Ottis Elwood Toole was an American drifter and serial killer who was convicted of six counts of murder. Like his companion Henry Lee Lucas, Toole made confessions he then later recanted, which resulted in murder convictions. The discrediting of the case against Lucas for crimes for which Toole had offered corroborating statements created doubts as to whether either was a genuine serial killer or, as Hugh Aynesworth suggested, both were merely compliant interviewees whom police used to clear unsolved murders from the books. Toole received two death sentences, but on appeal they were commuted to life imprisonment. He died in his cell from cirrhosis, aged 49. Police attributed the murder of Adam Walsh to Toole on the basis of recanted statements. Lucas had backed Toole’s confession to the Walsh murder, claiming he had been in possession of the victim’s severed head.
|Born:||Ottis Elwood Toole, March 5, 1947, Jacksonville, Florida, U.S.|
|Died:||September 15, 1996, Raiford, Florida, U.S.|
|Cause of death:||Cirrhosis|
|Resting place:||Florida State Prison Cemetery|
|Criminal charge:||Arson, first-degree murder|
|Criminal penalty:||Death, commuted to life in prison|
|IMDb:||Ottis Toole’s IMDb|
About Ottis Toole
He was a serial arsonist.
His murder of Adam Walsh, a six year-old boy abducted from a Sears store and decapitated, earned national attention, and it wasn’t confirmed until 27 years later that Toole was the killer.
He had one sister and was friends and the killing partner of serial killer Henry Lee Lucas.
His murder of Adam Walsh was made into a TV movie, “Adam,” starring Jobeth Williams.
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