Though best remembered for playing second fiddle to serial killer Henry Lee Lucas, Ottis Toole had enough depravity to go around. Toole practiced cannibalism and is believed to have killed Adam Walsh, son of John Walsh who began hosting America’s Most Wanted after his son’s murder.
Born: March 5, 1947 in Jacksonville, Florida.
Sentenced: Given two death sentences in 1984, later commuted to life imprisonment.
Died: September 15, 1996 of liver failure in his prison cell.
Victims: At least 6, could be up to 65.
- Toole briefly resided in the cell next to Ted Bundy’s at Raiford prison in Florida.
- Toole once married a woman 25 years older than him. After three days, she left him after having figured out that he was gay.
Watch Ottis discuss his motivations for murder in this interview, taken three years before his death.
Ottis was a killer and a cook. Here, he shares his recipe for BBQ sauce. The secret ingredient can’t be found in stores.
See how Ottis measures up in the brain department against other famous serial killers.
Both on cross country crime sprees, Ottis and Henry teamed up and became partners in love, sex and serial murder.
A look at Ottis and Henry and other male murder duos.
Dr. Egger profiles Ottis Toole and other serial killers.
Ottis Toole confessed to one of the most widely publicized child murders of the 1980s. Did he do it or did he just wish he did it?
An in-depth look at the kidnapping and murder of Adam Walsh.