Hatley, a former St. Petersburg city council candidate who's now a producer on Stern's show, has been the subject of a running joke on the air for months after sharing his dreams of apprehending a criminal under a citizen's arrest.
Stern has relentlessly poked fun at him for the amateur law enforcement aspirations, which drove Hatley, a former Marine, to run toward Times Square in full "terrorist hunting mode" after hearing about a tragic vehicle rampage there in May.
Hatley's dream came up again this morning after he told Stern that he'd traveled to Tampa over Thanksgiving to see family, but wound up in Seminole Heights interviewing people in search of clues about the four murders.
Stern said Hatley had set his e-mail away message to tell people he was "in Tampa investigating a serial killer."
Hatley said several people in the neighborhood agreed to be interviewed by him, and he went to the neighborhood with his father-in-law, a former police officer, "fully armed, in case anything happened" and spent two days investigating.
"I grew up in Tampa so I know people," Hatley said.
"What do you do, you sit down and go 'I'm citizen Brent Hatley ... and I'm doing my profiling work?'," Stern incredulously asked Hatley of the amateur sleuthing. "So what did you discover?"
Producer Gary Dell'Abate chimed in to say that if he was in the FBI and he saw a guy who looke like Hatley going to every place a serial killer went then he'd start suspecting Hatley.
Hatley was undeterred and said one of the problems with catching the killer is that there are many escape routes from the area.
"In Tampa a lot of the residents have conspiracy theories," Hatley said. "A lot of people think someone is driving in there and dropping him off. People think he's using the sewer system to escape. ... There's a lot of scared people."
"I'm sure you calmed them down," Stern said sarcastically, just before pretending the "serial killer" was calling into the show to say that he'd met Hatley over the weekend, and was sure he'd never catch him.
You can listen to the uncensored audio of Stern and Hatley discussing Seminole Heights below. Warning: there is some adult language.