They Shared Their Lives On YouTube. Then A Fan Came Calling, With A Gun

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Christopher Giles passed his hours plugged into the internet, either gripping an X-box controller or burning through YouTube videos. He was 23 years old and lived by himself in a two-story apartment complex topped with stucco in a neighbourhood in northern Albuquerque. It was an existence a police investigator bluntly described in a recent search warrant affidavit as “single, lonely and disturbed.”

According to the same document, obtained by the Albuquerque Journal, Giles in late January steered his 1989 four-door Lincoln sedan eastward. There was a .45 handgun in the car. He drove for 11 hours, a road trip that closed the distance between life online and the real world.

At 3:40 a.m. on Jan. 26 Giles pulled into a tree-lined block in the Hyde Park neighbourhood of Austin. He walked to the back of a white house.

Giles knew the young couple living inside as…

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