This auction is for a painting by 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 paintings were done in watercolor, ink, and pencil, each measure 7.5"×10", and each is signed in the bottom left corner, "T. L. Sells." On the reverse Sells has written, again, on each, "Here is a Gacy clown. I hope you enjoyed it as much as I enjoyed painting it for you. (sigh) P.S. Gacy was a fag. Tommy Lynn Sells, 99367 Death Row, Livingston Texas." For those of you who haven't been doing this that long, that inscription is what Mr. John Wayne Gacy would put on the reverse sides of Pogo paintings he would do. Pretty unique pair. The artwork comes inside a protective magazine 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.