SnapMail and the disappearance of Willie Maughan

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SnapMail and the disappearance of Willie Maughan

A couple made a desperate plea for help minutes before they disappeared.  It is believed that Willie Maughan and his girlfriend Anna Varslavane were in the Gormanston area of Co Meath in Ireland when Anna made an urgent phone call to Willie’s mother at 2.57 pm on Tuesday, 14th April 2015.  The couple asked to be picked up.  When family members arrived at the designated meeting place ten minutes later, Willie and Anna were nowhere to be seen.

Willie’s brother, who had answered the call, said he had heard Anna crying for help and clearly distinguished the sound of choking in the background.  Other voices were also audible.  The phone then went dead.

Willie (34) and Anna (21) have not been seen since.

Willie’s father, Joseph Maughan, told the Irish Independent that he believes they were murdered because his son “knew too much” about a gang murder last year.  Gardaí have received reliable intelligence that the couple were murdered by up to five members of a drug gang.  The gang leader is a settled Traveller and prime suspect for another murder.

The gang may have attacked the couple when they realised they were about to leave Gormanston but may not have intended to kill them.  A source close to the gang has claimed that the leader’s elderly mother helped to restrain Anna Varslavane while her son and his cronies attacked William.

Sources claimed that the young woman was beaten over the head with a hammer while she tried to phone for help.

The Maughan family have received information which may help gardaí locate the bodies.

Last week, RTÉ’s ‘CrimeCall’ programme re-enacted the last known movements of the couple and showed CCTV footage of them together.  Joseph Maughan said: “We know that they are both gone and just want them brought back so that we can give them a Christian funeral.”

If the couple had downloaded the SnapMail app on their phones, they would have been able within seconds to take pictures of the criminals at the moment of abduction and send them to their personal SnapMail website accounts.  They would have been able to convince their attackers to release them for fear of being identified on the SnapMail website.

Even if their phones were seized by the criminals the pictures would still have been stored in their personal accounts, to be retrieved by the police later on.

The SnapMail app is FREE to download on your Android or iOS smartphone.  A paid version, called SnapMail Emergency, will also send an SOS text and e-mail to 5 of your Friends when you are in difficulty.

It could save your life.

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SnapMail would have prevented rape of British teenager and killings of British couple in Thailand

A young British backpacker was abducted by motorists on her way to the shops at 1.30am on Tuesday 26th of May 2015 after an evening out partying with her friends.  She left the restaurant where she was having dinner on the Nanachart Road in the Kanchanaburi district, 76 miles left of Bangkok, and decided to walk to the shops on her own when she was accosted by a group of motorists.  The girl, 19, was then attacked and abducted, later to be raped by two men from the gang of motorists.

The abductors also stole her valuables and finally dumped her in a market in the Mueang district.

The victim was visiting the area with a group of tourists and stayed at a well-known local resort.

The two men have confessed to their crime, according to Police Major General Kamolsanti Klanbus, Chief of Kanchanaburi police and the victim is already back home in the UK.

There is a lot of diplomatic secrecy surrounding the incident as it is believed that it is a sensitive issue and could affect the tourism trade in Thailand.

The attack comes just eight months after British backpackers Hannah Witheridge, 23, and David Miller, 24, were murdered on a Thai beach.  The couple had met as they travelled around South East Asia on a holiday of a lifetime and were targeted during a walk on the beach.

Burmese migrants Zaw Lin and Win Zaw Htun, both 21, were arrested two weeks after the semi-naked bodies of the pair were found.

The horrifying killings fuelled tense relations between tourists and the Thai government, after its Prime Minister claimed ‘beautiful’ British girls weren’t safe in bikinis.

Officials estimate 860,000 British tourists travel to Thailand each year, and the Foreign Office has warned of the dangers of the East-Asian country.

A travel warning says British nationals ‘have been victims of vicious, unprovoked attacks by individuals and gangs’.

It adds: ‘Violent sexual assaults and robberies against both men and women are reported regularly.’

In such an atmosphere of violence, uncertainty and crime, it is advisable that British tourists, especially backpackers, use modern technology to counteract any possibility of being abducted, attacked, raped, robbed or even killed.  The SnapMail app, installed free on any Android or iOS smartphone, will within seconds, take a picture of the attacker / criminal and email it to the user as well as saving it on the SnapMail website.  If the user is also subscribed to the SnapMail Emergency service (which he or she is highly recommended to do) then five minutes later, if he or she is unable to do anything else because of further attacks, then their friends will be sent emergency texts and emails with a message to come to their rescue or contact the police.  The victim’s geo-location will also be highlighted.

In the cases mentioned above, the 19-year-old’s abduction early on Tuesday morning and the murder of Hannah and David could have been avoided as the Thai police would have been informed on time and with prior knowledge of the young people’s latest geo-location, would have come to their rescue.  Moreover, the victims could have warned their attackers earlier on about the impact of having their pictures taken and sent to the SnapMail website: this might have deterred them from committing their crimes.

The SnapMail app can be downloaded FREE by clicking here.  It could save your life.


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SnapMail would have saved Sisters beaten up by Scumbags they met on Facebook

Sisters Amy, 21 and Nicole Rice, 19, from Dublin, Ireland suffered an horrendous ordeal at the hands of a couple of Scumbags they had met a few weeks previously on Facebook.  When you read what happened you can see how the SnapMail app could have prevented this happening.

They met the two men, aged 25 and 30, at a bus stop and arrived at the men’s apartment shortly after 7.30pm. Soon after, Amy said, one of the men, started “acting weird”.

“They started to get aggressive and my sister got up to leave…and one of them pulled her hair, pushed her to the ground and started kicking her in the head.”  Amy attempted to intervene to save her younger sister but the other man started to beat her in a frenzied attack.

“They tied us up with rags and put them on our mouths and just kept laughing and laughing as they beat us up,” Amy said.  The sisters said the men asked them to ring “someone with money to pay a ransom” which would set them free.

But when the sisters said they didn’t have any money in their family, they were beaten further.

“Nicole made a run to the corridor outside and fell on the stairs trying to get away and passed out at the bottom.

“They thought she was dead and started ringing people on the phone and saying they needed to dig holes in the Wicklow mountains as they didn’t know what to do with these girls,” Amy said.

Amy said the last thing she remembered was her sister’s lifeless body lying at the bottom of the stairs before she blacked out.

“I was so scared,” said Amy, “I thought we were going to die, I was full sure they were going to kill us.”

“They eventually let us go at about 3pm and said if we went to the guards they would kill us and our family.”

The sisters, who were covered in blood, ran out of the apartment and flagged down a man who was driving by with two children. He brought them straight to hospital.  The sisters believe they may have been drugged on the night of their ordeal.  The sisters suffered severe head injuries. Amy suffered a suspected fractured jaw and Nicole a broken nose.

It could have been so different if they had the SnapMail app on their mobile phones.  One click and they would have had the photo of the two men stored in their private account on the SnapMail website, regardless of whether their phones were stolen or not.

And if they had subscribed to SnapMail Emergency, the premium version of the app, 5 of their Friends would have been notified of their order within 5 minutes of the trouble starting.

Download SnapMail today to prevent something like this happening to you.

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Child Snatchers – The SnapMail App will make you think twice

It is almost certainly every parent’s worst nightmare.  You turn your back for one minute and your child vanishes.  Although child abduction is not actually very common the nature of the crime is so despicable that it receives an inordinate amount of media coverage, not least because some of the higher profile cases are never solved.

We believe the SnapMail App may be able to play a role in the prevention of child abduction, and may also be able to help achieve a speedy resolution in some cases.

Most kids these days, above the age of 6, know how to use a mobile phone.  If they can use a mobile phone, they can use the SnapMail App on a mobile phone – it’s that simple.

If an abducted child can get access to their mobile phone for as little as 3-4 seconds he or she can take a photo of the abductor with a single click on the SnapMail App.  The photo is then automatically sent to a pre-registered e-mail address and it is also uploaded to the SnapMail website.  An abductor cannot delete a photo from the website.

If an abductor realises that his photo has been captured and sent/saved elsewhere, is he really going to continue the abduction?  Almost certainly not.

Even if the child cannot take a photo of the abductor, if (say) he or she was in the boot of the car, any photo the child takes may provide clues to help resolve the crime.  Moreover, all SnapMail photos contain a geo-location feature so a simple snap automatically records where the child is located (and the time), even if nothing can be garnered from the photos.

The SnapMail App is free and can be used in a whole range of scenarios, other than the one presented here.

Download it today – it could save your life.


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SnapMail could save your kid’s life

SnapMail is a mobile phone app which takes a photo and e-mails the photo with a single click.  In addition to e-mailing the photo, it also uploads it to the SnapMail website.

There are many uses for such an app, but one particular use is the area of child security, something that is more important today than even before.

Let’s consider a particularly nasty situation.  Say a 10 year old kid is snatched by someone against their will and driven off somewhere.  A kid in that situation clearly would not be able to make a phone call with a concealed mobile phone for more than a couple of seconds and he/she would definitely not be able to take a photo, attach it to an e-mail, enter an e-mail address and send the e-mail.

But, there is a good chance the kid would be able to take one photograph.  And if the kid could take one photo and have it automatically e-mailed to a guardian, and automatically uploaded to his/her SnapMail account on the website, that could be the difference between life and death.

If a criminal discovered that his photo had been e-mailed, together with a date and time stamp, as well as the geo-location of where the photo was taken, wouldn’t he be less likely to commit the crime.  And, in a worst case scenario, if he did commit the crime, wouldn’t it at least make it somewhat easier to catch him, bring him to justice and prevent him from repeat offending.

Download the free SnapMail app today on iTunes and Google Play.  It could save your kid’s life.