Nashville “Music City” is all about guitars, southern hospitality, and history. It is home to the Grand Ole Opry, the Ryman Auditorium, and Andrew Jackson’s home, “The Hermitage.” It is also the home of numerous notorious crimes, a dark side that has made national headlines and the subjects of several books, crime television shows, newspaper headlines, and debate.
Here are four cases that made national headlines and remain popular topics in discussions about crime, in and around Nashville. These crimes left so many people mourning, and changed the city forever.
Paul Dennis Reid, Jr. (11-12-57 – 11-01-13), “ The Fast Food Killer”
He murdered at least seven innocent victims during his living in Nashville in the late 1990’s. He is suspected of more, to include a Shoney’s manager and “The Bowling Alley Massacre” in 1980’s Houston where three were killed and one wounded. Reid was ‘the perfect neighbor,” living in east Nashville; he was working and going to the gym in the Hermitage – Donelson area. Reid was convicted in seven counts of first degree-murder after apprehension in June 1997. While his victims continued to mourn their lost loved ones, Reid died quietly from complications due to pneumonia, heart failure, and upper respiratory issues; his family was allowed to visit his deathbed. (Learn more HERE)
Murder of Marsha Virginia Trimble (02-25-75)
She was a cute, sweet little girl. Marsha was nine years old in 1975 when she left her home to collect Girl Scout cookie money; she never returned. Her body was discovered 33 days later in a shed near the Trimble home. The case was investigated by the FBI, state, and local police. It was a time when missing children were not broadcast over local media, and in a neighborhood where such crime seemed improbable. In 2008, career criminal Jerome Sydney Barrett, 60, was charged with first-degree murder and felony in the case of Marcia Trimble. The case was solved in part through DNA. Marsha left behind a grieving family and friends, all who will never recover.
Disappearance of Tabitha Danielle Tuders (04-29-03)
She was last seen walking to the bus stop about 7:00 a.m. on April 29, 2003 near her home in east Nashville. She was never seen again. Tabitha loved Dr. Pepper and Slim Jim beef stick snacks. Tabitha Tuders is one of Nashville’s most baffling missing child cases. Her case has been labeled “Missing – Endangered.” Thousands of hours each year have been spent seeking information and following leads. The Nashville Metro Police Department urges anyone with any information to please call 1-615-862-8600.
The murder of Janet March (08-15-96)
Janet Gail Levine March went missing from the Nashville mansion where she lived with her attorney husband and their two children. The missing woman’s photograph and information became part of the city vernacular, synonymous with “missing person.” Subsequent investigation revealed on the night of Thursday, Aug. 15, 1996 husband Perry A. March murdered his wife, stuffing her tiny body into a leaf bag. Their children, aged 5 and 2, were asleep in the home during the crime. March drove the remains to a remote area. March’s father Arthur removed the bag later to dump it into a brush pile near Bowling Green, Kentucky. In 2006, March was tried and convicted. Both Perry and his father Arthur were sentenced to prison. Arthur is deceased, while Perry continues to serve time, eligible for parole in 2038. Janet’s loved ones have no remains to bury. Her children grow without her love and support.