Murder of Keith Ratliff, ninth-ranked YouTube poster

The police in northeast Georgia found Keith Ratliff, 32, dead at his office on Jan. 3, shot once in the head. He was surrounded by several guns, but not the one that killed him. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is treating it as a homicide.He was last seen alive at 7 p.m. on Jan. 2, the police said. The next night, the police found him dead inside the business, FPS Industries.His YouTube channel, called FPSRussia, became the site’s ninth largest, with nearly 3.5 million subscribers and more than 500 million views.

F.P.S. is slang among video game players for “first-person shooter.” “Russia” refers to the thick accent used by Mr. Myers’s online persona.

Mr. Ratliff’s videos, which starred a friend, Kyle Myers, are popular for their homegrown brand of zaniness — three minutes of Mr. Myers’s casual banter as he rakes targets or blows things up with extreme displays of firepower. Most are made outdoors, where Mr. Myers fires at targets like hay bales or photographs of Justin Bieber, while explaining the merits of various weapons.

There is a lot of stuff going around out on the web surrounding the case of Mr Ratliff.

Let us make clear that Mr. Ratliff is NOT the star of FPS Russia (Kyle Myers, Aka Dmitri Potapoff). He has tweeted several times since the incident asking for respect for the family. He is not believed to have any involvement of any sort with the demise of Mr. Ratliff.

Additionally, more details are developing, one new fact seems to be that Mr Ratliff was killed on a rural Georgia road, and not tied up in an office as earlier reported. He was armed at the time, however was not able to respond to the threat with his own firearms. This fact points at it is quite likely that the murderer was well-known to the deceased.


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