This auction is for an early letter from 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 completely handwritten missive is three pages on two sheets, dated 5/9/2000, and is signed, "Tommy L. Sells." The original mailing envelope is postmarked 5/15/2000 with six lines of address written in Sells's hand. This is a particularly early correspondence from Sells, just a few week over four months from the day he was arrested! He discuss he relationship with Sheriff D'Wayne Jernigan, wishing he was the father he never had, and about the hopes of being remanded to a Texas State Hospital as the potential outcome of his impending trial. I guess we all know that didn't work out quite that way! 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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