17 December 2008

Case Closed on Walsh Murder: Otis Toole Did It

Portrait of Psychotics: Henry Lee Lucas and Otis Toole

Florida police have announced that the case of the Adam Walsh murder (abducted and decapitated in 1981) has been solved. The boy's father, host of America's Most Wanted John Walsh, had suspected that it was Otis Toole all along. The Henry Lee Lucas/Otis Toole duo are some of the most notorious serial killers in American history, and they claimed to have killed hundreds of people in a cross-country spree that lasted from the late 70s into the early 80s. A little bit about the now-deceased gentlemen [Mayhem]. First, Henry:
As a teenager he enjoyed sex with his half-brother and dead animals. The future serial confessor said he first killed and raped a girl at the age of 15. When he was 17, Henry sliced open his eye while playing with a knife with his brother. His left his gashed orb unattended for days until it eventually withered and had to be removed by a doctor and replaced with prosthetic glass. Once he was beat so severely with a piece of wood that he lay in a semi-conscious state for three days before one of Violet's boyfriend decided to take him to a local hospital. All this explaining why Lucas spent most of his youth in and out of correctional institutes until January 11, 1960, when, in a drunken binge, Henry stuck a knife in his mother's back and proceeded to rape her dead corpse. Later, like on many other occasions, he recanted his act of inscestuous necrophilia.
As for Otis:
According to his confession Lucas claimed he and Toole would pick up most of his victims along the interstates: "Just about everyone I pick up, I kill 'em. That's the way it always turn out." Toole, who at the time was incarcerated in Florida on an arson murder, confirmed many of the claims, adding his own details. According to Ottis they picked many more hitchhikers when he wore a dress. Not surprisingly the confession became morbidly bizarre with episodes of necrophilia, dismemberment, and cannibalism on account of Toole's taste for human flesh.
It wasn't that long ago in America when serial killers like the Son of Sam and The Night Stalker were able to terrorize entire metropolitans, and child-murderers like John Wayne Gacy and Jeffrey Dahmer were able to get away with their bloodlust for years. The decline of these crimes is a testament to the improvement of America's law enforcement tactics and capabilities, because there is certainly no shortage of crazies out there.


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