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Serial killer's former boss talks with News 2


Mitch Roberts, a manager at Shoney's in the mid 1990s, was serial killer Paul Dennis Reid's former boss and the man police said helped them catch him. 

Thursday, he spoke with News 2.

"I see the same mean evil person that I saw back then," he said while viewing DVDs of a taped conversation between Reid and forensic psychologist Dr. Daniel Martell.

Roberts told News 2 he believes Reid completely capable of making decisions describing him as someone who knows how to alter his behavior to best fit the situation.  

"This guy can turn it on or off," he said.  "He can use this to his advantage, and that's what he's doing."

In a videotaped interview Reid said, "You can see right there, still staying strong and fit."

Watching Reid show off his muscles in the recent interview, Roberts believes the convicted killer welcomes the attention. 

"He is playing and manipulating that system, "he said.

In the interview, Reid criticizes that system, saying being in prison has ruined his life.

Reid said, "You all have murdered each day of my life."

Murder is what Roberts believes Reid had in mind the night he showed up on his family's doorstep 11 years ago.

Roberts had recently fired Reid from his job as a cook at a Nashville Shoney's.

"We were sitting there and all of a sudden you hear this knock.  You've seen the video where he's waving.  My little boy is taking the video camera and he's waving at him," he said.

Roberts said Reid planned on killing him and his family that Sunday night. 

Now, Reid claims he's prepared for death.

Reid said, "I'll accept the sentence of guilty.  I'll accept the punishment of death."

Roberts said he, unlike Reid, values human life, but he doesn't hesitate when asked if he thinks Reid deserves to die. 

"Whatever they do to flip that switch or hit that button, to start that injection.  I'd do that in a second," he said.

Reid has spent the better part of the week in court hearings aimed at determining whether or not he is capable choosing to be put to death.

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