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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Nashville's most accomplished homicide detective is cleaning out his desk. After 32 years, most of it working on high-profile murder cases, Metro Police Detective Pat Postiglione is calling it a career on Thursday. Tuesday, Scott Couch sat down with Sergeant Postiglione to talk about what's next and the case he wishes he was able to crack.
"It's difficult to find a good time to walk away when you work homicides because there's always another case, there's always another victim, there's always another door to knock on," says Postiglione.
Less than a week removed from his latest success, an arrest in the 1996 cold case murders of Tiffany Campbell and Melissa Chilton, Detective Sgt. Pat Postiglione is closing his personal case file.
"There's no way to avoid having regrets," says Postiglione. "You wish you'd solve this case. You wish you maybe could have solved that case. I think in time all the cases will be solved. I'm hopeful the Carl Williams case will be solved, give the family some closure."
For Postiglione, the Williams case is the one that got away. Carl Williams was shot to death on the side of I40 near Old Hickory Blvd in 1994 - no known motive or suspects. Unfinished business for this veteran detective. It is the cases he cracked Postiglione will be remembered for - the Marcia Trimble case - bringing Perry March to justice for killing his wife Janet and plotting to kill her parents, and sending notorious serial killer Paul Dennis Reid to death row for killing 5 Nashville restaurant workers.
"In my whole time in homicide I don't think we saw a several month period as scary as it was during that time," says Postiglione. "As police, we put a lot of pressure on ourselves."
As he walks away, Postiglione tells us he feels lucky to have found his niche - solving mysteries - giving a voice to victims who could no longer speak for themselves. Postiglione is one of about 60 Metro employees to take advantage of an early retirement incentive. After a little time off, Postiglione is headed to the District Attorney's office where he will focus on what he does best - homicide cases.
Tuesday, February 26 2013, 10:45 PM CST
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May 20, 2013 18:46 GMT
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- Fire officials say a man's body was found in a burned house in Memphis.
The Memphis Fire Department says 35 firefighters and other emergency personnel responded to a blaze Monday morning at a one-story house in the Uptown neighborhood.
Firefighters searched the home after they put out the blaze. Fire officials say the body of a man was found in the living room area.
The man's identity has not yet been released. The cause of death is being investigated.
Officials say the home has fire, water and smoke damage. The cause of the fire also is under investigation.
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