Paul Dennis Reid cut a trail of destruction through Nashville in early 1997 when he murdered seven successive fast food employees--enough to be considered a serial killer using the FBI's definition of "five or more victims." Reid, a native of Ft. Worth, Texas, was born on November 12, 1957. His father was an alcoholic and his mother divorced him when Paul was 3 years old. He spent a lot of time being raised by his grandmother, whom he terrorized by putting thumbtacks in her food, locking her in her room, and spraying her with a garden hose. At least once he tried to set her on fire. Paul's family gave up on him by the time he was in the 3rd grade and turned him over to a foster care facility for boys. When Paul was 16, he tried to rape both his mother and sister so they kicked him out of the house.
Paul next went to live with his father, but got kicked out of there for trying to rape his other sister. He was arrested for car theft shortly afterwards and got three years probation and over a period of several years, accumulated multiple arrests for robbery, car theft, and check fraud. In April 1984, Reid was sentenced to 20 years in prison for a spree of robberies in the Houston area, but got out in only seven years due to severe overcrowding in the Texas prison system, over the objections of psychiatrists and the prosecutor in his 1984 trial all of whim believed he would be a danger to society so long as he was a free man.
Reid went back to Ft. Worth and got a job as a truck driver, but in only a few months was in a serious accident. That entitled him to $25,000 in settlement money and two years of workman's comp. Suddenly, Reid decided he wanted to be a country singer so he got plastic surgery, took music lessons, and moved to Nashville in September 1995. Using the stage name Justin Parks, he told anyone who would listen that he was the next Garth Brooks. He got a job in a restaurant but turned back to robbery in a few months, this time vowing to leave no witnesses behind.
On February 15, 1997, he was fired from his job as a dishwasher at a Shoney's Restaurant in Donelson for throwing a plate at a co-worker in a fit of anger. The next morning, he arrived at a Captain D's a few miles down the road and announced that he was going to apply for a job, allowing him to get inside before it had opened for the day. Shortly after that, 16 year old Sarah Jackson and 25 year old Steve Hampton, both employees at the restaurant, arrived for their shift. An hour later, another employee arrived at the Captain D's to find the doors locked. He was able to get the help of an assistant manager who had a key. When they entered, they found Jackson and Hampton dead, laying face-down in the freezer, and both shot in the back of the head execution-style.
So he's a true Christian, thanks for the heads-up.
Sarah had five shots in her and Steve two. Two of the former's wounds wouldn't have been immediately fatal and it appeared that she had tried to drag herself from where she was initially hit before the gunman fired the fatal shots. Both had been shot with a .32 caliber weapon and $7,140 in cash was taken from the restaurant, along with Steve's wallet and $600. The wallet was found 12 miles away along the roadside the next day. Inside was Steve's driver's license and a Blockbuster video rental card that had a distinct thumb print on it. The print didn't appear to match anything police had on file, but they kept the card anyway just in case.
Other Captain D's employees remembered seeing a man in a Shoney's apron in the restaurant the previous day saying he was looking for a different job as a change of pace. He was told to check back the next day when the regular manager would be in.
On March 23, twenty seven year old Ronald Santiago, 30 year old Jose Gonzales, 23 year old Robert Sewell, and 17 year old Andrea Brown were preparing to close up a McDonalds in Hermitage. As they prepared to step outside, a gunman approached and ordered everyone back in the McDonalds. He proceeded to help himself to the contents of the safe, forced the four employees into a storage area, and shot them execution-style. However, when he tried to shoot Gonzales, his weapon misfired. Gonzales saw an opportunity. He jumped up and tried to wrestle the assailant, but he pulled out a knife, stabbed him 17 times, and fled.
Catholics that practice their faith are rare.
my god these people were ugly. only the redhead in the middle was cute.
$600 is a lot of money for a restaurant worker in 1997.
my understanding is he was planning to pay his rent the next day so he had a higher than normal amount of cash on him
Gonzales was able to make his way to a phone and call police. By this point, Santiago and Sewell were dead and Gonzales and Brown unconscious. The two survivors were rushed to the ER. Brown was beyond hope of recovery and removed from life support the next day. Emergency surgeons worked overtime to save Gonzales as the only surviving witness to the attack outside the gunman himself.
Nashville police examined the McDonalds. The suspect clearly knew what he was doing since he'd left no fingerprints behind. He had taken $2,300 in cash from the McDonalds. There were six .25 Remington casings on the floor. It seemed like this was the work of the same individual who'd attacked the Captain D's a month ago.
Meanwhile, the police were keeping Jose Gonzales under watch for when and if he'd be healthy enough to tell them what had happened. He regained enough strength to communicate with sign language, and eventually whispering. From this they were able to make a composite sketch of a white male with a baseball cap, mustache, and dark hair, but it didn't match the composite sketch from the Captain D's case.
On April 23, twenty one year old Angela Holmes and 16 year old Michelle Mace were working at a Baskin-Robbins in Clarksville. At 10:10 PM, Michelle's brother arrived to pick her up from work. Angela's car was still in the parking lot and the lights were on in the Baskin-Robbins despite it being past closing time. He entered through the back door and found the restaurant completely empty, the two girls nowhere to be seen, so he called police. The perpetrator had taken $1,200 in cash. Angela and Michelle's purses were both there and nothing had been taken from them. The video tape from the security camera was also missing, further proof that this individual knew what he was doing.
idk about those other places because I don't live in Tennessee but McDonalds and B-R aren't actual food and there's nothing edible in their shit (emphasis on the word shit).
The next day, Angela and Michelle's bodies were found in the Dunbar Cave State Natural Area in Montgomery County. Both had died of multiple stab wounds. Police located a witness who said she was in the Baskin-Robbins earlier in the evening of April 23 and recalled a man about in his late 20s or early 30s coming in there and generally acting quite loud and rude as he complained about the prices. He had been driving a noticeable red car and other witnesses had seen the same vehicle near the Dunbar Cave State Natural Area.
However, police did get a break this time around when they found a shoe print and some distinct fingerprints in the Baskin-Robbins. During the next several weeks, undercover cops posed as restaurant workers at several area eating establishments with the hope of catching the suspect. Unfortunately, he didn't take the bait and they came up empty handed.
On June 1, Mitchell Roberts, the manager of the Shoney's in Donelson, was at his home in Joelton when Paul Reid showed up at his door. Reid asked if he could please have his job as a dishwasher back. Roberts told him sorry, no. Instead, Reid pulled out a knife and told Roberts "You're coming with me." He took out a pair of handcuffs and put them on his former boss. Roberts dashed towards the house and yelled to his wife to get the gun--he didn't actually own any firearms, but it was enough to scare Reid, who promptly took off. Reid called police and was in his living room telling what had just happened when the phone rang. To his surprise, Reid was on the other end and told Roberts he was real sorry and wanted to apologize for trying to abduct him at knife point.
We'll look into converting.
>The next day, Angela and Michelle's bodies were found in the Dunbar Cave State Natural Area in Montgomery County. Both had died of multiple stab wounds.
that's it? no rape? if you're gonna go to jail anyway you may as well go all out with it.
Roberts and the police officer looked at each other, a huge grin on both of their faces. He told Reid that he should come back here and he'd make it up to him. Almost as soon as Reid returned to the house, the officer took him into custody. After being booked into jail, Reid gave them a fake DOB hence they came up blank when they tried searching their database for any prior criminal record he had. For the time being, Reid was only charged with assault but Mitchell Roberts, sure that his former employee had been responsible for the string of murders and worried he'd quickly be out on bail, pressed the cops to charge him with more. They decided he could also be charged with attempted kidnapping, which would at least keep him in jail for a while longer.
The print on Steve Hampton's video rental card was found to match Paul Reid. Police also resumed talking to Jose Gonzales. Presented with over 300 mugshots of suspects, he picked Reid's out of the bunch. Inside Reed's apartment were a couple of plastic jugs with $1,000 in coins in them. A pair of sneakers had traces of human blood on them and this blood was found to match that of Angela Holmes and Michelle Mace. Fiber evidence taken from the back of his red '94 Escort also matched the clothing worn by Holmes and Mace--Reid had only gotten this car recently to replace an older '88 Escort wagon he'd been driving until it was in an accident back in January and written off by the insurance company. In eight hours of interrogation, Reid still vehemently denied any of the murders. It took a year and a half of work for Nashville police to build their case.
>Fiber evidence taken from the back of his red '94 Escort also matched
I watched a docu about this case and they had a picture of his car, it was a 97 Escort, a third gen one. He must have bought it brand new after the older Escort of his (they had a picture of that too) got totaled.
Reid was also suspected in the Brown's Chicken Massacre in Palatine, Illinois in 1993, but he had a valid alibi for that day and was quickly ruled out as a suspect. The real perpetrators, Juan Luna and James Degorski, were identified in 2002 and found guilty in 2007 and '09, respectively, on seven counts of first degree murder, but both narrowly escaped the death penalty.
Reid was in court for 13 months during 1999-early 2000 for each count of murder he faced. The prosecution summoned Jose Gonzales to the witness stand, who testified in detail about the massacre at the McDonalds. Reid did not take the stand in his own defense but his defense team argued that he'd suffered several episodes of head trauma over the years, including the truck accident in 1991, and was unable to tell right from wrong. However, this theory did not hold water since Reid was clearly capable of planning and executing his crimes, and of attempting to cover his tracks. Convicted on seven counts of first degree murder and one count of attempted murder, Reid was sentenced to death.
Reid's murder trial was the first one in Tennessee to be broadcast live on TV after the state had decided to allow cameras in its courtrooms.
lal this is the most Amerifat thing ever
>*cracks open beer*
>Son, lemme tell you about the great Brown's Chicken Massacre of nanety three
many countries have real history...wars, famines, genocides, dictators, kings, religious persecutions and Americans just have the time some redneck shot up a soulless corporate fast food chain (it was terrible, i couldn't get the dinner special for a month while the cops was investigating the shooting)
Things like the horrors of American BTK are the great stories of our era, replacing myths of the old day…
BTK and the toybox killer are probably the two of my most unsettling, true american monsters
Nathaniel Bar-Jonah was way way more disturbing and we did do a thread about him.
What about the black guy who killed all his co-workers at Chuck-E-Cheese's? You missed that thread I take it.
He was scheduled to be executed on January 3, 2008 but a week prior to that, US District Judge Todd Campbell suspended the execution as part of an overview program to ensure that state lethal injection methods complied with the 8th Amendment. This measure was not specifically due to Reid's impending execution. In the end, Reid never did meet the executioner's needle. He died in Nashville General Hospital of pneumonia and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease on November 1, 2013.
>was a Clinton appointee
Figures. And the 8th Amendment was supposed to protect you from barbaric old-timey punishments like being dismembered by having horses tied to your limbs and pulling, not this shit.
>We began to record and he was indeed a horrible singer. Every single line required no less than 15 or 20 takes and the last one was never any better than the first. He had no sense of rhythm or timing or any musicality to speak of.
>He recorded 4 songs … A Country Boy Can Survive, Neon Rainbow, and Rodeo, and an original song called, “Two-Steppin Saturday Night”. It was truly awful and most of us felt rather guilty taking his money because we knew this guy was going to get completely obliterated in Nashville. We felt sorry for him and a I felt a bit guilty for taking his money. He told me I could "ride his coattails to fame" and I just shook his hand and smiled and thought "Nashville is going to eat the poor guy alive".
>When it was finally all over … we walked out and quickly forgot about the entire experience. He left “cassette” copies for each of us and I was the only one who walked out with mine. I went home and threw it in a pile of other cassettes I never planned to listen to again.
I believe at least some of his demo tape is online and it was that bad.
>When Paul was 16, he tried to rape both his mother and sister so they kicked him out of the house.
>Paul next went to live with his father, but got kicked out of there for trying to rape his other sister.
Just how based can one man be?
How do I achieve that Chad neck?
even their civil war was lame
>a general burned some farm fields and hanged like one guy for disrespecting his army
in most countries "civil war" implies horrific massacres and mass executions