Google search terms can be scary things, at least if you attach them to a murder case. Consider this AFP lede:
A Briton accused of murdering his American wife and baby daughter made an Internet search on 'how to kill with a knife' just six days before their bodies were found...
It's a great line, uncannily linking the innocent search box with vile murder. It might not mean much, actually, next to (say) physical evidence, or the more useful testimony which shows up further down in the less sexy parts of the article. And the two victims were killed by a gun, not a knife. But Google Gothic makes for a keen storyline.
The report follows up on another classic element of cyberfear, deviant sexuality:
Assistant District Attorney Daniel Bennett told the court that records showed the suspect had searched the Internet for female escorts only hours before the murders.
What a juicy tidbit to share with us! Sex and murder, plus search.
Google horror is a growing subgenre of digital fear, developing alongside MySpace Gothic and mobile device horror stories. Previous Infocult posts: real horror of losing data, FOG="Fear Of Google", beware the Google death ray, Googlestalking, Google surveillance story,
Google even uses the horror trope itself (hence the picture above).
(thanks to arch-searcher Sean Collins)