Steve Stephens, who found dead in Pennyslvania may have been gay according to people who knew him.
It was a combination of losing the girl he loved and his pay packet on the casino tables that drive him to murder Godwin - and to post the Easter Sunday horror video to Facebook.
The ruthless killer, who randomly took the life of the 74-year-old had little luck and developed a creepy 'party trick' to win the attention of girls in the Cleveland suburb where he grew up.
As a teenager he bought a python and would approach women with his slithering pet around his neck to try and win their attention.
'It was a slimy thing to do and now he's just a snake in the grass too,' said next-door-neighbor Alexis Lee.
The 34-year-old mother of three said: 'He didn't really know how to talk to us ladies.
'The snake was meant to draw my attention and he regularly told me he had a crush on me.
'But he wasn't my type at all. There was nothing attractive about him. He did have a nice personality though.
'He was great with the kids around here and when he was driving out after seeing his mom he'd stop his car.
'He would tell the kids 'Stay out of trouble, go to school and don't be knuckle heads'.
She added: 'He was good to the kids and he would worry about them crossing the street or getting lost and said' Hold hands now'.
'But he always seemed a bit lost and I'm not surprised that he's upset about his girlfriend and blaming her for what he's done.
'I saw him at the casino a couple of times and he would remind me that he always had a crush on me.
'One he asked me to sit next to him at the tables saying 'Be my queen... be my lucky charm'. But I wasn't interested. I just went home.'
Another local woman Charisse Leonard, 28, said: 'I thought he was confused about his sexuality and could even have been gay.
'I had never known him to have had a girlfriend. But he had a nice nature as did his mother and family. I never saw his dad.'
Theresa Blevins-Odom, 54, saw the killer, who is 37, just 48 hours before he carried out the slaying of the senior citizen and later posted a Facebook video of the murder.
She told DailyMail.com: 'He seemed quite normal and said have a nice day.
'I am sorry for him and his mother who is a good woman and who has brought her children up to be good people.
'Everybody goes through some problems in their lives and maybe Steve couldn't handle it. I still think he's a good kid.'