This auction is for a letter from one of California's "Toolbox Killers" Mr. Lawrence Sigmund Bittaker. Mr. Bittaker, also known was "Pliers," with accomplice Mr. Roy Lewis Norris, 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 and receive a 45 years to life prison sentence. During his trial, 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. The jury found Bittaker guilty of all five murders, five counts of kidnapping, conspiracy to commit murder, and multiple counts of rape, forcible oral copulation, and forcible sodomy. On 3/24/1981 he was sentenced to death. Bittaker remains on death in San Quentin State Prison awaiting execution by either the gas chamber or lethal injection.
ITEM DESCRIPTION: The missive is on two pages on one sheet, dated 5/11/1997, and is type signed, "L. Bittaker." The letter content is pretty good, discussing recent executions in San Quentin and being ripped off by a "murderabilia collector." The original mailing envelope is postmarked 5/12/1997 and is a prison issued NSF envelope, which stands for "insufficient funds," issued to death row inmates with no money on their trust accounts. The letter and envelope both come inside a protective magazine sleeve with an acid free board and have been stored flat. Message me with any questions you might have. Thanks for having a look-see.
Artwork, signed with bloody thumbprint, by the Maryland suspected serial killer and cannibal.