Episode 50

Does Michael Magliolo Have More Victims?

May 18, 2020   Tags: , , , , ,
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Killer on the Highway: Long haul trucker. An occupation that employs almost two million people. It’s also a job that is ideal for serial killers. In 2017, the FBI said they had a list of 400 serial killer suspects and over 700 identified victims. 

The case this week focused on a "thumper"-a man who travelled with truck drivers to load and unload. This man had the same victim pool as serial killers who are truck drivers like Keith Jespersen and Bruce Mendenhall. 

Michael Magliolo:
Michael Magliolo was a McDonald's employee in Texas. Any time he had days off, he would hitch rides with truck drivers and travel the country. Depending on the location, he would go on the prowl for a murder victim. We know of three locations in which this happened-Ohio, Tennessee, and Louisiana. 

30-year-old Ida Mae Bladen was from Over-the-Rhine, Ohio. She was a sex worker who unfortunately came across Michael Magliolo on one of his trips. 

He booked a night at the Dennison Hotel on Vine Street in downtown Cincinnati. On Friday, September 27th, 1991 an employee entered room 409 and discovered Bladen murdered. She had been strangled, sexually assaulted and beaten. A lamp cord was around her neck and a pillow case covered her face. 

The employee described the man who checked into the hotel. They said he was in his 30’s, about 5’7”, between 150-160 pounds. He had a thin build. The man had given a TX address and commented he'd just arrived that Thursday.

Exactly a week later, at the Esquire Motel, in Nashville, Tennessee a similar discovery was made. Donna Bacot's body was discovered in a room rented by another man from Texas-a "Terry Campbell." According to Donna's sister they'd met the man in a local bar. Later, the man turned up at Donna's home where she was babysitting her sister's children. 

Donna left with the man and went to the hotel. When Detective Pat Postiglione arrived on scene he paid attention to every detail. Donna had been strangled and a piece of towel wrapped around her neck. A pillow case was also covering her face and the entire motel room was soaked. 

Roughly a year later, Postiglione finally located "Terry Campbell." Campbell AKA Michael Magliolo was stopped for a DUI in Texas. His prints matched those found at Bladen's murder scene. Postiglione and the Ohio detectives interviewed Magliolo. During the interview, he admitted to murdering a man in Louisiana. 

Michael Magliolo didn't admit to any other murders to law enforcement. He later told reporters he killed 12 people. It's unknown whether that number included the murders we know about. 

We are looking for any information on any possible cases that could be tracked back to Michael Magliolo. Magliolo is believed to have been actively killing from 1977 to 1991. Based on where he admits to traveling the unknown murders could be in Arkansas, Tennessee, Ohio, Texas, Pennsylvania, and Louisiana. If you have any leads, please contact us.   


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As tips come in, Jensen and Holes will work to verify them. If they look good, we will publish them here to try and get us closer to their names.