- Born in 1947, died in 1996 in Florida
- He confessed to killing over 100 people and to cannibalism
- He was caught on charges of arson and confessed while in custody
- Originally charged with 1 murder, another 4 charges were added
- He was convicted and originally given a death sentence, however that was commuted to life in prison
After Ottis Toole’s father deserted the family he was raised by a single mother. Reported to be cruel, his mother and grandmother had extreme religious views. Diagnosed as developmentally disabled he dropped out of school and turned to petty crime. Toole’s first murder occurred at the age of 14 when a travelling salesman picked him up and asked for sexual favours. Toole ran the man down with his own car.
More of his crimes turned fatal, although the exact number of killings is unknown. Eventually, Toole found a partner in crime, Henry Lee Lucas with whom he had a homosexual relationship. Toole married a year after meeting Lucas, but the couple soon separated.
Toole was caught setting a fire and while in custody confessed to the murder by arson of another victim. He was sentenced to death for that murder, but later charged and found guilty of another 5 murders. He eventually confessed to killing, and committing cannibalism, over 100 people with Lucas, although some doubt has been raised about this number. He was sentenced to death but the sentence was commuted to life in prison.