Ottis Elwood Toole
(March 5, 1947 – September 15, 1996) was an American serial killer
. He was an accomplice of convicted serial killer Henry Lee Lucas
. Toole admitted to multiple counts of murder
, and cannibalism
, and was the suspect in several unsolved murders. He recanted and restated a number of confessions. Toole was convicted of three counts of murder, and confessed to four more murder charges before dying in prison.
Toole was born and raised in Jacksonville, Florida
. Toole's mother was a religious fanatic
; Toole later claimed that she abused
him, including dressing him in girl's clothing and calling him Becky. As a young child, Toole was a victim of sexual assault
at the hands of many close relatives and acquaintances, including his older sister and next door neighbor. His maternal grandmother was a satanist
, who exposed him to various Satanic
practices and rituals in his youth, including self-mutilation
, and dubbed him "Devil's Child".
He was often designated as suffering from mild mental retardation
, with an I.Q.
of 75. It is believed, however, that his IQ was probably higher and that he had received such low scores due to suffering from various learning disabilities
) and being illiterate
. He also suffered from epilepsy
, which resulted in frequent......