This auction is for a painting with the hand print of executed Texas "Coast to Coast Killer" Mr. Tommy Lynn Sells (6/28/1964 – 4/3/2014). On 12/31/1999 Sells slit the throats of two young girls in Del Rio, TX. The 13-year-old victim would die, the 10-year-old victim survived. Her description would lead to his arrest on 1/2/2000, followed by his trial, conviction, death sentence, and execution. Sells's murder spree spanned from 1980 to 1999, with confirmed murder victims in Texas, Illinois, New York, Kentucky, and Missouri, thus earning him the moniker of the "Coast to Coast Killer." His victims included men, women, boys, girls, toddlers, even newborn infants, with motives ranging from rape, robbery, revenge, or seemingly no motive at all. Ultimately Sells would l be linked to some 20+ murders. Over the years Sells would boast to having committed multiple homicides, usually around 70 victims. However, in the months leading up to his execution, Sells sang a different tune, proclaiming the confessions were due to police coercion. Sells was executed by lethal injection on 4/3/2014. When asked if he would give a final statement he replied, "No." He was 49.
ITEM DESCRIPTION: The painting was done in watercolor and ink, measures 15"×20", and is signed in the bottom left corner, "T. L. Sells." On the reverse Sells has written, "Tommy Hands Blood Forever, Tommy Lynn Sells, Death Row 999367, Livingston Texas, Coast to Coast, Terrible Tommy." There was a period in Sells's life where he was very interested in Charles Manson, the "Tate/Labianca Murders," and those associated with Manson in life. He read Charles Manson Now by Mr. Marlin Marynick . This particular piece of artwork reflects that fascination. Message me with any questions you might have. Thanks for having a look-see.