Hunting Serial Killers | Deadly Recall: The Mind of a Detective
Articles Blog

Hunting Serial Killers | Deadly Recall: The Mind of a Detective

November 18, 2019


♪♪ ♪♪ Postiglione: I WAS IN HOMICIDE
FOR OVER 25 YEARS, SO DURING THAT TIME, I DID ARREST
A FEW SERIAL KILLERS. YOU DON’T KNOW WHERE
THEY’RE GONNA STRIKE OR HOW THEY’RE GONNA STRIKE. IN MANY CASES, THEY’RE STRANGERS
TO THE PEOPLE THAT THEY KILL, SO THAT MAKES IT
EVEN MORE DIFFICULT TO TRY TO FIGURE OUT
WHO THEY ARE. BUT IF YOU’RE HUNTING
A SERIAL KILLER, YOU KNOW FOR A FACT THAT
THAT SERIAL KILLER’S GONNA KILL AGAIN. NOT IF BUT WHEN. ♪♪ SHE WAS LYING ON HER BACK. SHE WAS NAKED.
SHE WAS EXPOSED. SHE WAS DISPLAYED,
CLEARLY DISPLAYED. THE SOLES OF HER FEET
WERE PRESSED TOGETHER. HER LEGS WERE SPREAD OUT. SHE HAD HER HEAD
TURNED TO THE SIDE. SHE HAD BEEN SHOT ONE TIME
IN THE SIDE OF THE HEAD. THE KILLER HAD TO TAKE THE TIME
AND EFFORT TO DO THAT. SO WHEN YOU DO
SOMETHING LIKE THAT, YOU’RE DOING IT FOR A REASON,
WHETHER FOR SEXUAL GRATIFICATION OR WHATEVER YOUR
PSYCHOPATHIC REASON IS THAT YOU DO THAT. AND I’VE SEEN
SERIAL KILLERS DO THAT. AND IT WAS MY BELIEF AT THE TIME THAT WE WERE DEALING
WITH A POTENTIAL SERIAL-KILLER SITUATION. ♪♪ WE DETERMINED THAT
THERE WAS SOME VIDEO AVAILABLE FROM THE DIFFERENT BUSINESSES AROUND WHERE SARA’S BODY
WAS FOUND. AND WE SAW ONE PARTICULAR TRUCK
COMING INTO THE TRUCK STOP AND THEN COMING OUT OF THE
TRUCK STOP 16 MINUTES LATER. WE NOTICE NO PURCHASE WAS MADE
DURING THAT 16-MINUTE WINDOW. THERE WAS NO FOOD PURCHASE.
THERE WAS NO FUEL PURCHASE. NO PURCHASE OF ANY KIND MADE, SO WE HAD NO LOGICAL EXPLANATION
AS TO WHY THAT PARTICULAR TRUCK WENT INTO THIS TRUCK STOP. ♪♪ I BANGED ON THE DOOR,
HAD MY BADGE OUT, AND I SAID, “DO YOU
MIND COMING OUT? I’D LIKE TO SPEAK
TO YOU FOR A MINUTE.” HIS SHIRT WAS
OPENED ALL THE WAY. HE HAD ON NO SHOES.
HE HAD JUST SOCKS. HE SHOWED ME A DRIVER’S LICENSE. HAD THE NAME
OF BRUCE MENDENHALL ON IT. I SAID, “WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME
YOU WERE IN NASHVILLE?” HE SAYS, “LAST TIME I WAS HERE
WAS MAY OF 2007.” HE SAID THAT, “THERE’S A LOT
OF YELLOW TRUCKS LIKE THIS.” I SAID, “I KNOW.
YOU’RE PROBABLY RIGHT.” BUT I HEARD THIS
LITTLE VOICE SAY TO ME, “DON’T LET HIM LEAVE WITHOUT
LOOKING IN THE TRUCK.” AND I SAID TO HIM, “DO YOU MIND
IF I LOOK IN YOUR TRUCK?” SO YOU JUST CAN’T JUMP UP THERE
AND LOOK IN HIS TRUCK. HE’S GOTTA GIVE YOU
VERBAL PERMISSION, VERBAL CONSENT, WHICH HE DID. AND I BEGAN TO LOOK AROUND. JUST A QUICK CURSORY LOOK. I NOTICED SOME BLACK
ELECTRICAL TAPE. I NOTICED THERE WAS
A TRASH BAG IN THE BACK. I LOOKED DOWN IN IT, AND I NOTICED IT
WAS FULL OF BLOOD. THERE WAS A LOT OF NAPKINS
IN THERE THAT WERE WET, HAD APPEARED WHAT APPEARED TO ME
TO BE FRESH BLOOD. OUR VICTIM WAS KILLED
ON JUNE THE 25th, EARLY MORNING HOURS
OF JUNE THE 26th. THIS IS JULY THE 12th. I FELT PRETTY
CONFIDENT THAT IT WAS NOT OUR VICTIM’S BLOOD. I SAID, “BRUCE, CAN YOU EXPLAIN
THE BLOOD THAT’S IN THIS BAG?” SO HE BEGAN TO TELL ME THAT GETTING IN AND OUT
OF THE TRUCK, HE CUT HIS LEG. COULD BE, MAYBE. SO I ASKED HIM AT THAT POINT
TO SHOW ME THE CUT ON HIS LEG. AND HE PULLED UP HIS PANT LEG
AND SHOWED ME NOTHING. AS I’M LOOKING IN THE BAG,
I’M ABLE TO SEE WOMAN’S SHOES, WOMAN’S CLOTHING, A CELLPHONE. WE HAD ENOUGH BLOOD IN THE TRUCK TO DETERMINE THAT THIS
VICTIM IS INDEED DEAD. THERE WAS A LOT OF BLOOD. THE ONLY THING MISSING,
OF COURSE, WAS THE BODY. I SAID, “BRUCE, IS THERE
A WEAPON IN THIS TRUCK?” HE SAID, “YES. A .22 RIFLE.” WELL, THAT’S PRECISELY
WHAT WE’VE BEEN LOOKING FOR, A .22 RIFLE. WE PLACED HIM UNDER ARREST BECAUSE WE KNEW HE
HAD KILLED SOMEBODY. I WAS ABLE TO
FIND ALL THAT EVIDENCE THAT LINKED HIM TO EIGHT
DIFFERENT HOMICIDES. BRUCE MENDENHALL WAS
CONVICTED OF KILLING SARA HULBERT HERE IN
NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE. HE GOT SENTENCED TO
LIFE ON EACH CASE. ♪♪ IT’S ABSOLUTELY POSSIBLE
THAT BRUCE MENDENHALL, IN ADDITION TO THE EIGHT THAT WE
ALREADY KNOW THAT HE’S COMMITTED WITH THIS ONE TRUCKING COMPANY, IT’S VERY POSSIBLE
THAT HE’S INVOLVED IN OTHER HOMICIDES THAT WE HAVE
YET TO MAKE THE CONNECTION WITH. I’VE BEEN INVOLVED IN
OTHER INVESTIGATIONS THAT INVOLVE TRUCK DRIVERS
THAT ARE SERIAL KILLERS OR PEOPLE CONNECTED
TO TRUCK DRIVERS. A TRUCK DRIVER CAN KILL
SOMEBODY IN NASHVILLE AND BE THREE STATES AWAY BEFORE
THE BODY’S EVEN FOUND. ♪♪ ♪♪ HE SHOT THESE 2 VICTIMS
A TOTAL OF 12 TIMES. ♪♪ I THINK THEY WERE
KILLED FAIRLY QUICKLY. THE REASON WHY I SAY THAT IS BECAUSE INSIDE THE COOLER
IS AN ALARM — A SILENT ALARM THAT
YOU CAN HIT RIGHT AWAY. I SUSPECT IF THEY WERE IN THERE
FOR ANY GIVEN TIME, THEY WOULD HAVE HIT THAT ALARM,
BUT THEY NEVER TOUCHED IT. I SUSPECT THEY WERE IN THERE AND THEY WERE PROBABLY
KILLED ALMOST INSTANTLY. ♪♪ HE SHOT THREE
VICTIMS IN THE HEAD. AND THEN THE FOURTH VICTIM,
HE RAN OUT OF BULLETS. HE TOOK OUT A LARGE KNIFE
AND BEGAN TO STAB HIM AND ACTUALLY STABBED
HIM 17 TIMES. HE THOUGHT HE KILLED HIM, AND HE PROBABLY
SHOULD HAVE DIED. BUT HE WAS ABLE TO SURVIVE THAT. ♪♪ ♪♪ IT WAS VERY, VERY DIFFICULT
FOR EVERYBODY INVOLVED. FOR ME PERSONALLY AND FOR ANY OTHER DETECTIVE
INVOLVED IN THIS CASE, BECAUSE YOU LITERALLY GAVE — I MEAN, DAY AFTER DAY
AFTER DAY AFTER DAY. YOU KNOW, YOU NEVER SAT IT DOWN. WE WERE EVEN STAKING OUT
FAST-FOOD PLACES IN THE EVENT THAT WE FELT
LIKE HE MIGHT HIT AGAIN. EVERYBODY WAS SCARED TO DEATH, BECAUSE WE HAD NO IDEA
WHO THIS WAS. I VIVIDLY RECALL STANDING
THAT DAY SHAVING, GETTING READY FOR WORK. AND I HEARD SOME
DISCUSSION ON THE NEWS ABOUT A BASKIN-ROBBINS
IN CLARKSVILLE. AND THE EMPLOYEES WERE MISSING. AND I RECALL WALKING
IN FRONT OF THE TV, LOOKING AT IT. AND MY GUT INSTINCT SAID THAT
THIS IS GONNA BE CONNECTED. I JUST HAD THAT FEELING. WE WENT TO THE BASKIN-ROBBINS. THE GIRLS STILL
HAD NOT BEEN FOUND. THE DOOR WAS LOCKED. I WAS UP THERE
PROBABLY 20 MINUTES. AND THEY SAID THEY
FOUND THE VICTIMS. THEY WERE AT A PARK MAYBE
A MILE AWAY FROM THE BUSINESS. AND BOTH GIRLS HAD BEEN STABBED
AND HAD THEIR THROATS CUT. ♪♪ BETWEEN FINGERPRINTS,
WITNESS IDENTIFICATION, AND DNA FROM BASKIN-ROBBINS, WE WERE ABLE TO
DEVELOP PAUL REID AS A SUSPECT IN ALL
THREE OF THESE HOMICIDES. PAUL REID WAS SENTENCED TO DEATH
IN ALL SEVEN CASES. HE GOT SICK AND DIED
ON DEATH ROW IN 2013. ♪♪ WHEN I GOT TO THE CRIME SCENE, WHICH IS THE ESQUIRE MOTEL, I RECALL IT BEING
ROOM NUMBER 23. AND DONNA BACOT
WAS FOUND DECEASED LYING ON HER BACK ON THE FLOOR. THE CRIME-SCENE LOOK STRUCK ME AS POSSIBLY BEING
SERIAL-KILLER RELATED. I BEGAN TO MAKE INQUIRIES WITH OTHER AGENCIES
ALL AROUND THE AREA, AND I EVENTUALLY MADE CONNECTION
WITH CINCINNATI, OHIO. THEY HAD A HOMICIDE THERE
THAT WAS SIMILAR IN NATURE. BOTH OF OUR VICTIMS HAD PILLOWS
OVER THEIR FACES. I THOUGHT THAT WAS INTERESTING. MY VICTIM WAS AT THE HOTEL. THE SUSPECT HAD SIGNED IN AS
BEING FROM THE STATE OF TEXAS. THE SUSPECT
ON THE CINCINNATI CASE ALSO SIGNED IN AS BEING
FROM THE STATE OF TEXAS. WE HAD A PARTIAL
FINGERPRINT WE FOUND, AND I SENT IT TO TEXAS AS WELL AS
SEVEN OR EIGHT OTHER STATES. THEY DON’T KNOW
WHO THE PERSON IS, BUT WE KNOW WE’RE DEALING
WITH THE SAME PERSON. AFTER A ONE-YEAR-LONG,
INTENSE INVESTIGATION — A YEAR,
EVERY SINGLE DAY — WE FINALLY IDENTIFIED
MICHAEL SCOTT MAGLIOLO. HE WAS ARRESTED IN
JASPER, TEXAS, ON A D.U.I. SO I FLEW TO TEXAS,
AND WE INTERVIEWED MAGLIOLO. SPEAK TO HIM FOR PROBABLY
30 MINUTES, 40 MINUTES. AND THEN HE BEGAN TO CONFESS. MAGLIOLO CONFESSED TO
KILLING IDA MAE BLADEN IN CINCINNATI, OHIO. AND THEN SHORTLY AFTER THAT, HE KILLED DONNA BACOT
IN NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE. AND THEN HE SAID THAT
HE ALSO COMMITTED A HOMICIDE, WHICH WE HAD NO IDEA ABOUT,
IN HAMMOND, LOUISIANA. MICHAEL MAGLIOLO CONFESSED
TO A LOCAL NEWS REPORTER THAT HE KILLED 12 PEOPLE. AND I HAVE NO REASON
TO DOUBT THAT. HE’S STILL ALIVE
AND HE’S SERVING LIFE IN THE NASHVILLE
STATE PENITENTIARY. THE SATISFYING FOR ME
ABOUT CATCHING A SERIAL KILLER IS YOU STOP THAT
PERSON FROM KILLING, BECAUSE SERIAL KILLERS
DON’T STOP KILLING UNTIL THEY’RE ARRESTED
OR UNTIL THEY DIE.

Only registered users can comment.

  1. Most probably 95% of serial killers are white. Is there a link between the white race and psychopathy? Hispanic is not a race. And all Hispanic serial killers where white hispanics.

  2. Detective Pat has a photographic memory and a mind like a steel trap. If there were more skilled, dedicated homicide investigators like him, a lot less murder cases would go cold. He is doing what he was born to do!!!

  3. I feel proud of dedicated Detectives like Pat Postiglione who help in making society a safe place to live in by arresting these Satans in human forms, using all kinds of skills they have.

    I don't mind repeating this a million times, but Technology has helped arrest more criminals in the 21st century which, probably, would not have been possible otherwise.

    But why is it the that USA has the highest no. of Serial Killers in History?

  4. I live an hour from Nashville in southwest TN. I havent heard of these cases.
    Im definitely proud though of having a detective like Detective Pat keeping my state safe.

  5. This detective looks like Eric Braeden is a German-born American film and television actor, known for his roles as Victor Newman on the soap opera The Young and the Restless

  6. I lived in Clarksville at the time of this. I was in the 8th grade. It shocked everyone so sad. Nobody went to that Baskin Robins for a long time from my class

  7. Just was watching a documentary about the Long Island S K (who has never been identified) & it said that the FBI only has 8 profilers for serial killers available for not only the US but the whole world. Seems like they need a lot more because it also claims some experts believe there are upwards of 300+ active in the US alone.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *