A true crime book on Nashville serial killer Paul Dennis Reid will be released at a premier in Nashville, Tennessee on November 15, 2014.
“When Nashville Bled: The untold stories of serial killer Paul D. Reid” covers, for the first time, the 1997 murders and investigation of serial killer Reid. The murders took place in Donelson, Hermitage, and Clarksville, Tennessee. Reid is suspected of many more murders in several states, to include homicides at a high profile 1980 murder case in a Houston bowling alley (see more here), which is detailed in the book.
The book also details the lives Reid took so cruelly during his Nashville robberies: Steve Hampton, Sarah Jackson, Andrea Brown, Ronald Santiago, Robert Sewell, Angie Holmes, Michelle Mace, and also Jose Gonzalez (who lived to identify Reid as the killer). Their ages ranged from 16 to 27, and all were shot execution-style. The Book & Breakfast event will be a celebration of life for the victims. “Being a victim was only a small part of who they were,” explains an organizer. “They were family and friends and could have been anyone’s child, brother, wife.”
But is the book drudging up a bad time that people would rather forget, or exploiting the victims? “Ask the victims, the families and friends and neighborhoods, if they’ll ever forget,” says one organizer. “There is a section in the book specifically to assist crime victims.” A portion of book proceeds benefits the Tennessee Chapter of Parents of Murdered Children (POMC) in the name of those lost. The author worked closely with families and friends on the book.
The book covers how crime victims and their survivors cope, survive, and live through the legal proceedings that often seem slated to protect the guilty. “When Nashville Bled” covers the “ripple effect” of crime.
This book will not be released to the public until the Book and Breakfast event, to be held Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014 8am-10am at
Thistle Stop Cafe, 5128 Charlotte Ave., Nashville TN 37205. Guests will order off the menu at their costs, and food and beverage proceeds benefit Thistle Farms and Magdalene House. The cafe, explains organizers, was specifically chosen as “it is a place to heal, which is a part of being a survivor of crime.”
There will be a discount on the book and an author meet & greet and book signing.
No media will be present so the families and friends of those lost can enjoy themselves, and no alcohol will be served. After November 15, the book will be available HERE.
Guests are asked to RSVP HERE or HERE
Information on The Thistle Stop Cafe HERE and a review HERE
Information on Thistle Farms HERE
Information on Magdalene House HERE