Steve Stephens is a strange man. Besides going on a murderous rampage, he was a loser in love and gambling.
The combination of losing his girlfriend and money caused him to commit murder.
Those are some pretty weak reasons to gun down a defenseless man.
This man is disgusting to say the least:
The ruthless killer, who randomly took the life of 74-year-old Robert Godwin had little luck and developed a creepy ‘party trick’ to win the attention of girls in the Cleveland suburb where he grew up.
As a teenager he bought a python and would approach women with his slithering pet around his neck to try and win their attention.
‘It was a slimy thing to do and now he’s just a snake in the grass too,’ said next-door-neighbor Alexis Lee.
Lee, a 34-year-old mother of three, told reporters:
“He didn’t really know how to talk to us ladies.
“The snake was meant to draw my attention and he regularly told me he had a crush on me.
“But he wasn’t my type at all. There was nothing attractive about him. He did have a nice personality though.
“He was great with the kids around here and when he was driving out after seeing his mom he’d stop his car.
“He would tell the kids ‘Stay out of trouble, go to school and don’t be knuckle heads.
“He was good to the kids and he would worry about them crossing the street or getting lost and said’ Hold hands now.
“But he always seemed a bit lost and I’m not surprised that he’s upset about his girlfriend and blaming her for what he’s done.
“I saw him at the casino a couple of times and he would remind me that he always had a crush on me.
“One he asked me to sit next to him at the tables saying “Be my queen… be my lucky charm”. But I wasn’t interested. I just went home.”
This gives me shivers just hearing about it.
Another local woman Charisse Leonard, 28, stated, “I thought he was confused about his sexuality and could even have been gay. I had never known him to have had a girlfriend. But he had a nice nature as did his mother and family. I never saw his dad.”
Theresa Blevins-Odom, 54, saw Stephens two days before the murder.
She said he seemed normal that day.
“He seemed quite normal and said have a nice day.
“I am sorry for him and his mother who is a good woman and who has brought her children up to be good people.
“Everybody goes through some problems in their lives and maybe Steve couldn’t handle it. I still think he’s a good kid.”
He graduated from Myers College business school in 2002 and had found a steady job.
Stephens, worked as case manager at Beech Brook, a behavioral health agency headquartered in Pepper Pike, near Cleveland.
He joined in 2008 and began as a youth mentor for teens and for the past two years as a vocational specialist for the Assertive Community Treatment team, which provides support to older teens and young adults.
He did not have a criminal record and had only been accused of traffic offenses.
But he blew his salary at the tables in the Jack casino, in a former department store in downtown Cleveland, and at one point petitioned for bankruptcy.
He now has a $50,000 price on his head after law enforcement announced reward for information leading to his arrest.
As of right now, he is still at large. Police are considering him to be armed and dangerous.
If you have any information, please call authorities.
The victim’s son, Robert Godwin Jr., said he has not been able to watch the video.
“I haven’t watched the video. I haven’t even looked at my cellphone or the news. I don’t really want to see it.”
He said his father often collected aluminum cans, carrying a shopping bag around to hold them. This is what Godwin believes his father was doing when he was killed.