The Prosecutors: In Pursuit of Justice: Season 2, Episode 5

Fast Food Killer (2002)

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Fast Food Killer
16 April 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This is a documentary about the hunt for the so-called Fast Food Killer, Paul Reid, who murdered no fewer than seven people in three robberies. As might be inferred from the title, all his targets were fast food outlets: a Captain D's, a McDonalds and a Baskin-Robbins; the robberies and murders were committed over a period of two months, February to April 1997, in Tennessee.

The documentary makers speak to the police officers who worked on the case, and the families of the victims. There are reconstructions and also footage of Reid.

It became clear from fairly early on in the investigation that the perpetrator had another motive besides material gain. Reid was actually a chef who had been employed by one of the outlets he targeted; there was also something not quite right about him, visibly so.

The police had a couple of lucky breaks: a guy picking up rubbish at the side of the road who handed in a document that tied him to one of the attacks, and the fact that one of his eight victims survived.

Even so, Reid may not have been brought to book had he not shown up at the home of his former boss, who exhibited incredible courage and presence of mind after realising the terrible trouble he was in.

Reid was tried separately for his crimes, and at the time this documentary was made, he was on death row. He died of natural causes last November aged 55.


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