A Murder Suspect Actually Asked Siri Where to Hide the Body (Updated: Not Quite)

Answering "I need to hide a body" used to be one of Siri's little jokes. She used to give suggestions. She doesn't anymore. Why? We can't be sure, but it miiight have something to do with an accused murderer who apparently asked the question in earnest.

Florida man Pedro Bravo is accused of murdering his friend Christian Aguilar and burying the body in nearby woods—not one of Siri's suggestions—in September of 2012. And now records from his phone, which were only just presented to the jury at his trial, show he mentioned to Siri "I need to hide my roommate," to which she gave her cheeky but also sorta kinda pretty useful "joke" answer, seen above.

Perhaps even more damningly, the phone's location data also blows up Bravo's alibi, while other data indicates the flashlight was turned on 9 times and used for over 48 minutes on the night in question. It doesn't take a virtual assistant to figure out what that might be all about. [The Independent]

Update: False alarm! More details have come out—including a clarification by the detective involved—and the testimony did not include a statement that Bravo himself asked Siri. The evidence in question was actually a screenshot of Siri's response the statement that was stored in the Facebook app cache, not an actual query made directly to Siri.

It's possible Bravo used it as a reference list of places to start, but equally likely it was just some joke that found its way into his feed at some point. Consider a small part of your faith in humanity restored.