Aleksandr Kolpakov, aged 29, is a Youtuber who runs a popular channel called The Skeptic Feminist. He is now facing charges in Colorado for killing his female co-host.
According to the District Attorney’s office, his charge is now being bumped up from second degree murder to first-degree murder for shooting Heather Anable in the face.
Anable had multiple gunshot wounds to her neck and chest. She was found on the side walk in front of her home. There are witness statements that say both Kolpakov and Anable were together moments before her being shot.
Kolpakov was questioned by the police shortly after the incident and he made crazy statements regarding him being poisoned and there being a conspiracy.
Before the shooting incident, a neighbor called 911 after the time of the shooting to report that Kolpakov was acting erratically and that he was running around naked.
They tried to calm him down and give him clothes, when they called Anable to help get him calmed down. It was while she was helping him that she was shot.
From Heat Street:
Other witnesses who called 911 to report the shooting say that they heard multiple shots. “One reporting party stated he heard a female screaming, ‘I can’t believe,’ and then heard three gunshots,” read the unsealed affidavit. “He then heard a male saying, ‘You’re a monster,’ followed by two more shots while he was on the phone with 911.”
Deputies who arrived on the scene said that Kolpakov appeared to be under the influence of drugs during the arrest. Their report states: “While on scene, deputies were approached by a male [Kolpakov] who was talking nonsensically. He told deputies about rats, poison, a conspiracy and something to the effect of, ‘I had to put my sweet Heather down.’”
Mesa County investigators are now requesting that his blood be tested for the presence of drugs. Police discovered a semi-automatic handgun next to Anable’s lifeless body at the scene, which they believe to be the weapon used in the shooting.
Kolpakov, who is also known as “Russian Deadpool” in the YouTube community, teaches self-defense classes and claimed on his website and social media that he served as a sergeant in the U.S. Army. Following claims by Kolpakov’s fans that he may have been suffering from PTSD, the Army wrote in a statement that Kolpakov only served in the Virginia National Guard from 2006 to 2008 and that his highest rank was private E-2, meaning he only passed basic combat training. He lied about his military service record to the public by claiming to be a sergeant.
The Skeptic Feminist is a YouTube channel that was operated by Kolpakov and Anable. As a member of YouTube’s skeptic community, Kolpakov—who self-identified as a male feminist ally—often spoke about feminism from a “skeptic,” or atheist angle. He wasn’t skeptical about feminism.