Convicted killer known as Zombie Hunter says life on death row is cold and the food is ‘not good’

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Bryan Patrick Miller He did not testify at his recent murder trial for killing two young women in the early 1990s, but when a “48 Hours” producer contacted him by email, he was ready to talk about the case.

Miller continued to deny murdering Angela Brosso and Melanie Bernas despite Judge Suzanne Cohen finding him guilty in a bench trial. Cohen sentenced Miller to death in June 2023. Under Arizona law, the case will automatically be appealed.

Bryan Patrick Miller
Bryan Patrick Miller was sentenced to death in June 2023.

Arizona Department of Corrections

He was asked to explain how his DNA was found on the bodies. Of both women, Miller wrote, “That’s the million-dollar question.”

“If I had a demonstrable answer for that, I wouldn’t be in this situation now, right?” he answered. “It’s a question I’d like answered and everyone is so convinced I did it that it will go unanswered.”

Miller is on death row in what he calls SMU, which is short for Special Management Unit at the Eyman Correctional Complex in Florence, Arizona. He may surprise those unfamiliar with prison, but even death row inmates have access to email.

When asked about life on death row, Miller wrote: “It’s better than the county jail, but it’s obvious that the isolation has taken its toll on many people here. From what I saw of the people on death row, county jail compared to here, most “The people here are nowhere near what I would consider the worst of the worst. “It’s much safer than anywhere else in prison, although they have nothing to lose.”

He continued: “…it’s far from great as I’m even more isolated from my loved ones and also my legal team, the food is still not good and the cells are getting very cold now that the temperatures are dropping,” wrote. .

Miller expressed bitterness about his trial, which took place nearly eight years after his arrest and nearly 30 years after the first murder in the case. “How is a person supposed to defend themselves and prove anything for a crime that happened decades ago?” he asks.

He said he disagrees with psychological experts called by his defense attorneys who said he had dissociative amnesia and remembered nothing about the murders of Brosso and Bernas. He repeated his position: “I maintain that I did not commit the murders.”

The murders of Brosso and Bernas, which became known as the canal murders, appear in “Unmasking the Zombie Hunter” now streaming on Paramount+.

Bryan Patrick Miller dressed as “Zombie Hunter”.

Ben Garcia

After Miller was identified as a person of interest in 2014, cold case detective Clark Schwartzkopf examined Miller’s social media accounts and discovered that Miller had adopted a new persona around 2014. Miller began participating in walkabouts. zombies in Phoenix and designed a homemade costume with a menacing character. mask and a fake Gatling gun, Schwartzkopf said. He also drove an old police car decorated with the words Zombie Hunter on the back.

His lawyers presented a defense that essentially blamed Miller’s mother, Ellen for the person he became. Miller’s lawyers said Ellen, who died in 2010, had abused him as a child, creating mental health problems. Cohen agreed that Miller had been abused when he was a child after hearing psychological evidence during the eight-month trial.

“My mother was not a very good person in many ways, but what helped was that when I was an adult, she acknowledged that she had done horrible things to me and apologized,” Miller wrote.

When detectives arrested Miller in 2015, he was a divorced father raising a teenage daughter. Friends and even a detective who worked on the case said Miller seemed to treat his daughter well. Not seeing her, Miller says, is what he regrets most about being incarcerated.

“What I miss most is spending time with my daughter and my friends,” he wrote.

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