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911 call from accused murderer reveals Taylor Swift obsession

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Travis Reinking (Source: Metro Nashville PD) Travis Reinking (Source: Metro Nashville PD)

A 911 call, made almost a year before Sunday’s Waffle House Massacre, revealed a desperate Travis Reinking calling the police for help believing pop star Taylor Swift was stalking him.

The News4 I-Team obtained the 911 call made on March 18, 2017, along with police records from Salida, CO, where Reinking lived for seven months.

“I have somebody stalking me around own and I not appreciate it,” Reinking said in the 9-1-1 call.

When the operator asked who was stalking him, Reinking replied, “Taylor Swift.”

He then went on to make more bizarre claims.

They're stalking me on the internet, there's stalking in person. Everywhere I go. I'm pretty sure the police here are involved in it,” Reinking said. “Somehow they're getting on my Facebook, they're getting on my YouTube, they're getting on my Netflix, and they're changing the videos I see as they pop up.”

The call echoes concerns raised in 2016 by Reinking’s own family about his obsession with Taylor Swift.

The call came after a relatively quiet period when Reinking came to Salida after landing a job as a crane operator at the Rocky Mountain Crane Company.

After the Waffle House murders, Salida Det. Sgt. Rob Martellaro was asked to investigate Reinking’s connection to the town.

As part of his investigation, he interviewed his former bosses and a co-worker, who described him as quiet, a good worker but delusional at times.

“Intelligent, almost to the borderline genius. But then had some real mental issues as far as being paranoid,” Martellaro said.

Martellaro wrote in his investigative report that a co-worker said Reinking was obsessed with Swift, claiming that be purchased a $14,000 ring for her and drove to California to try and meet her.

“Always talked about how he was going to marry her,” Martellaro said.

Reinking also told co-workers that he was openly gay.

The co-worker also told Martellaro that he knew Reinking had four guns at his home, but that no one considered him dangerous.

“They knew he was mentally not all there, that was more for being paranoid with his fascination with Taylor Swift,” Martellaro said.

Martellaro said an officer went to Reinking’s home and spoke to him for 20 minutes, but found that he was in no danger to himself.

The owner of the crane company, Ken Sustrich, told the investigator that Reinking quit the company under “interesting circumstances that stemmed from him being paranoid that the police were following him.”

Sustrich told the investigator that he contacted Reinking’s father, Jeff, that he had concerns about Reinking’s mental health.

Sustrich said Reinking's’ father said he was aware of his son’s mental issues and was trying to rekindle their relationship.

The report reads that Reinking contacted Darlene Sustrich, the wife of the company’s owner, and told her he was living in Nashville and was working at a warehouse.

Darlene Sustrich said Reinking said he was doing good and seemed alright.

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