Steve Stephens interrupted the religious holiday yesterday to live-stream what he referred to as an “Easter Day Slaughter.” Americans watched in horror as a 74-year-old grandfather walking home from the grocery store was murdered in broad daylight on the sidewalk in Cleveland, Ohio. The motive wasn’t immediately known, but in his post he had mentioned something about his girlfriend. Now, the mystery woman has broken her silcence with a shocking admission as the man she broke up with is still at large.
The 37-year-old killer is out on the loose, armed, dangerous, and on a mission to take strangers’ lives to avenge a breakup he seemingly wasn’t in favor of. The search for Stephens has extended into several surrounding states after police announced a massive manhunt in Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Indiana, and Michigan is underway and won’t cease until the victim’s family gets closure with his capture, the Washington Post reports.
While Stephen’s world becomes increasingly smaller until he’s caught, his ex, Joy Lane, is speaking out but made a surprising statement about this cold blooded killer. Considering that Stephens made his gruesome crime public and the country watched in shock as an innocent man lay in a pool of his own blood, one would think that Lane would have nothing nice to say about her ex. However, in her text message statement to CBS News, it was just the opposite.
“We had been in a relationship for several years. I am sorry that all of this has happened. My heart & prayers goes out to the family members of the victim(s),” Lane messaged the news agency, according to The Shade Room. “Steve really is a nice guy… he is generous with everyone he knows. He was kind and loving to me and my children. This is a very difficult time for me and my family Please respect our privacy at this time.”
Perhaps nobody is in shock more than Lane who responded in this manner as a result. She had been in this relationship for what was reportedly a long time and even had him around her children. All the while a little switch inside Stephens was there, that was set off by the breakup and could have been triggered by anything else along the way. However, since he’s still on the run and Robert Godwin Sr.’s family is mourning the brutal loss of their loved one, it almost feels like an insult to injury to be so complimentary of this psychopath.
In his horrifying live murder video, Stephens is heard saying to Godwin, “She’s the reason that this is about to happen to you,” before pointing a gun at the man and shooting him through the grocery bag Godwin instinctively tried to use as protection. Despite the nice things Lane had to say about Stephens, his opinion of her wasn’t remotely the same as seen in his Facebook posts:
We should not be force fed a flattering description of this murderer in what feels like an attempt to say we should sympathize with him in his post-breakup struggle. He is unstable and a killer, not a “nice guy” since he had this in him all along. That’s probably what his former employer assumed about him too before hiring him at the last place someone like him should have ever been employed — a behavioral health agency. The only nice guy in this scenario is the man Stephens killed.