This auction is for a letter 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 missive is two pages on one sheet, dated 5/6/2004, and appears to be unsigned. The letter is really secondary as the envelope has an absolutely amazing ink and color pencil drawing of an American Bald Eagle's head. Norris is doing less and less artwork, with even less artwork on envelopes. This is a handsome piece, for sure! The scan does not capture the detail, time, and effort that went into this piece. The original mailing envelope is postmarked 5/7/2004 with six lines of address written in Norris's hand and a black CSATF prison stamp. The letter and envelope 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.
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