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11/25/2021

The victim was Amber Lynn Coplin, and after strangling her, Kalac apparently left the body to be discovered by her 13 year old sign while he went to a bar for drinks and conversation before being apprehended. The images posted on popular online message board 4chan show are extremely graphic and show the victim naked and already dead. Kalac is accused of killing Amber Lynn Coplin, 30, after an argument in their apartment. He then posted photographs of her bloody, bruised body and commented about the killing online, said Scott.

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A man arrested Wednesday night for the alleged murder of 30-year-old Amber Coplin in Port Orchard, Washington may have documented the act on a 4chan thread. According to NBC, an affidavit written by deputies in the sheriff's department of Kitsap County states that the crime scene 'matched the deceased female, trauma we observed, and the residence interior' visible in the photos posted to 4chan.

The initial 4chan post first appeared on Tuesday at 2:56pm EST. An image of a naked woman with bruised eyelids and bloody ligature marks around her neck was accompanied by the text, 'Turns out its way harder to strangle someone to death than it looks on the movies.' In a follow-up post with a fuller picture of the woman's body, the user wrote, 'She fought so Damn hard.' A few more posts down, the same user predicted his upcoming news coverage, as well as his exit strategy:

The victim was Amber Lynn Coplin, aged 30. The suspect, 33-year-old David Michael Kalac, surrendered to police in Oregon later the same day; he was charged with second-degree murder involving domestic violence.

Check the news for port orchard Washington in a few hours. Her son will be home from school soon. He'll find her, then call the cops. I just wanted to share the pics before they find me. I bought a bb gun that looks realistic enough. When they come, I'll pull it and it will be suicide by cop. I understand the doubts. Just check the fucking news. I have to lose my phone now.

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The images were posted to 4chan's /b/ board, a place, as Ars wrote in 2011, 'known for child pornography, adult pornography, targeting young kids for harassment, anti-social behavior of all kinds, hate speech, and just about anything else one might imagine.' The other posters' reactions ranged from disbelief ('u w0t m8?') to glib ('tell me about it. Pro tip: tie their hands and feet or you are gonna have a bad time').

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Later that day, at 7pm EST, the Port Orchard Independentwrote of a 'possible homicide' on the '4000 block of Madrona Street. A new 4chan user posted a screenshot of the article in a new thread, with the comment 'OP DELIVERED???? FUCK.'

Inside the house, according to the affidavit, Coplin lay next to her own driver's license, which had 'the word 'dead' scrawled over it.' The words 'she killed me first' had been written on the bedroom wall, and 'bad news' was written on the room's window blinds. One of the suspects was David Kalac, the 33-year old live-in boyfriend of Coplin.

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Kalac's car was spotted in Portland early Wednesday. After he resisted a traffic stop, officers chased him briefly, but he escaped. Kalac turned himself in around 9pm local time on Wednesday in Wilsonville, Oregon.

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According to The Smoking Gun, Coplin's stepmother posted to Facebook, saying, 'Please pray for my family. My step daughter died today. Fml.' Coplin's sister also took to Facebook to accuse Kalac of being responsible for the murder: 'He murdered my baby sister Amber yesterday and took her car...If you see him please call 911.'

While officers have confirmed the likely link between the 4chan posts and the crime scene, Kalac has not yet identified himself as either the murderer or the poster. Now that he has been arrested, Kalac has been charged with second-degree murder and is being held in Portland on $2 million bail.

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In the days since the photos surfaced, some /b/goers have taken the photo's of Coplin's body and face as a gift for making memes. Others on the board, including the original thread, took the events more seriously. Dozens of posts down from the original photos, an anonymous user wrote, 'You guys think you are fucking funny? Posting your epic memes and so dupper funny jokes, A woman was just fucking murdered and the proof is right here and you fuckers only know to act like fucking baboons. Get a fucking life.'

UPDATED 4:50 p.m. ET

Police in Washington state are searching for a man suspected of killing his ex-girlfriend, and are examining graphic photos posted Tuesday on the infamous online community 4chan that purportedly show her body.

The man was identified on Wednesday as 33-year-old David Kalac.

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Washington Murder Suspect David Kalac Possibly in Portland Area http://t.co/dxSwUq052spic.twitter.com/B0RgTVY6pp

— Portland Police (@PortlandPolice) November 5, 2014

Kalac is suspected of killing his ex-girlfriend, Amber Coplin, in her Port Orchard apartment, where she was later found by her 13-year-old son, according to local news reports.

Amber Coplin was murdered. Her 13 yo son found her, called his dad and 911. He's with other relatives now. pic.twitter.com/MmAY4BYj0Z

— Alison Grande (@AlisonKIRO7) November 5, 2014

Kalac is still on the run, and was last seen at around 1:15 a.m. PT on Wednesday in Portland, Oregon. There, local police officers spotted the victim's car, which Kalac had reportedly stolen after fleeing the scene. Police officers went on a high-speed chase after Kalac, but lost him, according to reports.

Hours earlier, an anonymous 4chan user posted to the site photos of what appeared to be a dead woman, and a murder confession.

'Turns out its [sic] way harder to strangle someone to death than it looks in the movies,' the anonymous poster wrote in his or her first message.

The original 4chan post, which appears to have been deleted, was published about 30 minutes before the death was reported, according to Kitsap County Sheriff's Deputy Scott Wilson.

A screenshot of the 4chan post, which contains photos that appear to show a dead woman, was then reposted on Reddit. (Mashable is not linking to the post, which contains graphic imagery; the following screenshot has been redacted.)

In response to other 4chan members' skepticism over whether the photos were legitimate, the anonymous poster provided details of the purported killing.

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'Check the news for Port Orchard Washington in a few hours. Her son will be home from school soon. He'll find her, then call the cops,' the poster wrote. 'I just wanted to share the pics before they find me. I bought a BB gun that looks realistic enough. When they come, I'll pull it and it will be suicide by cop. I understand the doubts. Just check the f*cking news. I have to lose my phone now.'

On Tuesday night, police confirmed that the photos are part of the investigation. However, it's still unclear whether they are authentic.

UPDATE: Social media posts reportedly showing graphic photos of the crime scene ARE part of the investigation at this point.

— Heather Graf (@HeatherGrafK5) November 5, 2014

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Additional reporting by The Associated Press and Jason Abbruzzese