Hans Reiser: A Creep but not a Murderer?

by on April 19, 2008 · 5 comments

Threat Level has been providing gavel-to-gavel coverage of the murder trial of Linux developer Hans Reiser, who is accused of killing his wife. His defense attorney’s argument is that Reiser is an jerk, but being an jerk doesn’t make you a murderer:

Hans and Nina met in 1998, in Russia, when he was overseas hiring programmers. He picked her out of a mail-order bride catalog, where she was advertised as “5279 Nina.” They married the following year after she became pregnant with their first of two children.

DuBois, as he displayed for jurors Nina Reiser’s bride advertisement, said she moved to divorce him five years later, just as she became a U.S. citizen.

“She had an ulterior motive to marry Hans,” DuBois said.

“It couldn’t have been out of love that she married Hans Reiser,” DuBois said. “I can’t see anybody loving Hans Reiser.”

“He has to be one of the least attractive people you can imagine,” DuBois continued. “And she’s a doll.”

Sounds like a charming guy. I feel really sorry for his two kids.

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