Facebook Killer Steve Stephens Found Dead In Pennsylvania
The three-day manhunt for Steve Stephens came to end late Tuesday morning.
The man who has been dubbed the Facebook killer after recording himself randomly shooting 74-year-old Robert Godwin in Cleveland and uploading the video to Facebook, was found dead in Erie, Pa.
Stephens’ run from the law came to an end when he stopped at a McDonald’s in the Pennsylvania county. The drive through attendant noticed his white Ford Fusion and as a way to stall Stephens while employees called the cops, told him he would have to wait for his fries.
Not wanting to wait, Stephens drove away, but state police officers were already on to him. A brief car chase ended in Stephens fatally shooting himself.
The owner of the McDonald’s franchise that Stephens went to, Tom Ducharme, said, “I’m just very proud of my staff and how they handled it.”
Early Monday morning an aggravated murder warrant was issued for Stephens’ arrest because police believed he had fled Ohio. They put out a message saying people in states such as Pennsylvania, Michigan, Indiana and New York needed to be on the lookout for Stephens.
It’s not known how long Stephens was in Erie, but Pennsylvania State Police Maj. William Teper Jr., said during a press conference, “He was somewhere over the last several days – whether someone was harboring him, whether he was under a bridge somewhere, we don’t know.”
About 400 tips came into police with tips on possible Stephens sightings. Stephens’ motive for what he called his “Easter day slaughter” was because he “lost everything” to gambling according to his multiple Facebook posts on Sunday.
Godwin is known to be Stephens’ only victim, even though he wrote about killing 12 to 15 people.
What seems odd about Stephens is he worked as a counselor for teens and young adults, but it turns out he was really the one who needed help.