There's always a back story. Terry O'Loughlin's goes like this:
It was 1990, and O'Loughlin had just joined the Florida Office of the Attorney General to handle securities cases.
But before he got his first securities case, he was assigned to audit a buy-here, pay-here store. The store owner's wife had just been killed.
The killer was someone wearing a clown costume, according to a South Florida Sun Sentinel online story dated April 12, 2018. When the wife answered her door, the clown, holding flowers and balloons, shot her in the face.
The husband was among the suspects, the story stated. As part of the investigation, the attorney general's office assigned O'Loughlin as the dealership's receiver.
The business engaged in illegal practices such as insurance fraud and odometer rollback, he said.
Less than a year later, O'Loughlin wrapped up his work with the dealership; the murder case went cold. But after that, complaints to the attorney general's office involving vehicle purchases were referred to him. And by then, O'Loughlin was hooked on the auto industry.
"I might be the only person who got involved with the auto industry through a murder," O'Loughlin, 64, now director of compliance for Reynolds and Reynolds Co., said with a chuckle. He is based in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
O'Loughlin held the job at the attorney general's office for 16 years, and it prepared him for his position at Reynolds. He will celebrate his 13th anniversary at the dealership software company in February.