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Ten Year Old Krystal Surles Watched In Horror As Her Best Friend Was Murdered At The Hands Of An IntruderThen 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 drifterHe Aspired To Become The Worst Serial Killer Of All TimeWith 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 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


10 thoughts on “Through the Window

  1. says:

    It is hard for me to fathom how someone could kill another adult without malice or cause It is therefore totally beyond my realm of comprehension how anyone could beat a small child to death with a baseball bat or slit one’s throat with a boning knife However that is exactly some of the serial acts of murder that were committed by Tommy Lynn Sells The book takes you on a journey across the country and into the mind of this man who was able to commit these acts while seeming to be pretty normal It gives a look at how a man can be so manipulative how he can take advantage of any opportunity to do harm It explores his childhood adolescence and adulthood looking for clues as to what precipitated his behaviorWhat I found interesting about the book is that it shows great sympathy for the victims and their families while maintaining a professional distance in order to evaluate and relate the story of Tommy Lynn Sells At one point I thought the material presented was a “pitch” for sympathy for Tommy Lynn but in truth it was a reasoned balance in the display of facts The author did an excellent job of presenting the story of this man’s life and his seemingly anonymous “reign of terror”While reading the book and even now in retrospect I feel no sympathy for Tommy Lynn Sells Yes he had problems as a child and yes he had an illness that may have caused some metal problems However he knew enough about right and wrong to readily admit that the things he did were wrong Therefore he had a choice No one “made” him kill the first individual and certainly no one forced him to become a serial killer It was his choice One he will live with in both this life and in the life to come


  2. says:

    This book literally gave me nightmares I have read books about Ted Bundy Jeffrey Dahmer and many other true crime killing sprees but this one just turned me cold I couldn't finish it because I couldn't sleep Great writing but you need a tough skin to finish it


  3. says:

    I had never heard of Tommy Lynn Sells or any of his horrific crimes Tommy Lynn is a confessed serial killer who has admitted to the deaths of over 40 people His crimes span across the United States from new Mexico to Texas and Mississippi He is currently serving a death sentence in Texas and was scheduled to be executed sometime in 2007 However as with most death sentences the execution date has been delayed The crimes this man committed were very brutal and heartless I was angered when reading what he did to all the children he killed and or raped He is a disgusting individual One of the things that made this book stand out to me from other true crime books that I have read is that at the end of the book the author publishes a letter from Tommy Lynn to the readers of the book It was interesting to read what the killer's point of view was on his crimes and the book written on him Killer minds is something that will always be intriguing because I don't believe there is one particular thing that just sets someone off to be a killer I really do not have any sympathy for this man He did have a very sad upbringing with a mother who was not very warm hearted however that doesnt excuse the man he turned out to be This man even tried to rape his own mother in the shower My heart does go out to all of the families of the victims of his heinous crimes My eyes got teary eyed after seeing the picture of little Mary Bea Perez Such innocense lost and now gone from this world The author did a great job in describing the crimes and the process during the trial period what a brave little girl Krystal was when she was put on that stand This book is not for the squimish as the crimes Tommy Lynn committed against children are very difficult to read


  4. says:

    On Sunday November 13 2005 I wrote8 out of 10Well I met Diane when she became a member of the true crime yahoo book club I was in She is great by the way She answered all our questions very patiently and is just a generally nice person to hang out withIn this book was a scene which was so shocking to me well and I have read alot of true crime books but when i read how Sells killed a pregnant woman I became sick to my stomach Book Description 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 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


  5. says:

    I just finished reading Through the window by Dianne Fanning and I LOVED it but I have to say that no book has had me so scared and alert like this one I hated the story and of course I could never be happy about events like that happening but I feel that Dianne was very good and telling us all that happened It will probably take me a while to get over the images that I pictured with every word I seriously took forever to finish it because I just had to stop at some points but it was so good that I just had to grab it again and keep reading Tommy Lynn Sells is one evil man He raped and killed so many people and never got caught until he attacked little Katy and Krystal He managed to murder Katy and after slashing Krystal's throat left her for dead but she amazingly survived Krystal is truly a hero in my eyes not only did she survive such a horrible thing but she helped to put this serial killer behind bars Thanks to that many unsolved crimes were uncovered and many were stopped Author Dianne Fanning really did and amazing job with this book I felt as if every chapter was a different story and that helped me because I would stop after each one being that some were so gruesome The way that she describes each story helped us to know about all his victims crimes and with that to know who Tommy Lynn Sells was and specially to know what he was capable of It was very well written and very detailed I strongly recommend this book to anyone that is interested in True Crime books


  6. says:

    SCARY but hard to put down