Detective Pat Postiglione is understood for his good reminiscence, however this one homicide he says he’ll at all times bear in mind for a way mindless it was.
It was March 17, 1990, and Gul Telwar, 55, a local of Afghanistan who taught economics at Tennessee State College and in addition labored as a used automobile vendor, had been brutally shot to dying. Postiglione was celebrating his daughter’s birthday when he obtained the decision.
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Postiglione, a New York Metropolis native with over 25 years of expertise as a Nashville murder detective, is acknowledged for remembering each element of the crimes he has been tasked to unravel. Postiglione is the host of a brand new true-crime sequence on Investigation Discovery (ID) titled “Lethal Recall,” which chronicles a few of these surprising slayings and the way he was in a position to clear up them.
Households and buddies of the victims, together with Telwar’s daughter Lisa, participated within the docuseries.
Postiglione advised Fox Information he agreed to seem within the present as a result of these family members can be concerned.
“[This show] goes to permit the households to have the ability to converse who their family members have been, what they might have been, what they aspired to,” he defined. “That’s what propelled me into agreeing to do the present was due to the households who would be capable to inform the tales. In different phrases, converse for the victims.”
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Postiglione moved to Nashville in 1980 after visiting the town whereas on trip. He and his spouse fortunately raised their three kids in Nashville whereas he immersed himself in fixing crimes. Postiglione admitted Telwar’s dying hit near dwelling.
“He was a father, I’m a father,” mentioned Postiglione. “As a matter of reality, the day Gul Telwar was killed was my daughter’s sixth birthday. So I used to be within the means of celebrating her birthday after I bought referred to as out on Gul Telwar’s dying.”
In “Lethal Recall,” viewers realized how Telwar was a devoted household man who juggled a number of jobs to make ends meet. Nonetheless, the professor had no concept of the risks that got here with operating a used automobile lot.
“He needed to promote used automobiles to assist his household,” mentioned Postiglione. “He was elevating a number of kids… He didn’t notice on the time there was a [dark] underbelly to the used automobile enterprise, and in the end the underbelly of the used automobile enterprise is what led to his dying.”
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In 1991, a legal courtroom convicted Ronnie Oller of premeditated homicide, housebreaking and theft within the capturing dying of Telwar, his former boss, The Tennessean reported. The then 27-year-old mentioned he drove his brother-in-law, Terry Lee Blanford, to Telwar’s automobile lot on the morning of March 17 so Blanford may steal a truck. In accordance with the publication, the jury heard Oller inform police detectives in a videotaped assertion that he and Blanford “joked” about capturing Telwar and he gave Blanford the gun used within the crime.
On the time, Oller testified that he fabricated that story for police in hopes that they’d “go simple on” his spouse Penny Oller, who gave start two days after she rode together with her husband and Oller to Telwar’s enterprise.
The Tennessean added Telwar employed Oller to handle the automobile lot, however then accused him of stealing $3,750 that Telwar had entrusted to him to purchase three pickup vans. In accordance with police, Blanford admitted capturing Telwar after breaking into his workplace and ready for him to reach for work. Blanford additionally advised police the capturing was Oller’s concept and that the gun he used belonged to Oller.
Nashville Scene beforehand reported Telwar was serving to Oller with bills associated to his spouse’s being pregnant earlier than his homicide.
Postiglione mentioned after the dispute over cash, Telwar had filed a police report shortly earlier than his dying.
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“The police report was filed, after which inside two days Gul Telwar was lifeless,” mentioned Postiglione. “We had a number of completely different suspects that we have been . Folks that had made threats, folks that have been concerned within the enterprise that regarded like potential suspects. We investigated all of them. It got here down to those two. And because it seems, these two have been those that did it.”
Postiglione admitted he was nonetheless shocked that Oller and Blanford can be keen to take part in such a heinous crime.
“What stunned me probably the most is the entire senselessness of the act the place their aim was to steal automobiles, promote automobiles,” Postiglione defined. “They might have completed that… [but] they selected to attend for the sufferer to return in there, after which kill the sufferer. It didn’t must occur that manner. If theft was their solely intent, they might have actually completed that whereas the sufferer was not there, however they selected to do it whereas the sufferer was coming in and wait on the sufferer to get there, which is exactly what they did. It’s such a mindless factor. To me, that was the largest shock. It is not sensible what they did.”
Postiglione confirmed Oller and Blanford have been each sentenced to life in jail. And whereas Postiglione has helped deliver justice to Telwar’s household, he nonetheless stays in contact with Lisa.
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“She’s a unbelievable particular person and she or he’s extremely supportive of the police division,” mentioned Postiglione. “The detective is a lifeline to the households. Actually a lifeline. And that’s the way it was with Lisa. We have been in a position to deliver some closure, and arrest, and reply some questions for the household.”
Telwar’s dying was a part of what true crime creator Michael Arntfield described as “the darkish age” in Nashville, when homicides have been rampant under the Mason-Dixon between 1975 and 2007. In Arntfield’s e-book titled “Monster Metropolis,” he targeted on the various serial killers Postiglione was accountable for capturing.
“I’d say again in 1990, I’d solely been in murder for 3 years,” mentioned Postiglione. “I went into murder in 1987. We had quite a lot of homicides averaging 80 to 100 homicides per yr, and for Nashville, that’s quite a lot of homicides. In 1990 we had just a few serial killers beginning to come by. I can’t clarify why that was. I believe it’s due to the interstate system… However in the course of the early ‘90s, we had some LA affect coming, and a few gangs coming in from Los Angeles, and that created quite a lot of the homicides for us.”
Postiglione hopes “Lethal Recall” will provide audiences a glimpse into the lives of detectives, and the tireless work that entails to assist family members in want.
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“Murder detectives, for probably the most half, are extremely devoted to the households, to the victims, to making an attempt to unravel the case, to making an attempt to deliver some kind of justice, some kind of closure for the households,” mentioned Postiglione. “On the identical time, I believe you’ll additionally get the household’s viewpoint about their cherished one who had been brutally murdered, whether or not it’s Gul Telwar and any of the opposite victims that we cowl. You get to see a unique perspective on the sufferer different than simply being a murder statistic.”
“Lethal Recall” premieres March 5 at 10 p.m. on ID.