A nukber of hoaxes and conspiracies theories continue to surround Facebook killer Steve Stephens
37-year-old Steve Stephens killed 74-year-old Robert Godwin on Sunday and posted the video to Facebook
The manhunt for Stephens ended when he shot himself following a pursuit in Pennsylvania
YouTube has been flooded with conspiracy theories about the shooting
On Tuesday, the manhunt for Steve Stephens came to an end yesterday after the 37-year-old man killed himself during a short pursuit led by Pennsylvania State Police.
The hunt for Stephens began after he recorded himself shooting and killing 74-year-old Robert Godwin then uploaded the video to Facebook.
After being spotted by Pennsylvania State Police, Stephens led them on a short pursuit. One officer performed a “PIT” maneuver, and as Stephens’ car was spinning out of control, he pulled out a pistol and shot himself. Below are two videos of Stephens Facebook before his death.
Even though the manhunt is over, and Stephens is dead, conspiracy theories and word that the entire incident was a hoax still flood the Web. Here are just some of those conspiracy theories and hoaxes.
Dark White Skin
An image went viral from FOX 8 showing a picture of Stephens and a description. In the image, it described Stephens as having “Dark white skin.”
This was not the original picture that FOX 8 released. After releasing it someone altered it to include the “Dark white skin” quote. FOX 8 addressed the situation from their Twitter account, stating that, “This image has been altered. It did not originate from FOX 8. This is a distraction from us trying to help police locate a murder suspect.”
After the picture had gone viral, RedState released an article titled, “Beware The New Alt-Right Hoax About The Cleveland Shooter.” In the article, RS claimed that the image was altered for the alt-right to “further its agenda.”
YouTube was flooded with different conspiracy videos, some going to great lengths in an attempt to prove Godwin was never shot. One of the more interesting theories behind the shooting comes from YouTube user “Tyrone Tucker.”
Tucker claims that the shooting was actually a Satanic Ritual. In the video, Tucker claims the shooting was to help take away funding from Philadelphia being a sanctuary city.
Of course, Tucker does not have any actual evidence showing how Stephens is linked to removing funds from Philadelphia, but this is one of the more bizarre conspiracy theories surrounding the Sunday shooting.
The YouTube channel “Wise Minds” came up with the theory that Steve Stephens was only a distraction from an upcoming war between America and other countries.
Wise Minds states in the video that he does not want to add to any conspiracy theories and apologizes for anybody that is offended by his videos.
In reality, Wise Minds theories are by far the most logical. It is common practice for mainstream media to use distractions to keep people’s minds off of much larger problems. While Wise Minds has his doubt about the authenticity of the shooting; his overall message is for people to keep their eyes on the bigger picture.
One of the heavier conspiracy theories come from the YouTube channel “1600quickkick.” The video references another video that claims our government is responsible for the shooting.
The video states “Easter Sunday” equals 44 in the English Reduction system. The YouTuber goes on to state that 44 is the kill number, and goes into detail about the meaning of the number 44.
Later it states that the killing was referred to as the “Facebook Homicide.” The Facebook homicide breaks down to the number 107, the same as the word shooting and Joy Lane. The video goes on to talk about the connection between Satan, Saturn, and too many branches to describe in this article. it is an “interesting” watch, to say the least.
The number of conspiracy theories that follow these events have been growing over the years. The problem does not just stem from guys wearing tin foil hats and hanging out in their basements waiting for doomsday.
The problem stems from how many times the American government has been caught lying to the people. This has caused a high level of distrust between the people and the government. That is why these conspiracy videos normally get such high views.
There is a very large audience for these conspiracy theory videos and that audience grows everyday. Some have found posting conspiracy videos to YouTube to be a very lucrative business, which also brings into question how many of these vloggers are coming up with these incredible theories just to get views.