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posted by n1 on Thursday November 06 2014, @11:58PM   Printer-friendly [Skip to comment(s)]
from the nothing-funny-to-say dept.

NBC News reports that a man wanted in the killing of a woman — and who may have posted photos online of her body on 4chan with details of the crime — is believed to have led police in Portland, Oregon, on a high-speed chase but has now turned himself in. The slain woman was found in an apartment in Port Orchard, Washington. Police are investigating images of a naked woman with red marks around her neck that were shared anonymously on the online forum 4chan. The photos were accompanied by the message: "Turns out it’s way harder to strangle someone to death than it looks on the movies." When other users questioned the authenticity of the pictures, which have now been deleted, a reply 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 Port Orchard Independent was among several local newspapers to quote police officers as saying the images appeared to have been posted before officers were called. Investigators said they were able to trace Kalac's cellphone. About 6:20 a.m. Tuesday, he sent two texts to a friend. According to the affidavit, the first read, "S--- is all f----d now. You'll see me in the news." The second read, "There will be no more me. ever, You'll read about it. That's all."

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday November 07 2014, @01:01AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday November 07 2014, @01:01AM (#113705)

    sees nothing on /b/ or /pol/ just yet

  • (Score: 3, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Friday November 07 2014, @01:18AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday November 07 2014, @01:18AM (#113708)

    Am I the only one who finds it strange that this incident is getting such mass media coverage? Had he simply killed the women it would have received little media attention, but because he posted pictures on the internet it suddenly becomes a much more horrific crime that deserves mass media coverage.

    Personally, I'd say the big issue here is that he killed a woman, however the media appear more focused on his postings on the internet.

    It's a lot like the media's focus on child abuse images on the internet. Personally I'd say the big issue is that children are being abused, and that's what we should be focused on stopping. The fact that there are images of it online is a secondary issue, but to the media it's the online images that are the primary issue.

    I'm not entirely sure where I'm going here, but it just appears to me that the media has a very strange obsession with the internet. The way this is being reported as "A woman was killed and PICTURES WERE POSTED ONLINE!!!!" just doesn't sit right with me.

    • (Score: 1, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Friday November 07 2014, @01:53AM

      by Anonymous Coward on Friday November 07 2014, @01:53AM (#113716)

      Like most deaths people don't want to hear the ambient noise, there are nearly 100 people killed on the roads each day in the USA but you barely hear a peep, but you crash just one experimental spacecraft....

    • (Score: 1, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Friday November 07 2014, @02:05AM

      by Anonymous Coward on Friday November 07 2014, @02:05AM (#113720)

      Corporate synergy at it's finest, you know there's an answer to what you just said. Why doesn't reality act the way it logically should? The answer is that it is, you don't like it, I don't either because of what it says about how there is a vested vortex of stupid that appears to be a natural part of the human condition at the moment.

      We all feel like we want to start monkey pulling pieces off this system, we want a cathartic moment for all this frustration. We aren't just feeling it though, it's a huge system but we are operationally and in a bizarre and uncoordinated fashion doing exactly that to it. Though we all have our private beliefs when enough of us feel there is truth and then there is what we are being fed we adjust and react, but we do it quietly by the millions.

      Have hope, be yourself, and the world will change from our collective efforts. We have never been more organized than now and it is having a massive shock wave effect even if no one is saying it. I think we scare them.

    • (Score: 3, Interesting) by morgauxo on Friday November 07 2014, @02:06AM

      by morgauxo (2082) on Friday November 07 2014, @02:06AM (#113721)

      I do see your point. I can see this one being a bigger headline though.

      The sad fact is that people are killed all the time. It's not really news. Not for a news service that covers an entire nation with a population of over 300 million. I don't mean to downplay the severity of the crime or the loss of the victim and the hurt caused to her family and loved ones. It's just that with so many people out there some are bound to be dangerous and these things will happen. If every victim were devoted this kind of coverage no one would want to pay attention to the news in any form.

      But.. this time something happened that was different. Sure, there will be the "with a computer" crowd that makes a big deal out of everything that is ever done with a computer. But.. even without that this one is notable because it is something different. I don't know about you but I haven't heard of anyone doing this before. That makes it different, diffent makes it interesting and interesting makes it news.

      That being said I hope they keep this guy locked away somewhere so dark that he never gets to know and revel in his own infamy. He should never see the sun again. Along with all the other people that pull this crap.. with or without a computer.

    • (Score: 2, Interesting) by GWRedDragon on Friday November 07 2014, @03:07AM

      by GWRedDragon (3504) on Friday November 07 2014, @03:07AM (#113727)

      Most people live in denial that bad things happen. When there is no personal connection, it is easy to put off reported events as "that can't happen to me." Confronting images of such an event in an unexpected place challenges their worldview. People don't like it when their denial is challenged.

      In reality, murder is unlikely to happen to you, but it is possible. This psychological effect is a part of how the brain deals with low probability events.

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    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday November 07 2014, @02:28PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Friday November 07 2014, @02:28PM (#113809)

      Am I the only one who finds it strange that this incident is getting such mass media coverage? Had he simply killed the women it would have received little media attention, but because he posted pictures on the internet it suddenly becomes a much more horrific crime that deserves mass media coverage.

      It seems perfectly consistent with the world as I understand it.
        A murder they can tell you about? Uninteresting.
        A murder where they can show a draped shape being wheeled out? Run that film.
        A murder where you can actually see a real dead body before coroners or morticians have a chance to clean it up?That footage is far too gruesome for us to show, but it's all over the internet. Don't look at it...we did, and it's awful. But you shouldn't look. It's really disturbing. I'm sure you can find it by google or 4chan. Be careful unless you accidentally see it.

      Same attraction as NASCAR or haunted houses. Same reason "Shocking" stories get more clicks. And knowledge that it's real, rather than staged, only makes it more enticing.

    • (Score: 2) by sjames on Friday November 07 2014, @06:25PM

      by sjames (2882) on Friday November 07 2014, @06:25PM (#113905) Journal

      Part of it may be the added levels of crazy it takes to post snapshots of your own crime with commentary to the net and then engage in conversation about it complete with providing enough information to verify your crime.

  • (Score: 2) by bob_super on Friday November 07 2014, @02:00AM

    by bob_super (1357) on Friday November 07 2014, @02:00AM (#113717)

    Either that guy is really really really really really dumb, or he got framed in an amazing way.
    I'll take the former, but regret that the jail system doesn't castrate idiots, so he can't get a Darwin award...

    • (Score: 2, Informative) by timbim on Friday November 07 2014, @05:26AM

      by timbim (907) on Friday November 07 2014, @05:26AM (#113750)

      Umm, he watched a girl die in his hands as he chocked the life out of her... I don't think the word "dumb" really describes him. More like "monster" or "sociopath" or "piece of shit".

      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday November 07 2014, @10:00AM

        by Anonymous Coward on Friday November 07 2014, @10:00AM (#113771)

        Being dumb and being a sociopath don't exclude each other. Indeed, they are pretty orthogonal concepts. One is a lack of thinking, the other is a lack of empathy.

        Indeed, I'd prefer sociopaths to be dumb. That makes it easier to catch them.

    • (Score: 2) by maxwell demon on Friday November 07 2014, @09:02AM

      by maxwell demon (1608) on Friday November 07 2014, @09:02AM (#113760) Journal

      I don't think they get much sex in jail either (at least not the type that leads to children).

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    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday November 07 2014, @02:07PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Friday November 07 2014, @02:07PM (#113800)

      > castrate idiots

      If you castrate a nutjob, what's left?

    • (Score: 2) by darkfeline on Saturday November 08 2014, @02:28AM

      by darkfeline (1030) on Saturday November 08 2014, @02:28AM (#113971) Homepage

      Why? He let his emotions get the better of him, felt guilty and then turned himself in (at least, from some of the accounts I've read). I'm sure you feel so much smarter than him, because you never did anything stupid before, right? Never did drugs, never drank in college, never drove drunk ("eh, half a beer won't hurt"), never said anything stupid online. Right?

      Of course, there's going to be the person who replies "YOU'RE SYMPATHIZING WITH A CRIMINAL YOU PSYCHOPATH MONSTER", to which I can only say that I feel that he has done something wrong and should be punished, he's human, just like us, and you really shouldn't forget or deny that fact. That psychopath element lies dormant in all of us.

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