Should anything be done about 4chan

November 6, 2014

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Good morning:

I support net neutrality and free speech, despite having been a victim of internet harassment by false accusation and threats. I am curious to know reader’s reactions and thoughts about what, if anything, should be done about a website like 4chan that has been in the news recently.

David Michael Kalac, 33, was charged yesterday with strangling to death his girlfriend, Amber Lyn Coplin, 30, in Port Orchard, WA. The murder has drawn national attention because he apparently posted photos of his handiwork on 4chan, a website that made the news recently when an anonymous person posted private photographs of naked Hollywood stars obtained by hacking into their accounts on iCloud. The nude photos and the comments about them, together with the on-site flame war that erupted earlier in August that has come to be known as Gamergate, has generated considerable negative publicity about the site.

Wikipedia reports:

Court documents filed on November 5, 2014 say that images posted to 4chan match that of a murder victim whose body was discovered in Port Orchard, Washington after the images were posted. The posts were accompanied by the text: “Turns out it’s way harder to strangle someone to death than it looks on the movies.” A later post said: “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.” The victim was Amber Lynn Coplin, 30. The suspect David Michael Kalac, age 33, surrendered to police in Oregon later the same day. He was charged with second-degree murder involving domestic violence, and was reported to be cooperating with investigators

Michael Daly at the Daily Beast has more information.

The police and the paramedics found the mother beyond saving. Somebody had rifled through her purse and placed her driver’s license beside her head, with a word scribbled across it.

“DEAD.”

More words were written on a picture that hung on a wall.

“She killed me first.”

A third message was on a window blind.

“Bad News.”

Bad news, indeed.

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