Ep. 24: Tommy Lynn Sells – Part 3

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.

Did Tommy Lynn Sells Kill Ena and Rory Cordt?” by Dave Warren and Kathee Baird. The Crime Scene. http://www.crimesceneinvestigations.blogspot.com. August 2010.

Understanding Serial Killers” by Kelleher and Kelleher. Serial Killers. (ed. Louise Gerdes) Ppgs. 23-33. 2000.

Serial Killer Profiles:

Death Penalty:


Music used in this podcast:

Drum Solo For Hospital Ghost (Lucas Perný) / CC BY-NC-ND 4.0


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