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Ace Homicide Detective Talks About Hunting Killers

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by Nick Beres

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- He's made a career out of catching mass murderers and serial killers. Now after more than three decades on the job, Metro homicide detective Pat Postiglione is set to retire. 

For years he shied away from publicity, but he agreed to an interview with NewsChannel 5 on this -- his last week at work.

"It's not in my DNA to ease up.  I've always gone 100 percent," said Postiglione who headed up the department's cold case unit in recent years.  But now he says it's time to walk away.

Postiglione caught dozens of killers over the years and was involved in most of the city's most high profile cases from mass killer Paul Reid to Perry March who killed his wife Janet to serial killer Bruce Mendenhall.

Colleagues said he always had a knack for zeroing in on evidence that led to suspects.

"You don't know what you are looking for initially, but the longer you are there, the more sense the crime scene will make to you," said Postiglione.

He conceded that with years of experience he developed a type of intuition that helped lead him in cases.  But the arrests were always the results of hard work. 

"It's very difficult to work a homicide through the week and then just shut if off come the weekend.  I can't do that," said Postiglione.  He rarely took entire weekends off and often canceled vacations while working cases.

Postiglione survived in a job that burns out so many others because of his dedication to the victims and the desire to bring killers to justice.

"To bring closure to families.  To make that phone call and tell them we got the killer who took their son, daughter, father or mother and to tell them what happened," said Postiglione.

The 61-year-old will retire this Thursday and likely take a job with the District Attorney's office. He also hasn't ruled out writing a book and teaching new detectives.

Most agree that one of the best things that can be said about Pat Postiglione is that we all felt safer with him on the job hunting down some of society's most violent offenders.

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