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Who is the woman Steve Stephens claims drove him to shooting death on Easter?


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Joy Lane is trending. She’s the ex-girlfriend of Steve Stephens, the Cleveland, Ohio man who killed an elderly stranger and posted the cold-blooded murder on Facebook. Stephens made Robert Godwin, 74, say “Joy Lane” before he assassinated him in broad daylight.

She’s removed her digital footprint. Lane’s social profiles, LinkedIn and Facebook have been removed. Still, she hasn’t disappeared from the minds of those who had the unfortunate opportunity to witness the smartphone video of the murder.


In a reported text to media, Lane says Stephens was a “nice guy.” She wrote to CBS News, “We had been in a relationship for several years. I am sorry that all of this has happened. My heart & prayers goes out to the family members of the victim(s). Steve really is a nice guy…he is generous with everyone he knows. He was kind and loving to me and my children. This is a very difficult time for me and my family Please respect our privacy at this time.”


Lane earned a master of science degree from Case Western Reserve University in social administration/non profit management and received her bachelor’s degree from Cleveland State University in sociology and criminal justice.

On her former LinkedIn page, Lane posted she worked for the past nine months as a clinical supervisor for Murtis Taylor Human Services System, where she provides “guidance and leadership to a community based team of Therapists and CPST workers.”


Stephens worked as a case manager and therapist at Beech Brook for 11 years. Stephens was currently employed at Beech Brook. A spokeswoman for the children’s mental health facility in Cleveland told WOIO-TV, “We are shocked and horrified and we don’t know anything more about it. We hope and pray that he is arrested as soon as possible and we hope and pray for a resolution quickly.”


  1. Mason Youngblood on April 17, 2017 at 9:22 am

    If a woman is making life miserable for you and you don’t have the sense to know that the only thing that separates you from her is the front door then it’s your own damnfault. This elderly man was minded his own business and life..didn’t have sh!t to do with another man’s problems which he failed to solved by just leaving. Now this son-of-b!tchbastard got children, grandchildren (and a nation as far as I’m concerned) grieving over some personal BS that he should have had the balls to handle without violence..especially to somebody elses family…I despise pussass MF’s like this.

  2. SpiceGirl on April 17, 2017 at 9:49 am

    NEVER understood why….if you have a problem….why are you taking it out on other folks?? Like for real…Murk your damn self and leave folks out of it…IMO…I hope they take him alive so that he can live the rest of his life on death row like he wanted to in the first place! Praying for that man and his family…rest easy sir!!

    • D'Rek501 on April 17, 2017 at 11:36 am

      That’s what he wants to be on death row….I say bring this waste of space coward in a body bag and let him take it up with his maker!

      • SpiceGirl on April 17, 2017 at 11:54 am

        I say…take him alive so that he CAN live on death row like he wants!! Death would be TOOOO easy for a coward like him….IMO

      • Alita Wibert on April 17, 2017 at 5:11 pm

        I understand how he feels. I remember once that I was having trouble with a man who made my life miserable. I was having fantasies of taking a machine gun and going into a public place and blowing everyone including myself, up. I get it. I didn’ act on the fantasies, though. I talked to someone about my feelings, and got away from the man instead. I’ve got something else in common with this man too. He’s a caseworker. I was a social worker at the time. I guess I was taking on all those problems of my clients at work, PLUS my own feelings of rejection from the man in my life and my perceptions got warped. It just gets to be too much sometimes. I recognized that I was thinking crazy and I went and talked to someone – another clinical social worker. I knew that If I talked to someone about it, she wouldn’t let me do anything crazy. When you expose the darkness of the soul to the light of another, for help, the darkness eventually ceases to exist. She talked me through it and helped me through it, and I was okay. I tried last night, to call the phone number that the man gave, but I don’t think it was the right number. It was a voicemail with a lady’s voice for a business. I’m so sorry that this man felt that he had to do this. I WISH he had just talked to someone about it first. This would not have happened if he had.

        • 45 cal on April 18, 2017 at 3:05 pm

          “When you expose the darkness of the soul to the light of another, for help, the darkness eventually ceases to exist. ”
          With God’s help that is possible but all too many times we see that darkness take away the light of others. With His help we can see victory even when the darkness seems to prevail.

        • John Crosby on April 18, 2017 at 8:31 pm


  3. SD Rockswell on April 17, 2017 at 10:21 am

    “lost everything i had due to gambling….” – but blaming everyone else. zero fvcks give for this coward.

  4. Anonymous on April 17, 2017 at 11:56 am

    Dear Steven Stevens, You POS Loser Bastar d! You do not deserve to be living. Whatever Joy Lane did to you, which I suspect is nothing but love you, you did not deserve even a moment of her time. You are a freak and deserve to die. I hope you are reading this. You think you are someone. YOU ARE NOONE. Just save us taxpayers some money and kill yourself. Don’t take anyone else out with you. They don’t deserve to die like you do.

  5. CosmoBeauty on April 17, 2017 at 12:00 pm

    What in the, ” Snapped,” kinda sh!t is this? What’s going on with our black men? Last week Dude in California shoots up schoolchildren & wife, now this black Mofo killing a innocent old man ?? over poosie. WTF, and summer hasn’t even started in Chicago? Smh. Prayers to the family of the slain??.

    • Terry Gibbs on April 17, 2017 at 1:36 pm

      Domestic Violence and Mental Illness doesn’t pick a race

      • J. Sebastian on April 18, 2017 at 2:52 pm

        If its got any genetic component, it certainly does. Race/genetics…same thing really.

      • Ms. on April 22, 2017 at 7:12 pm

        It’s showing up strong in black men, bruh.

        • Sheilah Stover on May 4, 2017 at 2:41 pm

          it used to show up in white men all the time; I guys the black men are the ones that have white blood- mental illness is not a racial disease

  6. Terry Gibbs on April 17, 2017 at 1:36 pm

    So the dude likes to gamble, his cell phone pinged in Erie. I think he’s telling people where he is headed.

  7. CozyVon on April 17, 2017 at 1:38 pm

    REALLY, RollingOut? Posting her pic for everyone to see? Shame on you!

    • Ruth Morais on April 17, 2017 at 9:41 pm

      Exactly, they are putting all of her business out there as if she committed a crime. This is so distasteful.

    • Guest on April 18, 2017 at 10:56 am

      Yeah I don’t understand this. She’s a victim, she didn’t ask for this. Her privacy and identity should be protected.

  8. Jacqueline Perkins on April 17, 2017 at 1:47 pm

    Something is not right about this story it’s not telling what made him go off the deep end when you work or in a relationship you see warning signs and a change in a person

    • Alita Wibert on April 17, 2017 at 5:14 pm

      Amen Jaqueline

    • Sheilah Stover on May 4, 2017 at 2:42 pm

      right I wonder did she finally notice his changes and wanted to call it quits

  9. 45 cal on April 17, 2017 at 2:01 pm

    Never mind his issue with the woman. He is Muslim and has admitted to killing 12 other people.

    • Sandra Martinez on April 18, 2017 at 5:01 am

      You bringing up he is a muslim is pointless. There are many many muslims in america who do not kill and would not kill people because its a sin.
      You saying he killed people bevause he is a muslim is the same as saying all white people are serial killers or are going to be serial killers, its the same as saying every white person is rich or a slave owner. Creating such division and spreading hate and creating fear due to 1 mans actions does no good and breeds more violence. Dont point a finger against an entire group of people unless you would like one pointed right backbat you.

      • 45 cal on April 18, 2017 at 10:10 am

        “Pointlless”? I’m certainly not slandering anyone’s religion but what major group is the most threatening to our modern civilization in America? The core of that “religion” is submission or destruction of infidels.
        This man is obviously deranged and a huge danger to society but to ignore obvious contributing influence such as radical “religion” is just condoning madness.

        • peevee on April 18, 2017 at 12:35 pm

          “but what major group is the most threatening to our modern civilization in America?”

          Illegal immigrants from Central America actually.

          • 45 cal on April 18, 2017 at 2:50 pm

            YES and many of those are OTMs from Muslim countries. However most domestic radical Islamic are blacks converted in our prisons.
            Very few illegals to this country are people we would want to give visas or citizenship.

          • J. Sebastian on April 18, 2017 at 2:53 pm

            True, but its all non-Westerners that are a bad influence. Multiculturalism is destructive and evil-minded.

          • Ms. on April 22, 2017 at 7:14 pm

            No it’s actually Europeans and Middle Easterners.

          • peevee on April 24, 2017 at 4:36 pm

            Europeans made this country what it is, and modern European immigrants to the US are the most educated, productive and low crime immigrant group. A whole lot of US Nobel laureates are in fact immigrants from Europe.

            Middle Easterners are insignificant in numbers and so certainly not “the biggest threat”. Illegals from Latin America have already tuned many neighborhoods into crime-infested barrios and many public schools into unsafe low-performing places unsuitable for children of normal people who value their children’s safety and education.

        • Sandra Martinez on April 26, 2017 at 3:23 am

          The so called religion he followed is not a true muslim religion nor are the isil variations.
          He followed whats called The true isrealites (mispelled) church of christ or something like that. Its not a real church its a terrorist group aimed at turning all races against whites saying they are the true lost tribes and the white man is essau. They are on a terrorist watch list. Its a radical, terrorist, racist, hate group.
          Now isil Again they are in no way following the muslim religion because had they been following it no children, no women would be killed. Muslims follow the old testament just fyi. They are at war with us as more of a pay back due to what happend with bush sr. Along with other deals we (our leaders) made with the oil tycoons years before. Many many muslins where butcherd, slaughtered and killed, our leaders where ok with it and even said it would be ok for them to be slaughtered so long as the deal when through. This is why they hate us.

        • Sheilah Stover on May 4, 2017 at 2:44 pm

          you mean other than undercover cops, kkk, skinheads, ms13, just being human

      • n0n0 on April 18, 2017 at 2:48 pm

        Now tell that to the name calling lefties. “But that’s different” is the battle cry of a sociopath.

        The left will be in denial even when the rapist is emptying himself inside one of them. “He’s just troubled”.. No kidding. Leftists are the captain obvious-es and hindsights of the world – they almost never do anything correctly.

        • Ms. on April 22, 2017 at 7:15 pm

          Stop bringing up politics. You all are trolls . Republican trollbag.

        • Sandra Martinez on April 26, 2017 at 3:34 am

          I can go so far with what you said but I know I will be attacked. Please reffer to the cases onvolving pres. elect. Emptying him self into little girls and taking part in the pedo partys thrown/hosted by his friend. Didnt he say it was fun? The feds had enough evidence to try him (while he was running). The whole Hilary defended a rapist (It was defend or be disbared/Fired and loose her lic.) putting her in the hot seatwas a way to keep the attention away from his pending case.
          Get 1 thing straight all rapist and child rapists are all worthless. They all belong In 1 place. That place is prison. They should be chemicaly castrated Child rapists belong 6 feet under. That goes for molesters as well.

      • Ms. on April 22, 2017 at 7:14 pm

        No, she can bring up that he is /was Muslim. They showed Joy Kane’s picture and she had nothing herself to do with this killling so they can out him too as being a Muslim.

        • Sandra Martinez on April 26, 2017 at 3:25 am

          They had no buisness bringing her or her family into this.

    • It doesn't matter on April 18, 2017 at 4:30 pm

      Please stop talking… I am a white women and Muslim. Stop being a stereotypical American by making statements like this along with your other comments. It is clear you are not educated when it comes to the religion and are just looking at numbers while making assumptions. People who are actually educated don’t need statistics to educate them and can see bullshit a mile away.

      • Ms. on April 22, 2017 at 7:16 pm

        It does matter. We know it doesn’t to you but it matters to Americans.

    • CrimsonCobra on April 19, 2017 at 3:19 am

      He is a Christian, not a Muslim, according to his mother. Here’s an excerpt from Fox News:

      “Steve was a good Christian person…he just snapped…he had a gambling problem,” she said.

      Facebook killer Steve Stephens dead, police say

      Next time, get your facts straight before you make an ignorant comment.

    • Sheilah Stover on May 4, 2017 at 2:43 pm

      … and yet you hold a gun near your face- tsk, tsk

  10. AveryJarhman on April 18, 2017 at 1:12 am

    #T_H_U_G_L_I_F_E >>>REMEDY>>> #A_F_R_E_C_A_N

    “America’s Firm Resolve to End Childhood Abuse and Neglect”

  11. Sandro Molina Ruiz Dias on April 18, 2017 at 6:13 am

    For Allah, killing (“infidels”) is allowed! Do caricature of the FALSE Prophet Muhammad (may he be in the lap of SATAN!), there you can not! It’s blasphemy!

  12. Zachary white on April 18, 2017 at 12:14 pm

    When you are a 6 foot 4 inch 244 pound black man and your girlfriend still has bigger arms than you lol

    • J. Sebastian on April 18, 2017 at 2:54 pm

      6-1 not 6-4

    • Ms. on April 22, 2017 at 7:17 pm

      At least he had a girlfriend. You jealous hag.

    • Sheilah Stover on May 4, 2017 at 2:47 pm

      lol…as harsh as this is Zachary was trying to get a laugh, so we can stop being so judgmental

  13. n0n0 on April 18, 2017 at 2:54 pm

    Still, lets be 100% clear about this – no amount of gun control could have stopped this big dude from killing that little, old, frail guy.

    The left will spin it, here come the crybaby fantasy land “rebuttals”..

  14. chris on April 18, 2017 at 11:13 pm

    We can all be happy and relieved that this thing is gone now. Someone like that just doesn’t want to be and is not part of the human race. Happy he is removed from it.

  15. venicementor on April 18, 2017 at 11:14 pm

    He should have blown himself away right off the bat, instead of killing an innocent person.

    By the way, the head line to this piece is rather idiotic – as there are undoubtedly people who will think she actually drove him (in the car) to kill the old guy. “Who is the woman Steve Stephens claims drove him to shooting death on Easter?”

    Context is everything and some written to be intentionally deceiving. (And for you people who don’t know what “context” means: “the circumstances that form the setting for an event, statement, or idea, and in terms of which it can be fully understood and assessed.”