment on reading and dyslexia with children who have difficulty reading skills.
The court heard the file was created and modified on November 29, 2011, and the name of the author in the last modified record was “adwejchert”.
“That would be the profile name of the person who was logged on to the computer,” she told the court.
The detective also examined communication sent to and from Ms O’Hara through Yahoo messenger, which she said allows real-time chat between users who had downloaded the software and created a profile.
Ms O’Hara’s profile name was “Bound” and her email was email@example.com, which she used when in contact with three other profile users between September 15 and November 4, 2010.
The court heard Ms O’Hara was first in contact with a man named Deepak, and they had two chat sessions on the evenings of September 15 and 18, 2010.
Det Sgt Wallace agreed with Mr Guerin that the man had indicated he had uploaded a picture of himself to Alt.com, but a face was not in it
Ms O’Hara indicated she had been on that side and there was also a discussion about another adult site, collarme.com.
“I didn’t find any indication to say Ms O’Hara had logged on to that,” Det Sgt Wallace said.
The pair discussed sexual and bondage activity in the chat messages, personal information about work, and how Ms O’Hara was looking for a mask.
Mr Guerin said the second profile Ms O’Hara was in touch with was Kurt Ronnkuist, who he said had already given evidence in court.
They chatted on the night of September 21, 2010 and discussed meeting up and discussed using a sleeping bag or duvet as a form of punishment, Mr Guerin said.
They chatted again two nights later and discussed BDSM activity and meeting neat Grafton Street the following Saturday afternoon.
A third communication, on September 25, was “mostly about the question of interior decoration of Ms O’Hara’s apartment” and did not include sexual or BDSM contact, he said.
The court heard the third set of chat messages were from a man who said he was a solicitor and used the email firstname.lastname@example.org, and the profile name MasterWilliam.
In the first message, on October 4, 2010, he sent an image and “indicated what he expects from a slave”, including a list of things he’d like her to do if they met, Mr Guerin said.
“There was a discussion about meeting in Dundrum the following week but that conversation ends without arrangement to meet,” he added.
In their online chat, Ms O’Hara asked “MasterWilliam” what he did for a living and he replied that he was a solicitor. It appeared from the conversation that she had sent him an image of herself.
There was then a discussion about meeting in Dundrum the following week but arrangements were not made and they agreed to talk about it again.
There were also text messages or excerpts of text messages with a person called William in late June, 2011.
This indicated that the other person had been away and there was a discussion about whether he had been back or not.
There was a discussion about “meeting again” which suggested that they had met previously. There was another discussion about meeting later in July but it was not clear whether they actually did or not.
There was subsequent communication with someone called William but on this occasion, a different phone number was used.
There was a discussion in late October 2011 about the weather and Dundrum Shopping Centre having suffered badly because of it.
The conversation was general but there was a reference in a message apparently sent by Ms O’Hara to “her master.”
Det Gda Wallace said she filtered internet activity related to Alt.com and found evidence that Ms O'Hara had been a member of the site with the profile HelpMeLearn. The profile picture was one that had previously been shown to the court, Det Gda Wallace said.
She looked at web page preview images and some of those related to online searches using search engines like Google.
Keyword searches were found for the adult site fetlife.com dating from November 17, 2010, but none for the collarme.com site.
She found traces of chats between Ms O’Hara and profiles on Alt.com. One was “Kinkyswitch38@yahoo.co.uk.”
Ms O’Hara appeared to be addressing the other person as “sir.”
There were trace messages that appeared to show she was trying to send a document to the other person. Trace chats were found with two other names as well, Det Gda Wallace agreed
She then examined email communications related to Ms O’Hara’s email@example.com address.
Mails were found from a website extremerestraints.com which were responses to password requests by Ms O’Hara, as well as confirmation of orders.
“They appeared to be sexually-related paraphernalia she had placed orders for,” Det Gda Wallace told Mr Guerin.
The address was Ardmeen Lodge in Blackrock, one of Ms O’Hara’s previous addresses.
There was also a series of emails to and from the Tall Ships Festival including an update for volunteers.
Det Gda Wallace also examined a blue Compaq computer and was able to identify that Ms O’Hara had visited the Alt.com site using it. She examined web pages visited and the profile name DublinMaster featured as one she had viewed on that computer.
The court heard how Det Sgt Wallace searched two other devices owned by Ms O’Hara, a HP notebook she had when she disappeared and a Dell laptop she had previously given away.
On the notebook, Ms O’Hara was the registered user and it was last shut down on August 24, 2012, when her brother John tried to access it the night she was reported missing.
In the movie file there were videos of how to use the computer or to embroidery, she agreed, while Ms O’Hara’s Alt.com profile image was found in an image file from when she visited the site.
Images saved from Google Maps included some maps of Dublin Mountains, including Cruagh and Killakee Woods, said Mr Guerin.
“It also included reservoirs near Roundwood where some of the items of interest in the investigated were found,” he asked the detective.
“Correct,” she replied, confirming no date or time slots could be found on the images.
A search of the internet browsing history confirmed she had visited Alt.com using the computer and had been in communication with others using the profile name helpmelearn.
The court heard the profile was listed as a “silver member” of the site, and Det Sgt Wallace could view profiles of other people she had viewed, chatted with or added as friends.
There was no evidence of an 083 number, which has formed part of the prosecution’s case, on the notebook, she agreed.
Mr Guerin said there were however diary entries from November 2010 referring to “urge to cut very great” and Ms O’Hara being “angry and tired”.
Det Sgt Wallace said she also examined a dell laptop, which the court told was handed in to gardai by the woman who owned it after Ms O’Hara.
On it there were two profiles “Elaine” and “Alice” and found Ms O’Hara had last logged on March 14, 2010.
The court heard that in a file for images Det Sgt Wallace discovered a portrait of a man, who she identified as the profile as DublinMaster on Alt.com and associated with MasterWilliam.
There also appeared to be images of scars, and of Ms O’Hara in a red hoody in front of curtains with oriental characters, she agreed.
That image was also found in emails in the outbox on an Eircom email account to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ms O’Hara’s profile picture from Alt.com was also retrieved, with an time and date of May 5, 2008.
A search of the internet history revealed she visited “makefriendsonline.com” in and around Nov 2008, around the time of emails to that website, Mr Guerin said.
There was no reference to Alt.com or helpmelearn, however Det Sgt Wallace found references for other profiles identified on Alt.com, the court heard.
“I could see log on attempts with numbers,” she said.
These appeared to be in a digit ID form and were traced back to the profiles “suborslave4you” and “submissive391”.
“Submissive391 profile no image and suborslave4you” had the same image as “helpmelearn,” Mr Guerin said.
“Correct,” Det Sgt Wallace replied.
References on the internet to the “submissive391” profile went back November 2006 and October 2007, she added.
The jury heard Submissive391 viewed a profile name Architect77 on October 25, 26 and 31 in 2007, then again on November 7 and 11 that year.
Another profile SubOrSlaveForYou first appeared on October 29, 2008.
Det Gda Wallace said from the internet history, she was able to identify that Ms O'Hara had viewed a lot of profiles from Alt.com using the computer in question. She was able to identify trace evidence of messages between Ms O'Hara and other people and it was clear that some of those related to sexual and BDSM activity.
Det Sgt Wallace resumed his evidence in the afternoon.
He agreed that Ms O’Hara’s profile had also communication with another profile on Alt.com, architect72.
Mr Guerin said the court will hear evidence in due course that architect72 had the email address email@example.com which was traced to an email being used by Ms O’Hara firstname.lastname@example.org.
One email, dated September 19, 2008, the sender said “I hope you are keeping ok.I’ve assumed you are trying to get better and trying to stay away from what we do together. Just so you know I’m always thinking of you and hoping you are safe and not suffering too much in the inside."
The sender also tells submissive391 that he or she would do what they promised to do “regardless of the consequences” adding that “all you have to do is call me from a phone box and say where and when”.
The author adds that it doesn’t matter if the call is “years away” and “for a chat or the harmless things you liked to do”.
A trace of a partial message from fettishboy was recovered and said: “Hi again, I’m heading down the country for the weekend, have a good one yourself, If you are ... “.
“It’s the initial part of a message that would have been longer,” Det Sgt Wallace told the court.
Another, from November 1, 2007, included referenced to “fettish boy”, “cutting myself” and a punishment with master’s scalpel.
The email referred to a “punishment.avi” file.
“.avi would indicate the file is references as a movie file,” Det Sgt Wallace added.
The court also heard that in a trace of contacts in Ms O’Hara’s eircom.net email account was references to email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com and one in the name of her father.
As Det Gda Wallace continued to give evidence, the jury heard that in a subfolder called “Google local search history” were found searches for “Graham Dwyer architect”, “Wejchert”, and the same name spelled incorrectly.
The court heard Det Gda Wallace had been made aware of printouts of two Buck special knives in January 2014, as well as a location - Ballycourus Road.
She looked for those terms on the computer hard drive and found search hits for them.
She told Mr Guerin she narrowed her search to a 24 hour period on July 11, 2012 and found a search query for a Buck Special 119 knife. The Active Hunting Ireland website was also viewed on that date.
She found two Google Map images for Ballycourus Road and records related to Active Hunting Ireland for a Buck Special 119 knife and another with a coca bola handle.
Det Gda Wallace confirmed there was other browsing activity for images and videos containing the words “Stabbing”, “Death”, “Suicide” and “Mutilation.”
These related to a site called bestgore.com.
In cross-examination, Det Gda Wallce told Remy Farrell SC, defending, that the pornographic and BDSM videos contained logos from specific websites.
These were www.boundheat.com and www.fetishnation.com.
The jury was then shown a series of photographs retrieved from a subfolder entitled “Killing”, depicting dead women, most hanging.
Det Gda Wallace agreed the file names for the photos bore some relation to their contents and it was a fair assumption they had those names on the websites they came from.
The photographs shown to the jury were all created in July 2011 and were last accessed on August 18, 2012.
One was entitled “Raped, murdered Hindu woman found in Bangladesh” and showed a woman hanging.
Another began “Chinese man stabs wife”. Another was a crime scene with a naked victim. One picture showed a naked woman hanging in Mexico.
“What they have in common is they appear to be photographs that have an appearance of having been downloaded from this website, bestgore.com,” Mr Farrell said.
Det Gda Wallace agreed but said she had no knowledge of the site.
She told Mr Farrell she could not say if it was possible to ascertain whether Ms O’Hara was trying to access a particular type of image.
Det Gda Wallace said there had been several different versions of Ms O’Hara’s profile picture on Alt.com. The image had been in existence as far back as May 11, 2008.
Turning to the “outline of slave” document shown to the jury yesterday, Mr Guerin said it appeared to have been written by someone based in the UK who owned a restaurant.
Mr Farrell later led Detective Garda Brid Wallace through several documents retrieved from the Apple Mac, including “mystory.doc” which he described as a fantasy story.
He said an identical copy of one on reading and dyslexia, which the court earlier heard the author in the last modified record was “adwejchert”, was also found on one of Mr Dwyer’s computers.
Mr Farrell asked if this could have been introduced to the laptop by way of an attachment.
To be completely correct I would need to check it, but it would be from an email or USB,” Det Sgt Wallace replied.
Questioning Det Sgt Wallace on Ms O’Hara’s Yahoo messenger account, she said Ms O’Hara appeared to meet at least one of the men she had been in contact with, and discussed meeting a second.
All of the conversations involved BDSM and they addressed each other as master, sir, or slave, she agreed.
Mr Farrell said conversations with Deepak were “fairly detailed” with references to “clamps on genitals” and that sort of thing, with Deepak later giving her instruction to tie herself uo.
“And she appears to be giving a description of having done that,” he said.
Mr Farrell said graphic messages between Ms O’Hara and witness Kurt Ronnkuist, who she told she had been involved with BDSM for two to three years.
The defence barrister also confirmed MasterWilliam, who Ms O’Hara had appeared to have met, was Robert Cullen Jones, who has also given evidence to the trial.
Det Sgt Wallace also told the court there was a similar chat facility via Alt.com.
However, she told the court that when a user switched off a computer the stream of chat was lost.
The trial continues before Mr Justice Tony Hunt and a jury of seven men and five women.