Published: Fri, April 21, 2017
Hi-Tech | By Ellis Neal

Steve Stephens: Chicken McNuggets and fries order led police to 'Facebook killer'

Steve Stephens: Chicken McNuggets and fries order led police to 'Facebook killer'

Police said he was last seen driving a white ford fusion with OH temporary tags E363630. Authorities said Stephens killed Godwin and posted video of the killing on Facebook before fleeing the state, triggering a nationwide manhunt.

Police were able to chase Stevens after the tip came in, eventually stopping his auto using a police maneuver, Officer William Teper Jr. told reporters at a televised news conference. "As the vehicle was spinning out of control from the PIT maneuver, Stephens pulled a pistol and shot himself in the head".

Joy Lane's name became a topic of conversation after Steve Stephens mentioned her during his recorded manifesto before he killed 74-year-old Robert Godwin Sr.

In a video Stephens later streamed on Facebook Live, he said he "snapped" and killed 13 people, saying "I've got a lot of built-in anger and frustration".

America's most wanted man for three days shot himself in the head Tuesday, following a auto chase involving Pennsylvania state police.

The case sparked interest around the world and a $50,000 reward was offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect.

After Godwin complies, Stephens responds: "She's the reason why this is about to happen to you", before fatally shooting his victim through a white plastic bag Godwin held up in a bid to protect himself. Authorities say he shot himself while state police pursued him near a McDonald's restaurant, 100 miles away from the scene of the original crime.

According to reports, Stephens pulled over in his auto and asked the man to say the name Joy Lane.

But much of those 45 hours that Steve Stephens spent as the hunted may never be known....questions like...who helped him?...where did he stay?....and how did he get from Cleveland to Erie undetected?

She said she was "relieved" when she heard about Stephens' death while planning for her father's funeral - which is set for Saturday with the burial at Lake View Cemetery.

"I guess he just gave up", Green said of her son.

Videos Stephens shared show him talking about his despair over gambling debts and trouble with his girlfriend. A few minutes after that, he went live and confessed, the company said.

On Monday, Facebook's vice president of global operations, Justin Osofsky, said they were "reviewing our reporting flows" following the Easter Sunday tragedy.

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