Glenn Beck: Florence Monster




GLENN: 888-727-BECK, 888-727-BECK. Welcome to the program. We have Doug Preston on with us. He's the author of many best selling books. His newest is The Monster of Florence and I have to tell you, Doug, I haven't read it yet. I have it on my stack on the table and the guys in on my staff that have read it said, Glenn, buckle up. This is not a fiction book. This is a real life murderer, serial killer in Italy and one of the most brutal murderers of all time, right?

PRESTON: That's right. He was The Monster of Florence. He killed people in the Tuscan hills for 11 years.

GLENN: But it wasn't that he just killed people. This is the guy that they think that Hannibal Lecter was based on?

PRESTON: That's right. In Hannibal, Harris tells a little bit about The Monster of Florence, fictionalizes it. Otherwise the story hasn't been told in English.

GLENN: So what is the story?

PRESTON: Well, the way I discovered the story was I moved to Florence with my family. We always had this dream about living in Italy and I rented a beautiful 14th century villa in the hills outside the city and then I discovered that the olive Grove right outside the villa had been the scene of one of the most horrific double killings in Italian history and because I'm a writer of thrillers, I was more intrigued and dismayed and so I looked into it and discovered The Monster of Florence.

GLENN: And what did he do?

PRESTON: Well, between 1974 and 1985 he would stalk and kill lovers in parked cars in the hills of Florence and then he would perform a very ritualistic mutilation of the woman that was extremely disturbing. And he's never been identified. He's still at-large.

GLENN: Okay. So you go, you go over to Italy and you're renting this villa and you hear about this. And then you team up with a journalist over in Italy, right?

PRESTON: That's right. I looked up the fella who covered the crime in the local paper and he told me the story. I thought, this is incredible. And so the two of us got together. We decided we would try to find out the truth, we would try to identify The Monster of Florence and he had all kinds of information, you know, that, going back years.

GLENN: But then the police come to pick him up and you.

PRESTON: That's right. I'll never forget. One day I left my apartment. I was walking down the street to get my wife a cappuccino for her morning coffee and my cell phone rang and this voice said, is this Mr. Preston? And I said, yes. And he said, well, this is the police. Don't move. We are coming to you right now. And they came and they picked me up. They hauled me into an interrogation. They accused me of heinous crimes, of being an accessory to murder, of being -- planting false evidence and doing all kinds of other things.

GLENN: Wait, wait, wait, wait. So how did that happen? Why did they think that you were a suspect?

PRESTON: What happened was when Mario and I started looking into this case, we came to very different conclusions of the police. The police thought there was a satanic sect, that it was a group of noblemen who were killing these women in order to obtain body parts for black masses. Well, Mario and I -- 

GLENN: Holy cow.

PRESTON: I know, it's incredible.

GLENN: Wait, wait. These -- I'm not looking for the blood. Give me as much information as you can without, you know, vomiting on what the guy did, what -- he was taking organs from people?

PRESTON: He did. He took organs from the women, and the police's theory was that they were using these organs as the blasphemous wafer in these black masses. Now, that may sound crazy to us Americans, but in Italy this sort of theory is believed. People believe it.

GLENN: So they were taking the body parts, a group of noblemen would take the body parts and make them into the anti- Eucharist, if you will.

PRESTON: Exactly.

GLENN: And serve them -- do these masses exist over there?

PRESTON: No, they don't. This is a crazy theory. I mean, there's no evidence for it. But, let's put it this way. There may be crazy people who do that in Italy or elsewhere but in this particular case there's absolutely no evidence for it. And when Mario Spezi and I started investigating, we uncovered a report that had been prepared for the Italians by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the famous behavioral science unit, a psychological profile of The Monster of Florence that said this is a lone psychopathic serial killer. Now, they suppressed this report because it didn't fit their theories. Well, we took this report and we identified a person using this information and we went to his house at night, at 10:00 at night, knocked on his door. He let us in and we interviewed him. At the end of the interview we asked him, are you The Monster of Florence. I'm afraid I can't -- I can't tell you what he said on national radio.

GLENN: Wait, wait, wait, wait.

PRESTON: It was terrifying.

GLENN: Why do you even bring that up? Is it in the book?

PRESTON: It is in the book, yes.

GLENN: You've got to be able to tell us a little bit of what he said. You can't just -- 

PRESTON: Well, I'll -- 

GLENN: "Yes, and so he had the secret to the universe and..." well, I've got to stop there.

GLENN: He said, I'm not The Monster of Florence, I like making love to women who are alive. But in this very chilling interview, he dropped information. It was almost like he was teasing us, Glenn. It was an amazing thing. He was smiling and charming. He had great charisma. He was almost -- he reminded me of young Robert DeNiro, extraordinary person. Always smiling, even when he saw the drift of the questions were zeroing in on him and he never lost his cool. And he played with us. He toyed with us. And he dropped information about the murders that only the killer could have known, stuff that was in the medical examiner's report that was never published in the papers.

GLENN: So then how did the police decide that you guys were the killers?

PRESTON: Well, we threatened to undo, overturn 10 or 20 years of investigation and many millions of dollars spent and make them look like fools. And so they came after us hammer and tongs. First they searched Mario's house. They took away all our -- we were writing a book about The Monster of Florence, this book. They took away his computer, all his notes, everything. The only way he was able to save some material was he put a computer diskette down into his pants when they arrived. And then they interrogated me and they indicted me. They didn't just threaten me but they actually indicted me for very serious felonies and basically told me to leave Italy. And I did. I mean, I was scared to death. I left the next day with my family.

GLENN: What was your wife's reaction to all of this? I mean, here you are, you are doing some investigation or writing a book and you could go to jail forever. Was your family ever in any danger?

PRESTON: Well, my wife's reaction was as you might expect. She was, you know, Doug, what do you think you are doing? Here we moved to Italy to live our dream under the Tuscan sun and what have you got yourself involved in? You're way over your head. And, you know, there was some truth in that. And she was also worried about our children. They were 5 and 6 years old when we moved there. But I became obsessed like Mario, my partner, was obsessed with finding the truth, uncovering this killer. And it draws you in. It's like a treasure hunt. You keep thinking the next hole you dig is going to strike.

Glenn Beck joined Fox News' Tucker Carlson on Thursday night to discuss Visa Inc.'s "horrifying" new plans to flag firearm sales by separately categorizing purchases at gun shops, a move that Glenn aptly described as "the next step in banning guns."

In what's been hailed as a major victory for gun control activists, Visa agreed to adopt the International Organization for Standardization's (ISO) new set of standards by creating a special merchant category code for gun and ammunition sales.

In his appearance on "Tucker Carlson Tonight," Glenn shared a letter written by Robert B. Thomson III, a senior vice president at Visa, showing that the credit card company initially pushed back on the ISO's new rules.

“We believe that asking payment networks to serve as a moral authority by deciding which legal goods can or cannot be purchased sets a dangerous precedent,” Thomson wrote in the letter to pro-gun-control lawmakers, including Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts.

Just days later, however, Visa had agreed to comply with the ISO's plan to establish a new merchant category code for gun stores. So why did Visa suddenly flip?

As Glenn explained, it all comes down to pressure from America's largest union-owned bank, the Amalgamated Bank, one of the only unionized banks in the United States and a proud proponent of ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance) investing.

"This is the next step in banning guns," Glenn asserted.

"It's horrifying!" Tucker responded after several seconds of stunned silence.

"I'm so grateful you did the reporting on this," he told Glenn. "I'm not sure why it falls to you since we have a couple of very large daily newspapers in this country you'd think would want to report this, yet none of them did. So, Glenn Beck did."


On a recent episode of "The Glenn Beck Program," Glenn broke down the details of this latest attack on the Second Amendment and revealed how this is a step toward something even worse than federal gun registration. Watch the video clip below for more details. Can't watch? Download the podcast here.


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Glenn Beck: Here's why Stacey Abrams' fetal heartbeat remarks are hilarious but TERRIFYING

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Georgia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams has a new pro-abortion conspiracy theory: "There is no such thing as a [fetal] heartbeat at six weeks ... it is a manufactured sound designed to convince people that men have a right to take control of a woman’s body."

On the radio program Thursday, Glenn Beck and producer Stu Burguiere agreed Abrams' latest "misinformation" is not just ridiculous but could be dangerous if people are actually willing to believe her.

"If you want to defend abortion, go ahead and defend it. Defend what you're actually doing. Stop denying what is reality," Stu said. "If this is such a great defensible policy, then just come out and defend it, but they never can ... you notice how they can't go to the actual thing they say is so important. They keep defending these other things that aren't true."

Glenn said the pro-choice movement was successful for a long time because most people want the decision to be up to the woman and her doctor and that abortion should be safe, legal, and rare. But when leftists began "celebrating" their abortions or calling for "abortion on demand" at any point in the pregnancy, that's when they start to lose support.

"Because they've celebrated abortion and are losing regular people, you can't put that genie back in the bottle. So, what do they have to do now? They have to take the insane step of discrediting medical machines and technology," Glenn said.

"This is after two years, by the way, of them claiming the biggest scandal in the world was people suggesting the voting machines were hacked — after they previously said that voting machines were hacked in elections they [Democrats] lost," Stu pointed out.

"Honestly, gang, think this through because this is where life gets very scary. This is where you go to authoritarian rule and you can kill millions of people because you're truly now discrediting things that everyone knows is true," Glenn warned.

"So, if you disagree ... you can say that is an evil magic box that has made up sounds in it to convince people. If they will buy that, you're at the Salem witch trials. 'If she doesn't float, she wasn't a witch.' That's what you're looking at right now — and what's frightening is, [Abrams] can say this with a straight face and no one discredits her," he continued.

"You don't think that they can convince those people that you are a terrorist because of the way you vote? [...] You don't think they can convince half the country that you should be eliminated, liquidated, put into a camp, whatever authoritarians love to do? ... We are headed towards dangerous, dangerous times. We better wake up and stand together because this is frightening — it's hilarious — but because people are taking it seriously, it is terrifying," Glenn added.

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A big question Glenn Beck has always had about “The Amazing Do-Over” is: How do you get the most powerful and wealthy nation that has ever existed to accept, “You will own nothing … and be happy”? A foundational principle of this country from its very inception has been land ownership. We worked hard, were fiscally responsible, and stayed away from high debt, but the progressive era began to erode all of that.

The Clinton Global Initiative recently gathered the ruling class to tell the plebes how to run their finances and called anyone who dared challenge their ideas “climate change deniers.” Glenn argues we are dangerously far down the “Road to Serfdom” and exposes the progressive playbook to keep us in line. It’s a 600-year-old medieval model that’s been the plan all along.

We’re already feeling economic pain, and yet they’re playing “Game of Thrones” with our lives. Turning us into serfs is their ultimate goal. How do they finish the complete restructuring of the American financial system and our way of life?

On Wednesday night's "Glenn TV," Glenn connects it all on the chalkboard and details the solution to fighting back against the ruling elites.

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These days, it seems like everything is about politics, and comedy has been one of the biggest targets. Many comedians are walking on eggshells, but stand-up comedian and "Saturday Night Live" alum Jim Breuer isn't one of them.

Breuer joined Glenn on the latest episode of "The Glenn Beck Podcast" to talk about why he’d rather be funny than fearful and what inspired his hilarious comedy special, “Somebody Had to Say It," which has garnered almost 1.5 million views as of this writing.

Breuer made it clear that he does not consider himself to be political. "I'm not. I'm 100% not [political]," he told Glenn, before explaining how people started calling him political when he dared to ask questions about a certain shot that we're not allowed to mention, let alone question.

"When did medicine become political?" Breuer asked.

"What kind of price have you paid for being called political?" Glenn asked Breuer.

"To be dead honest with you, once COVID really kicked in, and ... once you realize we're not going to be here, that we're on borrowed time, and I do have God in my life ... you come to terms with reality on a deeper level. And when COVID kicked in, I said, 'You know what? All bets are off.' I already knew I wasn't in control. But now, not only am I not in control from the natural order of life, but now the puppet masters ... are in control," Breuer answered.

"It made me realize I don't have time to worry about what people think of me. I know where I'm at in life. I know where I'm at spiritually. I know where I'm at with my family," he added.

"That's tremendous power," Glenn said. "But it spooks the hell out of people."

"But it shouldn't!" Breuer exclaimed. "I'm excited that other people get this ... but they're stuck. We ain't got time for stuck. To me, this is the time of, 'You gotta rise.' For years and years and years, you allow fear to control your life. Fear of dying. Fear I might get sick ... everything's based out of fear. It's time for the fearless."

Breuer also revealed his secret for dealing with tough times, and he’s seen his share. But he also said he's seen miracles, including the incredible (and hilariously told) story of how he found faith, how God saved his marriage, and why one family friend was convinced his wife belonged to a cult.



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