Throughout the local news segment, Stephen McDaniel acts like a distraught neighbor, shocked by the disappearance of an ex-classmate. It turned out he was responsible for her murder.
Hey TNBD Readers, So here’s an old case I just came across from 2011 that I just seen posted on Wordstar of all places and I dove into it a little more on a different site. I found it pretty interesting by the reaction of Stephen at the 1:10 mark. He looks like he’s gonna have a heart attack.
In the early hours of June 26, 2011, Stephen McDaniel broke into the apartment of his downstairs neighbor and fellow Mercer College law school graduate Lauren Giddings, where he murdered her and dismembered her body.
Four days later, when Giddings was reported missing by her friends, a local news channel interviewed McDaniel as a neighbor of Giddings.
After learning that he committed the murder reporters are asking about, this interview takes on a new light. Throughout the interview, McDaniel attempts to put on the image of a distraught neighbor, shocked by the disappearance of an ex-classmate.
However, he seems more concerned about establishing that he did not know what happened to Lauren Giddings and that no witnesses had seen anything, than in actually grieving or worrying about Giddings. He also seems to have a breakdown when the reporter notes that police recovered a body in the parking lot of the building.
Later that day, police searched McDaniel’s room. They say that at this point McDaniel became unhinged, sweating profusely and drinking at least 10 bottles of water.
Soon after, the police recovered Giddings’ torso from one of the building’s dumpsters. Her dismembered limbs and head were likely carried away to the dump, but a police car had parked in front of this particular dumpster, keeping the body in place until it was searched.
In an interrogation, McDaniel did not reveal anything, but came off incredibly odd:
The video looks like it has a million ads but they’re not showing up on my computer, hopefully not yours either.