McDonald's French Fries Killed Facebook Killer Steve Stephens

Lynne Hanson
April 23, 2017

Responding troopers spotted Stephens leaving the restaurant in Erie and went after him, bumping his vehicle to try to get it to stop, authorities said.

Stephens drove off, leading police on a short chase. "The minute he turned out on Buffalo Road, the state police were right behind him at that point, so he couldn't have gotten more than 100 yards before the police were behind him".

"As the officers approached that vehicle Steve Stephens took his own life", Williams said. He shot and killed himself after his auto spun out and came to a stop.

An expanded version of this report appears on WSJ.com.

Stephens, who cold bloodly killed 74-year-old Robert Goodwin Sr. of Cleveland and broadcast the wrenching footage on Facebook, killed himself after a brief pursuit by police on Tuesday, Pennsylvania State Police said in a tweet.

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"I forgive him because we are all sinners", Robby Miller, Godwin's son, said in an interview with CNN.

After the slaying of Godwin, Lane was placed in protective care while authorities launched a nationwide hunt for Stephens over the course of several days.

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Stephens live-broadcast a video Sunday on Facebook in which he stops Godwin on the street and asked him to say the name Joy Lane - later found to be Stephens' estranged girlfriend. "If you did it, you have to face your crime", she said.

Steve Stephens posted a video of himself shooting and killing a man on Facebook on Sunday. "He should have killed me".

The police chief continued, "There are a lot of things we don't know".

"They don't make men like him anymore", Debbie Godwin said.

WKYC's Jasmine Monroe met with Godwin's family Tuesday afternoon to discuss the news of Stephens' death.

"She's the reason that this is about to happen to you", Stephens told the elderly father of nine in the video.

Facebook has been criticised for being slow to take the posting of the killing.

"The next thing I know, they're approaching the auto".

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