The killer of 74-year old Cleveland man is still elusive. Despite the nationwide manhunt, Steve W. Stephens who killed Robert Godwin Sr in broad day light is still out somewhere, far away from the long hands of the law. The macabre killing of the old man who is father of 9 children and granddaddy of 16 kids and the fashion in which the entire incident was videotaped by the heartless killer has shocked the whole nation.
The killing looked to be so ‘easy’ for this scum that he continued smiling through the whole incident and then had the courage to put it on Facebook. It took several hours before the Facebook could take out the long and rather detailed footage. It is still available on Youtube and you can watch it here.
Was not on Facebook Live
The Cleveland killing was among the most dreadful by not just the way it was done, but also due to the fact that the killer had the courage to videotape the entire incident and put it on Facebook. Initially many people called it Facebook live murder, but later it was realized that the killer didn’t use the Facebook Live feature and instead put the video when the killing and his monotonous rant was over.
$50,000 offer on info leading to him
In the meantime authorities suggest that the manhunt to nab him that was initially limited to Ohio has been extended to five states before expanding into a national search. By afternoon, authorities were offering up to $50,000 for information leading to his arrest.
While speaking at a press conference, Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams pleaded the killer to submit. “Steve, if you’re out there listening, call someone — whether it’s a friend or family member or pastor — give them a call; they’re waiting for you to call them,” said he.
Killing from point blank range
Before he killed the old man from point blank range and without any provocation, he can be heard a long and monotonous dialogue. “I’m about to kill this guy right here. He’s an old dude,” Stephens said as he approached Robert Godwin Sr.
Just before he killed the man, Stephen asked him, “Can you do me a favor?” then he asked him to pronounce “Joy Lane.” “Joy Lane?” Godwin responded. “Yeah,” Stephens replied. “She’s the reason why this is about to happen to you.”
He can also be heard asking the old man as to how old he was, raise a gun and pull the trigger. The camera spun around; when the picture came into focus, Godwin was on the ground.
Smartphone pinged off a tower in Pennsylvania
In the meantime a report by the CNN said that the alleged killer’s smartphone pinged off a tower in Erie, Pennsylvania, but police there say they have no knowledge of the ping. PA State Police “are not able to confirm if Stephens cell phone was pinged in the area or if he is in the area at all,” reported MyErie.com. The news site said reports claimed that Stephens’ cell phone pinged in eastern Erie.
The CNN report went on to add, “Though Pennsylvania authorities said early Monday that Stephens’ cellphone had issued a ‘ping,’ or a signal, in Erie, Pennsylvania, the Erie Police Department said Monday afternoon it had no knowledge of a ping emitted from its city. Erie is about 100 miles east of Cleveland.”