The guy who murdered a 74 year-old Cleveland man and posted the video to Facebook, then took off, was spotted in Pennsylvania this morning. Following a brief police chase, he is now in the process of assuming ambient temperature, as it appears that he shot himself.
Those eastern states are pretty small; the perp made it 100 miles from the scene of the murder before being noticed in the northwestern corner of Pennsylvania. Unbelievably, the 37 year-old perp was a behavioral counselor:
Stephens filed for bankruptcy two years ago despite holding down a job as a counselor helping young people develop job skills and find employment. The behavioral health agency where he worked said an extensive background check before he was hired turned up nothing worrisome.
In one video posted on Facebook, Stephens said that he gambled away everything and that he and his girlfriend had planned to marry but did not, without saying why.
That problem gambling probably had a lot to do with it. I've seen that happen before; little old ladies who rush into an Oregon video lottery place, camp in front of a machine and dump a bunch of money in, then hit the ATM for more cash to feed the beast. It's an amazing thing, and obviously quite addictive.
I've no idea as to what sort of gambling venues they have around Cleveland, but Oregon's become addicted to video machine revenue, mostly it seems from those who can least afford to lose their cash. Of course, back when voters were asked to approve the establishment of Oregon Lottery, they were assured that it would only involve inexpensive scratch-off tickets; never "casino-like" games. It sure didn't take them long to run back on that promise.