THE grieving sister of Delphi ‘Snapchat murders’ victim Libby German has hit back at trolls who have targeted the family in online attacks.
Kelsi German, 22, told The US Sun how the family had to deal with “people spreading hate on social media” over the past five years.
Libby, 14, was found murdered along with her friend Abby Williams, 13, on February 14, 2017 on Indiana’s Delphi Historic Trails.
The case remains unsolved but police announced last December that they were investigating the fake social media profile “anthony_shots” created by Kegan Kline, 27, in connection with the case.
Kline is currently in prison awaiting trial on allegations of child sex abuse, has not been charged with the Delphi murders and has denied any involvement.
Transcripts of a police interview with Kline showed that the Catfish account he created was in contact with Libby on the day she and Abby were killed.
And according to the transcripts, whoever used the anthony_shots account was supposed to meet Libby and Abby on the paths they were killed on.
Libby’s family, who had previously been skeptical of claims that social media played a role in the killings, were deeply shocked.
Speaking to The Sun at CrimeCon 2022 in Las Vegas, Kelsi said: “There have been podcasters and other media outlets who may not be doing their work ethically.
“We had to overcome a lot and learn a lot.
“Now we’ve learned to fight back without fighting back, I think.
“We usually ignore them, we don’t want to get involved in what they want — they want to get your attention and fight back.”
“We have to deal with people hiding behind keyboards to beat up our family,” Kelsi added. “They come with these opinions that aren’t based on fact, they are just what they think you are.
“They think that if your sister was murdered or your brother was murdered or whatever, you couldn’t possibly be a good person.”
However, Kelsi revealed the family tried to turn these attacks into something positive by telling others about their experiences.
She said: “Sometimes we use what they do to educate people and show that the families of murder victims or other crime victims are going through this.
The first attacks were aimed at Kelsi’s grandpa and her uncle, but later the trolls started targeting her when she became “the face of the case”.
Kelsi, who will be graduating from Purdue University with a degree in forensic psychology in two weeks, has been one of her sister and Abby’s biggest advocates since her death.
She was among the last people to see the girls alive, having driven them to the trails where they were killed.
“I think that’s because in a way I’ve become the face of the case,” Kelsi said. “Some people see Abby and Libby and think of Kelsi German because I care so much and so much about them.
“I put myself out there and when I started putting myself out there, we got more trolls and more people after me.”
Kelsi was particularly heavily attacked when she revealed that she had told Libby and Abby to get a jacket or sweatshirt of hers from their car before dropping her off the day before they were found dead.
“Some were like, ‘That’s definitely not Kelsey’s jacket, it goes too well with Abby,'” added Kelsi. “Even though I was shorter in high school, I was taller than Abby, but this jacket fit me.
“We’re still talking about the sweatshirts and jackets, people were like, ‘Kelsi said in this interview she was wearing a jacket, and in this one she told you to get a sweatshirt.’
“They only use your words to hurt you.
“I think they can’t deal with what happened, which I totally understand, but I think they’re doing it the wrong way.”
TROLLS SEE FAMILY AS “BAD PEOPLE”
Kelsi added that she believes the trolls see her and her family as bad people and someone in the family “did it” because that was the “easiest conclusion for them”.
“They don’t want to see that we’re good people,” she said. “You want to think I’m a horrible person who doesn’t know the difference between a jacket and a sweatshirt.
“That’s fine if that’s what you want to believe.
“I know that the people who love and care for me know the truth.”
COPS CALLING FOR HELP
Sometimes it got so bad that the family had to call the police for help.
Kelsi declined to elaborate on what happened due to the ongoing investigation.
However, she said: “Trolls on the internet can look up your phone number, they can look up your address, they can find all this stuff and they always have a way of harassing you.
“These things have happened to us.”
While Kelsi said she had not received any threats, she said other people, including her family, had received such threats.
Kelsi added: “I absolutely think people see this as entertainment.
“I think when you watch a true crime show or a documentary, you don’t necessarily see the people in it as real people.
“That person isn’t in their life, so they don’t see it as a real physical human being.
“At some point they have to realize that we are real people, that we have emotions and feelings and that the things they say affect us in some way.
“I don’t think they realize that, and sometimes it’s easy for them to hide behind the keyboard and say that we’re horrible people, or that we said the wrong thing, or that you’re not anything new learned and changed your mind.
“In reality, over time, new knowledge is added and we learn new things.
“Things change and your stories change because the story keeps evolving, especially while the case is still open, but people just use that against you.”
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