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.

On the radio program Tuesday, Glenn Beck broke down today's inflation, explaining what it is and giving proof that those at the top — politicians and world elite — continue to take advantage of our declining economy to advance their own agenda. He also revealed how a recent decision by Citibank and powerful investment management company, BlackRock, not only puts the U.S. further behind but also allows for China to gain worldwide control.

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For the first time in the history of "The Glenn Beck Program," former President Donald Trump joined Glenn to give his take on America's direction under President Joe Biden compared to his own administration. He explained why Biden's horrific Afghanistan withdrawal was "not even a little bit" like his plan, and why he thinks it was "the most embarrassing event in the history of our country."

Plus, the former president gave his opinion on China's potential takeover of Bagram Air Base, the Pakistani Prime Minister, and Gen. Mark A. Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Glenn asked President Trump how similar the Biden administration's withdrawal from Afghanistan was to his administration's plan.

"Not even a little bit," Trump answered. "We had a great plan, but it was a very tenuous plan. It was based on many conditions. For instance, you can't kill American soldiers. ... You have to understand, I did want to get out. But I wanted to get out with dignity, and I wanted to take our equipment out. And I didn't want soldiers killed. ... What [Biden] did was just indefensible. He took the military out first and he left all the people. And then we became beggars to get the people out. I had a plan to get them out very quickly. But first, the Americans would go out."

Trump told Glenn that his plan included maintaining Bagram Air Base and explained why he would not have left "a single nail" behind in Afghanistan for the Taliban to seize.

"We were going to keep Bagram open," he explained. "We were never going to close that because, frankly, Bagram is more about China than it is about Afghanistan. It was practically on the other border of China. And now we've lost that. And you know who is taking it over? China is taking it over. We spend $10 billion to build that base. It's got the longest, most powerful runways in the world. And China has now got its representatives there and it looks like they'll take it over. Glenn, it's not believable what's happened. You know, they have Apache helicopters. These are really expensive weapons, and they have 28 of them. And they're brand-new. The latest model."

Glenn mentioned recent reports that Gen. Milley, America's top military officer, made "secret phone calls" to his counterpart in China while President Trump was in office.

"I learned early on that he was a dope," Trump said of Gen. Milley. "He made a statement to me — and I guarantee that's what happened to Biden — because I said, 'We're getting out of Afghanistan. We have to do it.' And I said, 'I want every nail. I want every screw. I want every bolt. I want every plane. I want every tank. I want it all out, down to the nails, screws, bolts ... I want every single thing. And he said, 'Sir, it's cheaper to leave it than it is to bring it.'

"The airplane might have cost $40 million, $50 million ... millions and millions of dollars. So, you think it's cheaper to leave it than to have 200 pilots fly over and fly all the equipment out? ... I said, you've got to be nuts. I mean, give me a tank of gas and a pilot and I just picked up a $40 million-dollar airplane. It was amazing. So, I learned early that this guy is a dope. But what he did, is he hurt our country ... and he shouldn't have been allowed to do it. And bad things should happen to him."

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In a shocking but underreported conversation ahead of the G7 Speakers' meeting in London last week, Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi admitted that the administration knows China is committing "genocide" against the Uyghurs in the Xinjiang region, but thinks working with the regime on climate change is more important.

On the radio program, an outraged Glenn Beck dissected Pelosi's speech and broke down how — along with the Biden administration's abandonment of Americans in Afghanistan, and the Democrat decision to follow measures of medical "equity" — the far left is revealing how little they really care about human life.

Glenn played a video clip of Pelosi making the following statement:

We've always felt connected to China, but with their military aggression in the South China Sea, with their continuation of genocide with the Uyghurs in Xinjiang province there, with their violation of the cultural, linguistic, religious priority of Tibet, with their suppression of democracy in Hong Kong and other parts of China, as well – they're just getting worse in terms of suppression, and freedom of speech. So, human rights, security, economically [sic].

Having said all of that ... we have to work together on climate. Climate is an overriding issue and China is the leading emitter in the world, the U.S. too and developed world too, but we must work together.

"We have Nancy Pelosi admitting the United States of America knows that they're not only committing [genocide], they're continuing to commit it. Which means, we've known for a while," Glenn noted. "And what does she say? She goes on to say, yes, they're committing genocide against the Uyghurs, but having said that, I'm quoting, 'the overriding issue,' is working together on climate change.

"Would we have worked with Hitler on climate change? Would we have worked with Hitler on developing the bomb? Would we have worked with Hitler on developing the Autobahn? Would we have worked with Hitler on his socialized medicine? Would we have worked with Hitler on any of his national, socialist ideas?" he asked.

"The answer is no. No. When you're committing genocide, no! She said 'we have to work together on climate,' because climate is the 'overriding issue.' The overriding issue? There is no way to describe this mindset. That, yes, they are killing an entire group of people because of their ethnicity or religion. They are systematically rounding them up, using them for slave labor, and killing them, using their organs and selling them on the open market. They are nothing more than cattle. For us to recognize it and do nothing about it is bad enough. But to say, 'we recognize it, but we have bigger things to talk to them about,' is a horror show."

Glenn went on to urge Americans to "stand up together in love, peace, and harmony," or risk watching our nation become the worst plague on human life yet.

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The fall of Lehman Brothers in 2008 marked the largest bankruptcy filing in U.S. history and economic collapse was felt throughout the world. But now China's own version of Lehman Brothers, Evergrande, is teetering closer and closer to that edge, too. On the radio program Thursday, Glenn Beck gave the latest update and predicted how it will affect Asian markets and what it could mean for America's economy.

Glenn explained why he believes a major collapse that is happening now in China will have a cascading effect into a "controlled collapse," a managed decline that will dramatically change America's economy and the way we all live.

"You will not recognize your lifestyle. Hear me," Glenn warned. "And that's not a right-left thing. That's a right-wrong thing. We're on the wrong track. I'm telling you now, there's new information and you are not going to recognize the American lifestyle. ... It could happen tomorrow. It could happen in five years from now, but it will happen. We are headed for a very different country. One where you don't have the rights that you have. And you certainly don't have the economic privileges that Americans are used to."

"The same thing that happened in 2008 is now happening in China," Glenn continued. "This time, it's going to take everything down. When it collapses, it will take everything down."

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