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Through the Window (St. Martin's True Crime Library)


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Ten-Year-Old Krystal Surles Watched In Horror

As Her Best Friend Was Murdered At The Hands Of An Intruder.

Then with cold-blooded precision he brought a twelve-inch boning knife to Krystal's throat. With a single, violent slash, he severed her windpipe and left her for dead. Miraculously, she survived and would lead authorities to the arrest of 35-year-old Tommy Lynn Sells, a former truck driver, carnival worker, and cross-country drifter...

He Aspired To Become "The Worst Serial Killer Of All Time."

With no apparent motive and no common pattern to his inconceivable bloodshed, the elusive Sells had carved his way across the country for two decades slaughtering women, men, transients, entire families, teenagers, and even infants with ghoulish abandon.

Through The Window is more than an investigation into a crime spree that stunned a nation. It's an utterly terrifying plunge into the unfathomable dark mind of a serial killer, and the heart-wrenching story of the brave child who finally brought him to justice.


The true story of Tommy Lynn Sells, considered one of the worst serial killers in history, and one of his victims--a ten-year-old girl--who survived her vicious attack and led authorities to the arrest of the 35-year-old drifter. photos. Original.

About the Author

Diane Fanning is the author of the Edgar Award finalist Written in Blood: A True Story of Murder and a Deadly 16-Year-Old Secret That Tore a Family Apart. Her other works of true crime include the best-selling Mommys Little Girl, A Poisoned Passion, The Pastors Wife, and Gone Forever. She has been featured on 48 Hours, 20/20, Court TV and the Discovery Channel, and has been interviewed on dozens of radio stations coast to coast. Before becoming a nonfiction writer, Fanning worked in advertising, and she earned more than 70 Addy Awards. She lives in New Braunfels, Texas.

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Suzanne Oxford, May 4, 2013 (view all comments by Suzanne Oxford)
I found this novel very disturbing to read. However I am a long-time fan of Diane Fanning. I do enjoy reading her books as she is a very talented writer. She does deal with some very horrific and tragic stories though. Tommy Lynn Sells is truly one of the worst serial killer in our history and he seems to be proud of this fact. He preys on young women, teenagers and children who cannot defend themselves. He seems to have no remorse and no regret as he gives the Texas Rangers and other law enforcement an account of his crimes. He relates this as though he is talking about what he ate for dinner that day. I have never read about such young children being cruelly and cold-bloodedlly strangled or having their necks cut, as with Krystal Surles and her friend Katy.

Fortunately, this man is where he belongs on death row. The author tries to find out why and what led him to do these horrible crimes. He seems to blame it on taking drugs and being intoxicated at the time. He did grow up neglected by his mother and left to live with a child molester during that time. Probably we will never know for sure why and what led Tommy on his cross-country crime spree. His aunt wanted to raise him as her own and regrets she never got the chance. Would he have been different if that had happened? Of course we will never know.

I do recommend reading this book, but if you are squeamish about such violence, probably you should not read this book.
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Fanning, Diane
St. Martin's True Crime
New York
Serial murders
Serial murderers
Criminals & Outlaws
General True Crime
Murder - General
Serial murders -- United States.
Serial murderers -- United States.
Biography - General
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Mass market paperback
St. Martin's True Crime Library
Series Volume:
no. 272
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Includes 8 pages of photographs
6.71 x 4.29 x 0.725 in

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