Jewish World Review
Bogus Web site annoys investigators
KANSAS CITY, Mo., (UPI) What turned out to be a school project to determine how people react to e-mail advertising Wednesday had police annoyed they wasted time investigating it.
Detectives investigating the killing of Ali Kemp were distracted by a Web site created by Joseph Kaiser, a student at Mount San Antonio College in Walnut, Calif.
Kaiser posted a sketch of a suspect in the Kemp killing, along with a made-up story about a 9-year-old boy kidnapped after a July 21 baseball game. The site featured a "Make a Donation" button that people could use to help finance the supposed search for the child.
Two investigators, thinking Kemp's killer could have committed other crimes, spent eight hours looking into the alleged kidnapping.
Kemp was killed June 18 in the pump room of a Leawood, Mo., swimming pool. The suspect was described as a white male in his mid-30s, about 5-foot-8 to 6-feet, heavyset, with short brown hair. He was seen driving away in a tan pickup about 3:15 p.m.
Kemp, 19, was a freshman at Kansas State University. Investigators said she fought her attacker and may have scratched or bruised him.
Kaiser said he set up the site as part of a sociology experiment. He said he sent e-mails to about 50 people and was disappointed at the 4 percent response rate.
Detectives forced Kaiser to dismantle his site Tuesday.
Kaiser, 19, received a C on the project.
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