In 1979, Lawrence Bittaker and Roy Norris partnered up striking the street in California inside a van they’d chillingly nicknamed “Murder Mac.”
These were trying to find victims to torture and kill. Between June and October of this year, the happy couple murdered five youthful women, who ranged in age from 13 to 18. Before murdering these women, Bittaker and Norris brutalized them in calculated ways and frequently recorded the torture with what continues to be known as functions of “astonishing cruelty.”
The infamous murderers are referred to as “real-existence bogeymen” who have been “organized and sexually sadistic” within the true-crime book by Jack Rosewood and Rebecca Lo, “The Toolbox Killers.”
Bittaker and Norris’ nasty crimes are explored within the Peacock original “The Toolbox Killer,” featuring criminologist Laura Brand’s in-depth interviews with Bittaker completed in his old age. So, where would be the two killers now?
The 2 men met while doing time in the California Men’s Colony in San Luis Obispo. Once they got out, they reconnected and also the heinous murder spree soon started, reported the la Occasions. They were known as the “Toolbox Killers” simply because they used products like pliers and ice picks to torture and murder their victims.
Individuals victims include Lucinda Lynn “Cindy” Schaefer, 16 Andrea Hall, 18 Jacqueline Gilliam, 15 Jacqueline Leah Lamp, 13 and Shirley Lynette Ledford, 16, reported the la Occasions in 1989. Investigators haven’t yet found the physiques of Schaefer and Hall.
“Toolbox” terror which had gripped Californians ended on November 20, 1979, when Bittaker and Norris were busted. The arrest came after Norris spoken regarding their crimes to some friend who subsequently visited law enforcement.
Norris later flipped on Bittaker. Norris decided to plead guilty and testify against Bittaker to prevent facing the dying penalty. In April 1981, he was sentenced to 45 many years to existence imprisonment.
Bittaker faced 26 charges, including five counts of murder, five counts of kidnapping, criminal conspiracy, rape, dental copulation, sodomy, and becoming an ex-felon owning a gun. He was charged on all counts and sentenced to dying on March 22, 1981.
40 years after killing five youthful women, Bittaker, 79, died of natural causes on dying row in San Quentin Condition Prison on December 13, 2019.
Three several weeks before he died, Bittaker endured a number of cardiac arrest that left him feeling “vulnerable” and “mortal,” “The Toolbox Killer” reveals.
“It’s a taste of maybe what my victims were dealing with,” Bittaker is heard saying inside a recorded phone conversation with Brand.
Norris, 72, died of natural causes imprisonment two several weeks later.
“So lots of people give them a call soulmates, and you need to question,” Brand told producers. “They died as an old husband and wife, like they couldn’t do without one another.”
To understand more about the situation, Bittaker’s ideas around the murders, and also the efforts to recuperate the physiques of Schaefer and Hall, watch “The Toolbox Killer,” streaming now on Peacock and Archiweekend.
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