Trial Begins With Gruesome Photos In 4Chan Murder Case

David Kalac [Portland Police Bureau]

PORT ORCHARD, WA — Prosecutors have warned jurors in the trial of the 2014 murder of Amber Coplin, mother of five boys, in Port Orchard, Washington, that they will see gruesome evidence that was posted online by her alleged killer.

David Kalac, 35, is accused of first-degree murder and sexual violation of a corpse. Prosecutors allege that he strangled Coplin, 30, at her home and then sexually violated her corpse and took graphic photos to post to 4chan, the anonymous messaging board that has been linked to nude celebrity photo leaks.

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Kitsap County Deputy Prosecutor Jonathan Salamas said Kalac, posting anonymously, wrote: “Turns out its [sic[ way harder to strangle someone to death than it looks on the movies.” He also posted another comment, saying, “She fought so Damn hard.”

Prosecutors say after Coplin’s murder, Kalac bit her corpse and used a Sharpie to draw arrows pointing at the teeth marks. Salamas said Kalac wrote expletives on his victim’s skin, posed her body to take the photos, and then deliberately left her corpse in her bedroom so that her 13-year-old son would find her.

The aftermath of the horrific crime played out on social media. When the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office secured an arrest warrant for Kalac, the affidavit for probable cause noted that the 4Chan photos matched other online photos of the victim, and the residence. Investigators were reportedly able to match two of Coplin’s distinctive tattoos that were visible in both the photos and on the body to a family photo that appeared on Facebook.

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Kalac’s defense will not focus on innocence, according to his defense team, but on his alcohol addiction. His attorney, Nick Kiewik, said that Kalac regularly drank half a gallon of vodka per day. Kiewik claimed that the alcohol abuse meant his client was mentally incapable of premeditating first-degree murder.

Prosecutors have said that they will call the founder of 4chan, Chris Poole, who now works for Google, as a witness.

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