Reiser murder case captivates the public
Hans Reiser was sentenced four months ago for the brutal slaying of his Russian wife Nina, but the national public is still enthralled by his extraordinary case.
On Saturday night, the CBS news magazine program “48 Hours Mystery” aired a show on Reiser’s case, which drew widespread attention.
Reiser, 44, was a gifted and troubled geek who was known as a visionary computer programmer, the owner of Namesys, and the primary developer of the ReiserFS and Reiser4 computer filesystems. He was charged with murder even though his wife Nina’s body wasn’t found after she disappeared on Sept. 3, 2006, following a dispute over custody of their children.
His trial featured numerous strange twists and turns, including Reiser trying to fire his own defense attorney on what seemed a nearly weekly basis.
He spent almost two weeks on the witness stand denying he had anything to do with Nina’s disappearance, but jurors didn’t believe him and convicted him of first-degree murder at the end of his six-month trial.
Reiser faced 25 years to life in state prison for first-degree murder, but on Aug. 29 Alameda County Superior Court Judge Larry Goodman sentenced him to the lesser term of 15 years to life.