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.

Apparel company The North Face recently stated that it would no longer make jackets for oil and gas companies because it doesn't want to be associated with the fossil fuel industry. In response, Colorado-based oil and gas company Liberty Oilfield Services rented full billboard ads to remind The North Face of the truth: "Globally, 60% of all clothing fibers are made out of oil and gas. For North Face, it is likely 90% or more."

Liberty CEO Chris Wright joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Tuesday to discuss just how much of our economy — beyond outdoor apparel and energy — wouldn't exist in a world without fossil fuels. And he warns that many companies are now deeming this truth to be "controversial."

"I have been for years, trying to get a real, honest dialogue about energy going," Chris told Glenn. "So we took this opportunity to point out that North Face jackets are ... almost completely made out of oil and gas. How can you choose not to associate with the essential material your equipment [is] made out of? So we put a billboard up ... the billboard says, 'That North Face puffer looks good on you. And it was made from fossil fuels.'"

"Most billboard companies did not want to run that billboard. They thought it was controversial," he added. "And Facebook put a hold on our brief video just saying the jacket looks good, this is what it's made out of. In today's world, that is controversial."

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During a lecture at the Yale School of Medicine's Child Study Center, a New York City-based psychiatrist told students and faculty that she fantasizes about "unloading a revolver into the head of any white person that got in my way," among several other shockingly race-hating statements.

In April, Dr. Aruna Khilanani — a New York-based forensic psychiatrist and psychoanalyst — delivered the talk called "The Psychopathic Problem of the White Mind" virtually as part of the Yale School of Medicine's "Child Study Center Grand Rounds," a lecture program for "trainees in child psychiatry, psychology, and social work, faculty, clinicians, and scientists."

On the radio program Monday, Glenn Beck shared several quotes from an audio recording of the lecture provided by Bari Weiss, a former opinion writer and editor for the New York Times.

Here are a few of Khilanani's statements from the audio:

  • "This is the cost of talking to white people at all. The cost of your own life, as they suck you dry. There are no good apples out there. White people make my blood boil."
  • "I had fantasies of unloading a revolver into the head of any white person that got in my way, burying their body, and wiping my bloody hands as I walked away relatively guiltless with a bounce in my step. Like I did the world a f***ing favor."
  • "White people are out of their minds. And they have been for a long time."
  • "White people feel that we are bullying them when we bring up race. They feel that we should be thanking them for all that they have done for us. They are confused, and so are we. We keep forgetting that directly talking about race is a waste of our breath."
  • "We are asking a demented, violent predator who thinks that they are a saint or a superhero, to accept responsibility. It ain't gonna happen. They have five holes in their brain. It's like banging your head against a brick wall. It's just like sort of not a good idea."

"We must take a stand. We must speak out, because this is evil," Glenn said in response to Khilanani's shocking lecture. "I don't care who you voted for, you know this is evil."

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The prices of our houses and food are already rising fast, but they will skyrocket to record highs if we don't fix the problem soon. So what's causing the inflation?

On the radio program this week, Glenn Beck said he doesn't believe it's the fault of our loggers, farmers, or truckers — many of them are really struggling. But the big corporations that control these industries are making record profits, all while the Biden administration is making some very odd decisions that could make the crises even worse.

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The crisis at the border continues to worsen, with the U.S. Border Patrol recently releasing some shocking statistics that illuminate just how bad the situation has become. But Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R) is doing everything he can to prevent any additional unlawful crossings into the Lone Star State.

Abbott joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Wednesday to describe recent action he has taken to ensure that those who do cross into Texas illegally know they came to the "wrong state."

After noting that both President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris "have completely abandoned post as it concerns the Texas border," Abbott explained how "Texas is stepping up" to combat the flood of dangerous gangs and cartels, human traffickers and drugs he says are pouring into border communities.

"Beginning in March, I deployed a thousand Texas Department of Public Safety officers to the border. I deployed the National Guard to the border. And they made well over a thousand arrests of some of these criminals we talked about. They've apprehended more than 33,000 illegal immigrants coming across the border." Abbott said. "But because of the way the Biden administration has abandoned the border, we are now elevating our game. What I did yesterday, in response to more than a dozen counties along the border ... I granted their request for a disaster declaration," he added.

Abbott went on to describe how his disaster declaration gives Texas the authority to toughen penalties for lawbreakers, including criminal trespassing, smuggling, and human trafficking.

"We're going to begin arresting everybody coming across the border and charging them with criminal trespass and putting them in jail. They are coming in here, thinking they'll get the Biden free-ride, and go wherever they want to go. Not in the state of Texas. We'll start arresting them right and left, and putting them behind bars, and saying they came in to the wrong state."

Asked by Glenn if he is prepared for the inevitable "media onslaught", Abbott simply answered, "We're prepared to see a reduction in the number of people coming across the border — because Texas is enforcing the law, period."

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