Serial killer Paul Dennis Reid dies - WKRN News 2

Serial killer Paul Dennis Reid dies

Posted: Updated: Nov 2, 2013 05:23 PM CDT
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -

Serial killer Paul Dennis Reid died Friday evening at a Nashville hospital.

Reid was sentenced to death seven times for killing seven workers at three fast-food restaurants in Nashville and Clarksville in 1997.

Reid was recently hospitalized for unknown reasons at Nashville General Hospital at Meharry. He was pronounced dead just before 6 p.m. Friday.

Following news of his passing, Reid's pastor, Joe Ingle, said, "I have been his minister throughout the entire ordeal and I am saddened at his death."

Ingle continued, "At the same time, I am relieved that the state of Tennessee will not get its heartfelt desire to kill a man who is mentally ill. My prayers go out to his family and those who worked so hard for him these past 18 years."

Reid's sister, Linda Martiniano, told News 2 in a statement that the family is asking to grieve in private.

"This has been a very painful chapter in our family's journey," she said. "We know the victim's families' have also suffered and we are very sorry for that. We hope this brings them closure."

 

Reid's murder spree began in February 1997 at a Donelson Captain D's restaurant.  He forced 16-year-old employee Sara Jackson and 25-year-old manager Steve Hampton into a cooler then shot them execution style.

One month later, in March, four employees at a McDonald's Hermitage were forced into a store room.  Reid shot 17-year-old Angela Brown, 27-year-old Ronald Santiago, and 23-year-old Robert Sewell execution style.

He also attempted to shoot employee Jose Ramirez Gonzalez, but his weapon failed, leading him to stab the man 17 times.  Gonzalez survived and later testified against Reid in court.

The third set of murders took place one month later in April of 1997.  Reid traveled to Clarksville, kidnapped two employees of a local Baskin Robbins, slashed their throats and dumped them at Dunbar Cave State Park.

The bodies of 21-year-old Angela Holmes and 16-year-old Michelle Mace were found the following day.

Reid was arrested several months later, in June of 1997.  He was convicted in April of 1999.

The cause of his death was not immediately known.

He was 55.

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