Despite practically disappearing for a long period of time, Facebook murderer Steve Stephens shot himself in the midst of a car chase.
After requesting help from citizens, police received “dozens and dozens” of tips and sightings of the man. Many who knew Stephens even reached out via phones to try and convince him to turn himself in. But after disappearing for more than 24 hours, Police struggled to learn of his new whereabouts.
This is just one more case of the violent crimes on Facebook live. In the past, we’ve seen people ganging up and beating people, suicides, and more. This recent event has the world questioning the massive social media network and how they will monitor its content.
Facebook responded saying that they are working on making sure people using their platform will be safe and, that they are looking into these types of situations. The New York Post reported on vice president Justin Osofsky’s statement saying, “the company was reviewing the procedure that users go through to report videos and other material that violates the social media platform’s standards.”
Facebook live filmed the shooting of 74-year-old Robert Godwin Sr. for two hours before it got shut down. When investigated, the two had no connection. Mr. Godwin was a retired foundry worker, and Stephens worked in a behavior health center – their lives never crossed.
Just after 11 a.m. on Tuesday the 18th, police tracked down the “Facebook killer” to a McDonald’s parking lot in Erie County, Pennsylvania. After chasing Stephens for 2 miles, police utilized a PIT maneuver. State police released the following statement on Facebook:
“Troopers attempted a PIT maneuver to disable Stephens’ vehicle…As the vehicle was spinning out of control from the PIT maneuver, Stephens pulled a pistol and shot himself in the head.”
Fox News reported that Stephens’ mom, Maggie Green, heard that her son died on the radio. She also said that she believed he would kill himself because he visited her before the murder and said goodbye:
“Momma this will be the last time you see me…I just wanted to see you for the last time.”
Mrs. Green stated that Stephens did have a gambling problem, but he was a good person:
“Steve was a good Christian person…he just snapped…he had a gambling problem.”
The case is now closed, and hopefully, Mr. Godwin’s family will have some closure.
Credit: NY Post