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1997 Fast Food Murders Back In The Spotlight

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by Heather Graf

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - One of Nashville's most violent and notorious murder cases is back in the spotlight.  Paul Dennis Reid killed seven employees at local fast food restaurants, during a two-month period in 1997.

On Thursday night, the case was featured in an episode of the show, "Cold Blood", featured on the Investigation Discovery Channel.

"It seemed to be such a simple case of good vs evil," said executive producer Jacqueline Bynon.  "It was a story of good people, going to work every day, doing the things you and I do every day, just working in restaurants to make a living, and something evil, some bad guy comes in there, and when you're doing the most mundane thing , trying to make a living, your life is cut short."

Bynon says she felt compelled to tell the story, because she was so impressed with the dedication of the police detectives in both Nashville and Clarksville who worked this case.

Along the way, she met with and interviewed the family members of several of Reid's victims.

One of them is Connie Black, who lives in Clarksville.

"These were wonderful, beautiful people, and they were children, they belonged to a family, and they're gone," said Black.  "And I want them to be remembered."

Black's daughter, 16-year-old Michelle Mace, was one of two people killed at the Baskin Robbins in Clarksville.  She was working there in March of 1997, when Reid kidnapped her and a co-worker, and then stabbed them to death. 

"She never got to get married or have children," said Black.  "That choice was taken from her."

She says she agreed to take part in the "Cold Blood" show, because she wants people to know violent crimes like this can happen anywhere, to anyone.

"It's not Hollywood, it's not somebody wrote this, and this is how it plays out," she said.  'This is real life, real people, real hearts that were broken, real lives that were torn apart."

Bynon says she, too, hopes the 60-minute episode sends that message.

"Paul Dennis Reid was just an evil guy," she said.  "It's a very sad story, and that's what I take away.  Evil is out there. And you never know where it's going to strike."

Reid was sentenced to seven death sentences, and remains on death row.

The double murder at the Clarksville Baskin Robbins was his very last crime committed, before his arrest.

email: hgraf@newschannel5.com

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