Tommy Lynn Sells (born June 28, 1964) is an American serial killer. Sells and his twin sister, Tammy Jean, contracted meningitis when they turned 18 months old. While Sells suffered a high fever, he survived. His sister, however, died from the inflammation. Shortly thereafter, Sells was sent to live with his aunt Bonnie Woodall in Holcomb, Missouri. He lived with Woodall until he was five. When Sells was eight he began spending time with a man named Willis Clark, a man from a neighboring city. Clark would later be suspected of child molestation. Sells started traveling in order to find work. Because he was homeless at the time, he hitched rides, hopped trains and at one point stole a vehicle. He held several different jobs, often doing menial labor. Sells has claimed he committed his first murder at age 16, on a man who was performing oral sex on a young boy. In July 1985, when he was 21 years old, Sells was working at a carnival in Forsyth, Missouri.
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