Chiefs fan honored for his work in helping capture Saddam Hussein

'Twilight' star calls Eric Maddox 'fascinating'

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Kansas City Chiefs honored an Army staff sergeant before Sunday's football game.

Eric Maddox, who was in Kansas City visiting family Sunday, got a standing ovation from the crowd when they heard his thrilling story that is about to become a movie.

During his six-month tour of duty to Iraq in 2003, Maddox became an interrogator and masterminded the capture of Saddam Hussein.

Maddox's unconventional tactics and non-violent approach led to hundreds of interrogations and, ultimately, the dictator's capture.

"I didn't have any experience, no experience at interrogations," Maddox said.

But he quickly realized the hidden terrorist network Saddam Hussein relied on was made up of ordinary Iraqi citizens.

He got each to reveal details without ever using torture.

"We went up the social networking of unwanted, unknown individuals," Maddox explained. "Cooks, friends, business partners."

Within hours of his departure from Iraq on December 13, 2003, Maddox pinpointed the precise location of Saddam Hussein's Tikrit spider hole.

Maddox boarded a plane as a Special Ops team used his information to raid an Iraqi farmhouse. It is where they found their "high value" target: the "ace of spades."
Maddox remembers being elated, "not only because the bodyguard gave us the information but the team couldn't find Saddam so the bodyguard went to the hole, the bodyguard dug up the rope."

A bewildered Saddam surrendered. Maddox's tour of duty in Iraq had ended hours earlier.  

The famous capture is now, nine years later, about to make Maddox famous.

Hollywood is turning the sergeant's nail-biting journey into a movie, with the help of 'Twilight' star Robert Pattinson.

Pattinson and Maddox have spent hours together. Pattinson called Maddox "one of the most fascinating people I've ever met."

Maddox just finished his eighth tour of duty and has conducted 2,700 interrogations.

He is a father of four and a soldier about to see his name in lights; a once-unknown sergeant behind the historic mission.

Maddox revealed what is behind the success, "I enjoy picking apart another person's brain. That's the goal, the hunt, it's an addictive hunt and I love it."

The movie, based off of Eric Maddox's book, Mission: Black List #1, is expected to be out next year.

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