Tommy Lynn Sells an American serial killer and drifter known as The Cross Country Killer. Sells was active throughout the United States killing children and multiple victims after breaking into their homes. He was arrested when a ten-year-old girl survived his attack and provided his description to the authorities. In 2000, Sells pleaded guilty and was convicted of the capital murder of Kaylene Harris and attempted murder of Krystal Surles. In 2003, Sells was indicted for the 1997 Missouri murder of Stephanie Mahane and pleaded guilty to strangling to death nine-year-old Mary Bea Perez, for which he received a life sentence. In 2014, Tommy Lynn Sells was executed by lethal injection in Texas.
Serial Killer Tommy Lynn Sells (aka) The Cross Country Killer, was active for 20 years between 1980-1999, known to have ( 3 confirmed / 70 possible ) victims. This Serial Killer was active in the following countries: United States
Tommy Lynn Sells was born on June 28th 1964 in Oakland, California, US. He was raised by his aunt, Bonnie Woodall, in Holcomb, Missouri until age (Age 5), biological mother until (Age 13). He had four including one twin sister. His mother, Nina Sells. During his education he had academic, social or discipline problems. Tommy Lynn Sells was sexually and abused at some point of his life.
Tommy Lynn Sells a heterosexual male citizen of the United States of America, with religious ties and/or beliefs connected with the atheism religion, organization or belief system. He took an intelligence quotient test before or after his crimes, Tommy Lynn Sells had an IQ of 100. He completed 8 years of school, no degree received. He married multiple times. He had no children. He had a medical condition: bipolar disorder.
Prior to his spree he had killed, commited crimes, served time in jail, and served time in prison. He was known to abuse alcohol and drugs.
In 1980 (Age 15/16) Tommy Lynn Sells started his killing spree, during his crimes as a serial killer he was known to rob, strangle, rape, and murder his victims. Tommy Lynn Sells used a weapon and was in possession of a firearm during his crimes. He was known to kill at both his home and the home of the victim. He positioned or posed at least one body after death. At the time of his crimes he was living with himself, alone as a homeless man in multiple locations, where he was known to work as a serial killer.
He was arrested on January 2nd 2000 (Age 35), convicted on September 18th 2000 (Age 36), sentenced to death lethal injection at Texas State Penitentiary in Huntsville, Texas, US. He was convicted on charges of murder and other possible charges during his lifetime. Tommy Lynn Sells was executed on April 3rd 2014 (Age 49).
Tommy Lynn Sells died on April 3rd 2014 (Age 49), cause of death: capital punishment, executed by lethal injection at Texas State Penitentiary in Huntsville, Texas, US.
Tommy Lynn Sells has been listed on Killer.Cloud since November of 2016 and was last updated 3 years ago.
The unlawful killing of two or more victims by the same offender(s), in separate events. Serial Killer as defined by the FBI at the 2005 symposium.
Rape is usually defined as having sexual intercourse with a person who does not want to, or cannot consent.
Strangulation is death by compressing the neck until the supply of oxygen is cut off. Stranglers kill by Strangulation.
|Name:||Tommy Lynn Sells|
|Nickname:||The Cross Country Killer|
|Victims:||3 - 70|
|Years Active:||1980 - 1999|
|Ages Active:||15/16 - 34/35|
|Active Countries:||United States|
|Life Span:||1964 - 2014|
|Citizenship:||United States of America|
|Medical Condition:||bipolar disorder|
|Astrological Sign:|| ♋ Cancer |
Jun 21 - Jul 23
|Marital Status:||married multiple times|
|Living With:||himself, alone as a homeless man in multiple locations|
|D.O.B.:||Jun 28, 1964|
|Birth Location:||Oakland, California, US|
|Siblings:||four including one twin sister|
|Raised By:||his aunt, Bonnie Woodall, in Holcomb, Missouri until age (Age 5), biological mother until (Age 13)|
|Highest School:||8 years of school|
|Highest Degree:||no degree received|
|Arrested:||Jan 2, 2000 (Age 35)|
|Convicted:||Sep 18, 2000 (Age 36)|
|Sentence:||death lethal injection|
|Prison Location:||Texas State Penitentiary in Huntsville, Texas, US|
|Executed:||Apr 3, 2014 (Age 49)|
|Death Date:||Apr 3, 2014 (Age 49)|
|Manner of Death:||capital punishment|
|Cause of Death:||executed by lethal injection|
|Death Location:||Texas State Penitentiary in Huntsville, Texas, US|
|Killed In Prison:||FALSE|
The 10 dates listed below represent a timeline of the life and crimes of serial killer Tommy Lynn Sells. A complete collection of serial killer events can be found on our Serial Killer Timeline.
|Jun 28 1964||Tommy Lynn Sells was born in Oakland, California, US. #19640628|
|Tommy Lynn Sells started his serial killing spree. #1980|
|Jun 28 1984|
|Jun 28 1994|
|Tommy Lynn Sells ended his serial killing spree. #1999|
|Jan 02 2000|
|Tommy Lynn Sells arrested. #20000102|
|Sep 18 2000|
|Tommy Lynn Sells was convictedand sentenced to death lethal injection at Texas State Penitentiary in Huntsville, Texas, US. #20000918|
|Jun 28 2004|
|Apr 03 2014|
|Tommy Lynn Sellswas executed.cause of death:capital punishment,executed by lethal injectionat Texas State Penitentiary in Huntsville, Texas, US. #20140403|
|Jun 28 2014|
The following serial killers were active during the same time span as Tommy Lynn Sells (1980-1999).
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|problems in school||TRUE||221|
|kill at killers home||TRUE||320|
|kill at victims home||TRUE||323|
|living with children||FALSE||268|
|killed in prison||FALSE||218|
|teased in school||FALSE||218|
|sex with body||FALSE||430|
|ate part of body||FALSE||451|
|totem body part||FALSE||365|
|totem personal item||FALSE||354|
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|142990416x||Gone Forever||Diane Fanning||Tommy Lynn Sells||1|
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|0980080207||13 1/2||Tori Rivers||Tommy Lynn Sells||1|
|198103711x||Serial Killer Stories Vol...||Roger Harrington||Tommy Lynn Sells||2|
|1980749779||The Brutal Texan||Roger Harrington||Tommy Lynn Sells||1|
|0816069875||The Encyclopedia of Seria...||Michael Newton|| 108 Total Including |
|1463477031||Coast to Coast||Donna L. Hughes||Tommy Lynn Sells||1|
Tommy Lynn Sells (June 28, 1964 – April 3, 2014) was an American serial killer. He was convicted of one murder, for which he was executed. Authorities believe he committed at least another 21 murders.
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