Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

Today in Crime History: The Birth of Ottis Elwood Toole

Born on March 5, 1947, Toole was an arsonist, serial killer and corpse mutilator, among other things, He teamed up with a kindred spirit, serial killer Henry Lee Lucas, in 1976. Though he would live the rest of his days in Lucas’ shadow, Toole may in fact have been the more depraved of the pair.

A Cannibal’s Recipe for BBQ Sauce

Though less known than Bundy and Dahmer, serial killer Ottis Toole is no less terrifying. He’s known for confessing to the murder of Adam Walsh, and for acting as the corpse-mutilating, cannibalistic sidekick of Henry Lee Lucas. Seen here is Toole’s very own recipe for BBQ or “spegetti” sauce, just in time for the holiday.

Arrest Made in Cold Case Murder of Elderly Woman

More than three decades after 73-year-old Mildred McKinney was sexually assaulted, beaten and strangled to death in her home, police in Texas have arrested a suspect in her murder. Authorities announced yesterday that Stephen Alan Thomas, 53, is being held in the Williamson County Jail on $1 million bond, charged with capital murder for McKinney’s 1980 death.

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