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Moment Murderer Realises They've Found His Victim's Body On Live TV

Moment Murderer Realises They've Found His Victim's Body On Live TV

In 2011, Stephen McDaniel murdered Lauren Giddings and his reaction to her body being found was caught on live TV.

Dominic Smithers

Dominic Smithers

Chilling footage shows the moment a killer discovered that the body of his victim had been found. Watch below:

In June 2011, Stephen McDaniel sneaked into Lauren Giddings' apartment and murdered her, dismembering her body and disposing of her in a bin.

Several days later, Lauren was reported missing by her friends and family, with Stephen, who lived next door, being interviewed by the media as he helped with the effort to track her down.

During the interview, Stephen spoke about Lauren, saying what a nice person she was and how they had attended the same university, Mercer College in Georgia.

At one point, he even suggested that Lauren may have been snatched while out running, as when he and one of her friends went into her apartment, nothing appeared to be out of place.

However, things took a turn when he suddenly breaks down when the reporter asks him about the suspected body police had discovered in the car park behind the law school.

Stephen McDaniel was interviewed shortly after committing the murder.

Stuttering, a panicked Stephen tells the journalist: "I think I need to sit down."

He eventually comes back quite tearful and jittery, talking about how he hardly saw Lauren because she was doing online classes.

According to reports, having already established Stephen as a person of interest, police searched his apartment.

In footage from his interview with detectives, Stephen came across as being a peculiar character, staying fairly silent and offering monosyllabic answers to the questions.

During a search of his flat, police found packaging for the hacksaw that had been used to dismember Lauren's body along with the master key to the rooms in the building.

Cops also came across some of Lauren's underwear and a number of blog posts Stephen had written about torturing women.

In 2014, Stephen eventually confessed the Lauren's brutal murder and was sentenced to life in prison.

Lauren Giddings was 27 when she was murdered.
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In a written confession, he explained that he had used a master key to enter Lauren's apartment and then subsequently attacked her while she was sleeping.

Stephen appealed his conviction in 2017 but was rejected and is currently serving his sentence at Hancock State prison.

Speaking on the 10th anniversary of her death, Lauren's sister Katlyn said it was shocking and sad that Stephen could do what he did.

She said: "It seemed like she might have been one of the people who was actually nice to him and gave him some attention, even though he might have been a loner.

"There's no story here about telling your kids to lock their car when they get in or don't go to this side of town.

"You know there's no 'she shouldn't have done this and it wouldn't have happened,' because you should always be nice to people, you should always be nice to your neighbours.

"Just because someone looks different doesn't mean they are. But in this case, he just was."

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Topics: Georgia, Investigation, US News, crime, Prison, court