This auction is for a postcard from one of California's Toolbox Killers Mr. Roy Lewis Norris. Mr. Norris, with accomplice Mr. Lawrence Sigmund Bittaker, committed a series of abductions, rapes, and torture murders from June 24, 1979 to October 31, 1979, killing five teenage girls. The moniker of The Toolbox Killers came due to the vast majority of the items used to torture and murder their victims were pulled from a toolbox, kept in the van the two used to commit their crimes. The duo would be apprehended separately on November 20, 1979. In the plea arrangement Norris would testify against Bittaker in order to escape the death penalty. On 5/7/1980 Norris was sentenced to 45 years to life in prison. During the later trial of Lawrence Bittaker, a homemade tape recording the two made of a woman being brutalized and raped was played for the jury. The victim would be identified as the fifth and final victim of both Bittaker and Norris. Bittaker would be convicted and sentenced to death for his roll in the crimes. When Norris became eligible for parole in 2010, he decided to decline having his parole hearing, believing he had not paid his debt to society. No new parole hearing date has been set at this time.
ITEM DESCRIPTION: The preprinted postage postcard was issued by the United States Post Office. Similar postcards can be purchased today. The postage denomination is 0.20¢. The message is dated 3/13/1997 and signed, "Roy L. Norris." On the reverse is six lines of address are written in Norris's hand along with a series of small, unusual female ink drawings. There is also a prominent red prison stamp, which reads: Pelican Bay State Prison, P.O. Box 7000, Crescent City, CA 95531-7000. The postcard comes inside a protective comic book sleeve with an acid free board and has been stored flat. Message me with any questions you might have. Thanks for having a look-see.
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