Scary New Details About The Obsessed Fan Who Broke Into A YouTube Couple's Home To Kill Them

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New Details About The Obsessed Fan Who Broke Into A YouTube Couple's Home To Kill Them
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He drove 11 hours to their home.

A “disturbed fan” drove over 11 hours to the Austin home of a YouTube couple, where police say he broke in and was fatally shot by law enforcement.

Police said Christopher Eric Giles, 23, became obsessed with YouTube couple Meg Turney,30, and Gavin Free, 29, and over time, developed resentment toward Free.

He allegedly crossed state lines and made his way from New Mexico to the celebrity pair’s home in Texas in an attempt to kill Free.


Turney and Free were unharmed.

Giles, who police described as “single, lonely, and disturbed,” allegedly used a handgun to break in and enter the couple’s home through the back door on Jan. 26 and fired at least one shot while Turney and Free hid in their master closet.

Turney called 911 from the closet and told the operator that she and her boyfriend awoke to a gunshot and the sound of breaking glass.

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When police arrived at the scene, a sedan with a New Mexico license plate was backing out of the driveway. A shot was fired from within the vehicle and officers returned fire, and Giles was pronounced dead in the driveway.

According to the affidavit, the Travis County Medical Examiner found the fatal gunshot wound to the Gile’s head may have been self-inflicted, but the official cause of death has not been ruled.

“It was apparent that Giles' sole intent was to cause harm to someone who resides there,” according to detectives.

When police examined Gile’s cell phone they found notes that showed the evolution of Gile’s hatred toward Free.

“A search of Giles’ cellular phone identified various notations identifying Megan Turney and Gavin Free by name,” a detective wrote in the documents. “Furthermore, threatening thoughts were recorded by Giles and directed toward Gavin Free, i.e., ‘I want Gavin Free to die alone, with no children.’”

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"Based upon these notations, it was apparent that Giles developed a fondness of Turney yet resented Free for his lifestyle and success," the affidavit read.

University of Texas Associate Professor Dr. Angeline Close Scheinbaum, a social media and psychology expert, weighed in on the situation, saying the incident was a classic case of parasocial interaction.

"It's when a real consumer, a real person has a relationship that's real to them, but the kicker is it's not normal at all because it's one-sided," she said, according to KVUE. "The other party may or may not even be aware of that person's existence."

Scheinbaum said the one-sided relationship can be very dangerous.

"The one person doesn't even know who the other person is, whereas the other person who really, really feels attached in some ways,” she continued. “That attachment can be dangerous."

Authorities searched Gile’s New Mexico home and obtained two cellphones, a laptop, two tablets and an Xbox gaming system from his home, The Albuquerque Journal reports.

“Based upon the known circumstances and investigative findings, your affiant is led to believe that evidence related to the planned burglary and homicides of Megan Turney and Gavin Free will be found,” the affidavit reads.

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