Crime

Lauren Giddings murder featured on cable TV show

Stephen McDaniel, seen here in July 2011, was convicted in the killing of fellow Mercer University law student Lauren Giddings
Stephen McDaniel, seen here in July 2011, was convicted in the killing of fellow Mercer University law student Lauren Giddings

Locals already know how the story ends, but a cable television show’s dramatization of the 2011 dismemberment slaying of Lauren Giddings is set to premiere Thursday night.

A whodunnit-style program called “Nightmare Next Door,” which airs on Investigation Discovery, will feature the Mercer University law graduate’s death in an hourlong episode scheduled to air at 9 p.m.

The show’s producers were in Macon in early April interviewing police investigators and others, including Telegraph reporter Amy Leigh Womack, who covered the case for nearly three years.

Read more about the Lauren Giddings murder case

Giddings’ killer, Stephen McDaniel, who turns 30 later this month, was obsessed with the 27-year-old Giddings. The two were next-door neighbors at Barristers Hall apartments on Georgia Avenue, across the street from Mercer’s law school where they had been classmates.

McDaniel and Giddings had graduated in May 2011, and Giddings was about to move away.

According to McDaniel in a statement that was part of his guilty plea in spring 2014, about 4:30 a.m. on Sunday, June 26, 2011, he used an apartment master key to slip into Giddings’ residence while she slept.

After a tussle, he said he strangled Giddings, clenching his hands around her throat for as long as 15 minutes, until she stopped moving. Her body was dismembered. Only her torso was found -- in a trash can beside her apartment building.

McDaniel is serving a life sentence in prison.

For Cox Communications customers, the show will air on Channel 104, on Cox’s advanced TV line-up.

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