'Killer' Kilpatrick gushes about serial killers, colds


“Killer” likes serial killers. Who knew?

Bernard Kilpatrick, known on the street and in political backrooms by his nickname “Killer,” chatted during a break in the trial Tuesday about his favorite TV shows, his son’s health and the dangers of domestic flights.

Bernard Kilpatrick leaving federal court Aug. 8.

Here’s some color from my colleague Tom Greenwood, who endured a four-hour stint on U.S. District Judge Nancy Edmunds’s unforgiving hardwood benches to file this dispatch:

“I got into the courtroom at about 8:25 a.m. At 8:30 a.m. it was just me and Bernard. He was wearing a brown pinstriped suit. He seemed very pensive as he looked around the empty courtroom.

A few minutes later a female court employee greeted him and he lit up. Started talking about Kwame and what a terrible cold he caught over the weekend during a speaking engagement in California.

“He was walking to a pharmacy and got caught in the rain,” Bernard told her.

“He was in San Francisco on Friday and there was that cold wind coming in off the ocean. Then he flew to Los Angeles to see his sister and from there to Dallas. Then he had to fly here to Detroit.”

Bernard went on to talk about two of his favorite TV shows: Homeland and Dexter.

“Dexter is a serial killer, but he only kills bad people,” Bernard said.

Robert Snell
Robert Snell is the Detroit News federal courts reporter. He can be reached at rsnell@detnews.com or (313) 222-2028.