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Last edited: Wednesday, April 23, 2008
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Review on my new book 13 1/2

13 ½ Twelve Jurors One Judge and a Half Assed Chance
Tommy Lynn Sells

A Prolific Serial Killer In His Own Words

Tori Rivers

River Bend Press, 2008
ISBN:   10:0-9800802-0-7

4 Stars
A look into the life of Tommy Lynn Sells…
Reviewed by Debra Gaynor for, 4/08

Tori Rivers began her research by writing letters to nine serial killers. One letter piqued her curiosity. Over the next four years, she corresponded with Tommy Lynn Sells. He opened up to her and shared details of the crimes he committed. Tommy Lynn Sells traveled the states killing an unknown number of people. 

Sells is very open and graphic in his description of the murders. “I’ve killed for revenge; I’ve killed for hire, killed for sex, killed to cover my ass, killed because I was just pissed off.” “I felt so f…… good killing that there were times I even had an orgasm while I was killing someone. “  

I find it amazing that there are prison groupies and that women or men will marry a person on death row. Nevertheless, my job is not to judge them but to review 13 ½ Twelve Jurors One Judge and a Half Assed Chance. I will try to be fair. This is not an easy book to read. Tori Rivers is very talented writer. She successfully brings to light the life Tommy Sells lived as a child. She reveals what prison life is like. In the chapter 21, Sellers writes, “Yes I’m sorry for what I’ve done. And yes I’m sorry for the person y’all made me, Most of all I feel sorry for your sorry-ass society.” This is not the words of a repentant man. Once you begin to read this book, you are compelled to finish it. A peek into this killers mind will assist mental health experts and law officials. However the average person will be horrified by 13 ½ Twelve Jurors One Judge and a Half Assed Chance. 


Men Without Redemption George Norton


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Reviewed by Ron Karcz 7/28/2008
Dear Tori...I'm glad your pic and name popped up when I came on this evening. I'm impressed with what I've read. Years ago I had a brush with the law. I knew after 2 days that jail was nowhere I wanted to be and that it was up to no one but me to find the way. I wasn't lucky my life turned out as well as it has. Along with my two guardian angels, Inspration and Perspiration, I overcame a lot of adversity...mostly of my own making. You're right about Tommy...he is not repentant and never will be. However, he is the product of a society who does not recognize 'battered men' as a concern. His life probably started out as that of being a battered child, then a battered adolescent, who then became a battering adult filled with uncontrollable hate and rage. Society needs only to look at the penal system to know how miserably they've failed in protecting children and preventing the Tommys of the world from happening. Instead, we pay lip service to the problems. I could go on and on but I'd probably only bore you.

Good luck with all you do.


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