Lawrence Bittaker

Tool Box Killers

  Active for 1 year
(1979) in United States




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  4. General Information
  5. Characteristics
  6. Childhood
  7. Cognitive Ability
  8. Incarceration
  9. Death
  10. 12 Timeline Events
  11. Serial Killers Active During Spree
  12. Boolean Statistical Questions
  13. 16 Books About Lawrence Bittaker
  14. 5 External References
  15. Internal References

Lawrence Bittaker (Lawrence Sigmund Bittaker) an American serial killer and rapists who along with his accomplice, Roy Lewis Norris are known as the Tool Box Killers. In 1979, Bittaker and Norris kidnapped, raped tortured and murdered five teenage girls over a period of five months in southern California. Bittaker and Norris used standard tools such as pliers, ice picks and sledgehammers to torture and murder their victims. Bittaker was sentenced to death for five of the murders in 1981. Lawrence Bittaker is currently incarcerated on death row at San Quentin State Prison in San Quentin, California.

Lawrence Bittaker Serial Killer Profile

Serial Killer Lawrence Bittaker (aka) Tool Box Killers, was active for 1 year in 1979, known to have ( 5 confirmed / 5 possible ) victims. This Serial Killer was active in the following countries: United States

Lawrence Bittaker was born on September 27th 1940 in Pittsburgh, county seat in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, USA. During his education he had academic, social or discipline problems. Lawrence Bittaker was psychologically abused at some point of his life.

Lawrence Bittaker a heterosexual male citizen of the United States of America. He took an intelligence quotient test before or after his crimes, Lawrence Bittaker had an IQ of 138. He completed 11 years of school, no degree received. He never married. He had no children mentioned.

Prior to his spree he had commited crimes, served time in jail, and served time in prison. He was known to abuse alcohol and drugs.

In 1979 (Age 38/39) Lawrence Bittaker started his killing spree, during his crimes as a serial killer he was known to torture, strangle, stalk, rape, and murder his victims. At least one victim was tied, bound, or otherwise restrained during the crime. At the time of his crimes he was living with himself, alone recently released from prison, where he was known to work as a serial killer.

He was arrested on November 20th 1979 (Age 39), convicted on March 24th 1981 (Age 40), sentenced to death at San Quentin State Prison in San Quentin, California, US.

Profile Completeness: 84%
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Lawrence Bittaker has been listed on Killer.Cloud since June of 2017 and was last updated 5 years ago.

Lawrence Bittaker a known:

Lawrence Bittaker
Serial Killer Profile:

Updated: 2019-05-03 Collected by Killer.Cloud
General Information
Name: Lawrence Bittaker
Nickname: Tool Box Killers
Victims: 5 - 5
Years Active: 1979 - 1979
Ages Active: 38/39 - 38/39
Active Countries: United States
Life Span: 1940 -     
Gender: Male
Citizenship: United States of America
Sexual Preference: heterosexual
Astrological Sign: Libra
Sep 23 - Oct 23
Birth Month: September
Marital Status: never married
Children: no children mentioned
Living With: himself, alone recently released from prison
Occupation: serial killer
Childhood Information
D.O.B.: Sep 27, 1940
Given Name: Lawrence
Birth Location: Pittsburgh, county seat in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, USA
Birth Order: N/A
Siblings: N/A
Raised By: N/A
Birth Category: N/A
Mother: N/A
Father: N/A

Cognitive Ability
IQ: 138
Highest School: 11 years of school
Highest Degree: no degree received

Arrested: Nov 20, 1979 (Age 39)
Convicted: Mar 24, 1981 (Age 40)
Sentence: death
Prison Location: San Quentin State Prison in San Quentin, California, US
Executed: N/A
Previous Crimes: TRUE
Previous Jail: TRUE
Previous Prison: TRUE

Death Information
Death Date: N/A
Cause of Death: N/A
Death Location: N/A
Killed In Prison: N/A
Suicide: N/A
12 Timeline Events of Serial Killer
Lawrence Bittaker

The 12 dates listed below represent a timeline of the life and crimes of serial killer Lawrence Bittaker. A complete collection of serial killer events can be found on our Serial Killer Timeline.

Date Event Description
Sep 27 1940Lawrence Bittaker was born in Pittsburgh, county seat in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, USA.  #19400927
Sep 27 1960
(Age 20)
20th Birthday
Sep 27 1970
(Age 30)
30th Birthday
(Age 38/39)
Lawrence Bittaker started his serial killing spree. #1979
Nov 20 1979
(Age 39)
Lawrence Bittaker arrested. #19791120
(Age 39/40)
Lawrence Bittaker ended his serial killing spree. #1979
Sep 27 1980
(Age 40)
40th Birthday
Mar 24 1981
(Age 40)
Lawrence Bittaker was convictedand sentenced to death at San Quentin State Prison in San Quentin, California, US.  #19810324
Sep 27 1990
(Age 50)
50th Birthday
Sep 27 2000
(Age 60)
60th Birthday
Sep 27 2010
(Age 70)
70th Birthday
Sep 27 2020
(Age 80)
80th Birthday
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Boolean Questions:
problems in school TRUE 221
psychologically abused TRUE 224
drug abuse TRUE 226
alcohol abuse TRUE 226
previous crimes TRUE 367
previous jail TRUE 352
previous prision TRUE 336
used weapon TRUE 453
rape TRUE 453
torture TRUE 426
stalk TRUE 418
bound TRUE 406
strangle TRUE 443
living with children FALSE 268
physically defect FALSE 300
speach defect FALSE 300
head injury FALSE 299
physically abused FALSE 231
sexually abused FALSE 226
psychologist FALSE 258
forensic hospital FALSE 257
previous killed FALSE 208
kill at killers home FALSE 320
kill at victims home FALSE 323
used gun FALSE 451
blindfold FALSE 363
sex with body FALSE 430
mutilated FALSE 447
ate part of body FALSE 451
drank blood FALSE 442
posed body FALSE 365
totem body part FALSE 365
totem personal item FALSE 354
robbed FALSE 418

Books that Mention Lawrence Bittaker

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Serial Killer Rapists
Book: Journey Into Darkness (mentions serial killer Lawrence Bittaker)
John E. Douglas
Journey Into Darkness
Book: Killer on the Road (mentions serial killer Lawrence Bittaker)
James Ellroy
Killer on the Road
Book: The Big Book of Serial Killers (mentions serial killer Lawrence Bittaker)
Jack Rosewood
The Big Book of Serial Killers
Book: Serial Killers Encyclopedia (mentions serial killer Lawrence Bittaker)
RJ Parker
Serial Killers Encyclopedia
Book: The Serial Killer Books (mentions serial killer Lawrence Bittaker)
Jack Rosewood
The Serial Killer Books
Book: Couples Who Kill (mentions serial killer Lawrence Bittaker)
Carol Anne Davis
Couples Who Kill
Book: Killer Fiction (mentions serial killer Lawrence Bittaker)
G. J. Schaefer
Killer Fiction

16 Books that mention Serial Killer
Lawrence Bittaker

ISBN10 Book Title Killers
1733630619 Serial Killer Rapists 266
1439107815 Journey Into Darkness 3
038080896x Killer on the Road 1
0553285203 Alone with the Devil 2
1548119644 The Big Book of Serial Ki... 60
1494772167 Serial Killers Encycloped... 34
1546511814 The Serial Killer Books 2
074901699x Couples Who Kill 7
1979832358 The Toolbox Killers 1
1936239191 Killer Fiction 10
0786037784 Deadly Lust 3
1590775325 World Encyclopedia of 20t... 20
0786420758 Murders in the United Sta... 32
0875861431 Team Killers 6
0816069875 The Encyclopedia of Seria... 108
1473858305 The London Underground Se... 3

Lawrence Sigmund Bittaker (born September 27, 1940) and Roy Lewis Norris (born February 5, 1948), also known as the Tool Box Killers, are American serial killers and rapists who kidnapped, raped, tortured, and killed five teenage girls in Southern California over a period of five months in 1979.Described by FBI Special Agent John E.

External References
  1. Lawrence Bittaker and Roy Norris on, Retrieved on Sep 13, 2018.
  2. Juan Ignacio Blanco, Lawrence Sigmund BITTAKER on, Retrieved on Sep 13, 2018.
  3. Kristin Elink-Schuurman-Laura, Bittaker, Lawrence on, Retrieved on Sep 13, 2018.
  4. Marcy Chojnacki, Ellen Danz, Lawrence Bittaker on, Retrieved on Sep 13, 2018.
  5. Q841843 on, Retrieved on Oct 9, 2018.
Internal References

Lawrence Bittaker is included in the following pages on Killer.Cloud the Serial Killer Database

  1. #8 of 72[ Page 1 ] of serial killers sorted by IQ Level
  2. #24 of 41[ Page 2 ] of Serial Killers with birthdays in September
  3. #28 of 42[ Page 2 ] of Libra Serial Killers sorted by Confirmed Victims
  4. #31 of 53[ Page 3 ] of Serial Killer Stalkers sorted by Confirmed Victims
  5. #41 of 651[ Page 3 ] of the A-Z List of Serial Killers
  6. #58 of 89[ Page 4 ] of Serial Killer Torturers sorted by Confirmed Victims
  7. #149 of 250[ Page 10 ] of Serial Killer Stranglers sorted by Confirmed Victims
  8. #177 of 327[ Page 12 ] of Serial Killers active in the United States
  9. #185 of 307[ Page 13 ] of Serial Killer Rapist sorted by Confirmed Victims
  10. #188 of 651[ Page 13 ] of serial killers sorted by Profile Completeness
  11. #364 of 651[ Page 25 ] of serial killers sorted by Confirmed Victims
  12. #579 of 651[ Page 39 ] of serial killers sorted by Years Active
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