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Arson Suspects Post Cryptic Messages Online

Investigators don't want to reveal too much of the evidence they have linking the suspects to the arsons.

During a press conference Wednesday afternoon, U.S. Attorney, Alice Martin, said, "These individuals are all presumed innocent until proven guilty or until they plead guilty in federal court."

Through the Internet, we've discovered a window into the lives of the suspects. Like many college students these days, the three suspects had profiles on Facebook.com. Young people commonly correspond through postings on what's called "the wall." One posting a month before the church fires in Bibb County is potentially revealing.

Matthew Cloyd writes to Ben Moseley January 9, 2006:

To my dearest friend Moseley:

The nights have grown long and the interstates of alabama drunk driverless, the state troopers bored, the county sheriffs less weary, and the deer of bibb county fearless. 2006 is here it is time to reconvene the season of evil!  Only one problem stands in our way I got a new cell phone for christmas and I no longer have your number so send it to me and evil shall once again come to pass!

May our girlfriends be concerned about our safety, may our parents be clueless, may our beers be frosty, may our love lives be fruitful, may our weed be green as the freshly mowed grass!

These cryptic messages perplex even the experts. Psychiatrist, David Harwood, responds, "It reads like something written by a young person with existential issues, but beyond that, I can't glean anything from it."

Even though these messages can presumably only be viewed by the network of Cloyd's friends, with the right password and a computer, anyone in the world can gain access. Even after reading the sometimes lewd messages that hint at acting out violently, many questions still remain.

"Again, what is the meaning of this? Everyone has to answer this."

One important thing to point out about Facebook.com: even though it's a college networking site, it's not affiliated with any college or university. Any student can fill out a registration form and use their college email address to get on and become a member.

So far, Facebook.com supports about 882 colleges across the country with nearly four million members.

Reporter: Theo Travers

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