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Chilling footage of Stephen McDaniel, who in 2014 pleaded guilty to the murder of Lauren Giddings, shows him remaining eerily still during a police interrogation. You can watch the unsettling interaction below:
The footage, which has been viewed more than four million times on Reddit, spans over a two hour period in which McDaniel barely moves an inch.
Separate interrogators come and go throughout the meeting, though their subject stays bizarrely fixed in one position throughout.
The harrowing circumstances surrounding the murder case received worldwide media attention, after a live interview with McDaniel captured the moment he realised Giddings' body had been discovered.
During the 2011 interview, McDaniel acted as a concerned friend, explained how Lauren was a nice person and revealed that the two had attended the same university, Mercer College in Georgia.
However, his demeanour changed instantly when the reporter informed him that a body had been found in the car park behind the law school.
"We don't know where she is. The only thing we can think of is that maybe she went out running and someone snatched her," he initially told the reporter.
"One of her friends had a key, we went inside and tried to see anything that was amiss. She had a door jam that was sitting right by it, so there was no sign that anyone broke in."
Then, after realising her body has been found by police, McDaniel immediately ended the interview.
"Body?" he said, visibly shocked. "I think I need to sit down."
In 2014, McDaniel was sentenced to life in prison. In a written confession, he explained that he had used a master key to enter Lauren's apartment before attacking her while she slept.
Speaking on the tenth anniversary of her death, Lauren's sister Katlyn said that she was shocked Stephen could do what he did.
"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," she said.
"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."