Why has no one heard of this guy? The question Jack and J. J. have been kicking around for weeks is explored in this final episode about Tommy Lynn Sells.
We wrap up the details of his trial and death before we delve into a discussion about how we classify serial killers, what kind of narratives we use to understand and communicate about them. Jack and J. J. also check out the veracity of confessions and the ethics of the death penalty.
“Through the Window: The Terrifying True Story of Cross-Country Killer Tommy Lynn Sells” by Diane Fanning. St. Martin’s Press. New York, New York. 2003. (Specifically pages 140, 232.)
“Julia Rea Harper case” by Rachel Tobin. www.examiner.com. 29 November 2012.
“Understanding Serial Killers” by Kelleher and Kelleher. Serial Killers. (ed. Louise Gerdes) Ppgs. 23-33. 2000.
Serial Killer Profiles:
- “Contemporary Perspectives on Serial Murder” by Ronald M. Holmes and Stephen T. Holmes. SAGE Publications, Inc. 1998.
- “The Application of Learning Theory to Serial Murder or ‘You too can learn to be a Serial Killer’” by Robert L. Hale. American Journal of Criminal Justice. September 1993, Volume 17, Issue 2, pp 37-45.
- “Serial Killers: I. Subtypes, patterns, and motives” by Laurence Miller. Aggression and Violent Behavior. Volume 19, Issue 1. January – February 2014. Ppgs. 1-11.
- “Tommy Lynn Sells v. William Stephens (No. 12-70028)” Petition for Certificate of Appealability. 22 July 2013.
- Pentobarbital via Wikipedia
- “What’s in a Lethal Injection ‘Cocktail’?” by Pam Belluck. The New York Times. 9 April 2011.
- “The Cruel and Unusual Execution of Clayton Lockett” by Jeffrey E. Stern. The Atlantic. June 2015.
- Execution Account taken from Tommy Lynn Sells via Murderpedia.
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