Henry Lucas and Ottis Toole Gallery


Henry Lee Lucas (August 23, 1936– March 13, 2001) was an American criminal, convicted of murder and once listed as America's most prolific serial killer; he later recanted his confessions, and flatly stated "I am not a serial killer" in a letter to researcher Patrick Poff. Lucas confessed to involvement in about 600 murders, with an average of about one murder every five days between his release from prison in mid-1975 to his arrest in mid-1983. A more widely circulated total of about 350 murders committed by Lucas is based on confessions deemed "believable" by a Texas-based Lucas Task Force, a group which was criticized by the Attorney General of Texas, Jim Mattox, and others for sloppy police work and taking part in an extended "hoax".



In 1978, vagabond criminals Ottis Elwood Toole and Henry Lee
Lucas headed to Jacksonville, Florida to spend time at the home
of Toole's mother and sister. Lucas immediately fell in love with
Toole's 10-year old female niece, Frieda "Becky" Powell, whom
he would eventually adopt as an under-aged traveling companion.
When Toole's mother and sister died within a few months of each
other, the pair of outlaw drifters took Becky on the road where she
was exposed to every imaginable form of depravity and criminal
activity. By 1982, Becky had become the common-law wife of
Lucas, who was over 30 years her senior. When child welfare
authorities launched a search for Becky, she and Lucas fled to
California and then, Texas, winding up in the All People's House
of Prayer, a religious commune outside of Stoneburg. But 15–
year-old Becky was homesick, and one night this unlikely pair of
lovers had a serious disagreement. Becky slapped Lucas and, just
as he had done 22 years earlier during an argument with his
abusive mother, Henry Lee pulled a knife and stabbed his young
common-law bride to death. He then dismembered her corpse and
created a cover story about Becky having run off with a passing
truck driver. Henry soon reconnected with Ottis and the pair are
believed to have gone on a savage serial killing spree which ended
with both of them being captured and eventually convicted of
multiple murder charges. In the early 1990’s, Texas prison inmate
Henry Lee Lucas established a deep emotional involvement with a
female pen pal named Phyllis Wilcox. Phyllis often expressed an
intention to marry Lucas and share a home with him and vowed to
do anything she could to make that fervent desire a reality. During
a series of in-person visits and in a string of slyly crafted letters,
Henry And Phyllis devised a scheme that they believed would
ultimately result in Henry’s release and the freedom to pursue
their dream existence together. Since Frieda “Becky” Powell’s body
was never recovered, Phyllis would approach authorities and claim
to be the missing girl, stating that she had been alive all the time
and living under the assumed identity of Phyllis Wilcox. The
plotters believed that the sudden appearance of Becky would
throw the whole case against Henry into disarray … all the
evidence and investigative techniques would be called into
question and Henry would be released as a result. The typed and
handwritten Lucas material in this auction directly pertains to this
nefarious plot and represents some of the most amazing
correspondence that has ever surfaced on a major true crime
figure. The most fascinating item is a two-page fully typed letter
(with envelope) where Henry officially feeds Phyllis all the details
she’ll need to effectively pose as Becky Powell. Lucas is very cagey
throughout in the way he structures the text and was careful not to
sign the letter so he could better deny having composed it, if
necessary. Also in this package is a three-page handwritten follow-
up letter from Henry to Phyllis, dated one month later, where Lucas
laments that the scheme is showing signs of falling apart … even
his dear friend and mentor Clemmie Schroeder has seen through
the ruse and boldly denounced it. In an obvious self-preservation
tactic, Henry tailors his text to appear like a somewhat baffled,
innocent bystander and not the chief architect of the misguided
masquerade. This letter comes with an envelope sporting a full
Henry Lee Lucas signature and Henry scrawls a huge “I Love You”
at the tail of the letter in an attempt to brace his beloved for the
seemingly inevitable trouble to come. In addition to these two
exceptional letters, this auction features a host of other related
pieces … the most amazing of these would be a handwritten letter
from Ottis Toole’s sister, Vaughnetta, addressed to “Frieda
Powell” (Wilcox) where she expresses guarded joy at the notion
that her niece is indeed alive and requests more proof that she is
indeed the long lost Becky. Other unique items included in this

· An 8 ½ x 11” laserprint sheet containing some color candid
images of Phyllis and family
· An 8 ½ x11” laserprint color portrait of Henry onto which
Phyllis has inked a fair facsimile of Henry’s signature, much in
the same juvenile fashion that youthful Beatle fans used to
scrawl the autographs of their favorite mop-tops on magazine
photos and school notebooks.
· A 3x5 card signed by Phyllis Wilcox.
· A one-of-kind Polaroid snapshot of Henry taken during a
prison visit
· A Polaroid of Phyllis signed by her on the thick white border
· Two 3 ½ x 5” exclusive original photo prints of Henry taken
during a prison visit.
· An original newspaper article about Henry’s death sentence
being upheld … comes with original envelope with the typed
return address of Henry’s lawyer.
· A six page illustrated story of the Henry and Phyllis plot.
It’s not likely that any other original Henry Lee Lucas
correspondence this significant will be surfacing anytime soon …
don’t pass up this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to acquire a truly
remarkable package of Lucas material.
Here's a Youtube link to a vintage TV report which chronicles the
odd love affair between Henry & Phyllis ... in the report you'll see
a shot featuring some of the very letters I'm currently offering :



Lengthy, good content Henry Lee Lucas letters appear to be
growing scarcer by the day. The good news for any collectors
who have been holding out for a particularly nice one is that I’m
currently posting on this site, the last of a spectacular batch of
handwritten Lucas correspondence, most of which hails from his
one-time fiancé Phyllis Wilcox. Throughout the early to mid 1990’s,
Lucas and Wilcox shared what would prove to be an unhealthy
obsession with one another, inspiring Henry to routinely pen
surprisingly personal text topped off with steamy romantic
passages. The relationship ultimately took a chaotic turn after
Henry managed to saddle his beloved with the unenviable task of
presenting herself to authorities as one of his best-known missing
murder victims, Becky Powell. The goal was to convince
investigators that they had mishandled Henry’s case by not
knowing Becky had been alive all along … the resulting fallout
would leave them with no choice but to release the convicted serial
killer from prison. The batch of letters I’m offering are from the
very time that this bizarre scheme was in motion and several of the
letters have amazingly bold references to the plot, especially given
the fact that Henry’s mail was constantly being monitored by the
prison mailroom staff. The scheme failed and became a major news
item and subject of the book “Dead Wrong”. As most serious
collectors know, exceptional content is the most essential factor
when it comes to the value of letters from notable persons. You’re
not likely to find more remarkable or fascinating Henry Lee Lucas
content than in his letters to beloved fiancé and accomplice Phyllis
Wilcox. Do take time to look over all the posted Wilcox/Lucas
letters … many have fascinating insights into Henry’s sly and
manipulative nature and you’ll never see more laughably gooey or
disturbingly creepy romantic dialogue.






Beyond his recantation, some of Lucas' confessions have been challenged as inaccurate by a number of critics, including law enforcement and court officials. Lucas claimed to have been initially subjected to poor treatment and coercive interrogation tactics while in police custody, and to have confessed to murders in an effort to improve his living conditions. Amnesty International reported "the belief of two former state Attorneys General that Lucas was in all likelihood innocent of the crime for which he was sentenced to death."

Lucas's sentence was commuted to life in prison in 1998 by then-Governor George W. Bush. It remains the only commutation in Bush's entire history as Governor of Texas and the only successful commutation of a death sentence in Texas since the re-institution of the death penalty in Texas in 1982. Lucas died in prison of natural causes. Because Lucas' death removed the possibility of resolution in many instances, a number of questions remain unresolved. Some authorities—while admitting that Lucas tended to exaggerate his accounts and told some outright lies, and also recognizing that the Lucas Task Force engaged in some very questionable tactics—insist that Lucas was a viable suspect in a number of unsolved murders. Despite these factors, Lucas still maintains a reputation, in the words of author Sarah L. Knox, "as one of the world's worst serial killers—even after the debunking of the majority of his confessions by the Attorney General of Texas."

Lucas allegedly carried out many murders with an accomplice, Ottis Toole, whose reputation as a serial killer is mostly unaltered by Lucas' recantations.




Ottis Toole handprint in paint on 8.5 x 11 paper framed and matted ans signed Ottis Toole





Cannibal Ottis Toole BBQ sauce receipe
Ottis Elwood Toole
Copy of the original receipe on 8.5 x 11




Ottis Toole original ink drawing on 8.5 x 11 white paper. This is signed in full Ottis Toole and dated 11, 16, 91. Ottis Toole was officially named the killer of Adam Walsh after all these years. This piece was done in prison and portrays the evil Ottis Toole.

279.99$ USD

239.99$ USD



Ottis Toole handwritten envelope in black ink signed Ottis Toole with complete return address

89.99$ USD



Hands of Death handwritten poem signed Ottis Toole and Juan Vega



Superbe 16 x 20 painting on canvas by Henry Lucas signed on front and back - one-of-kind-

BY HENRY LEE LUCAS as seen on the movie Collectors!

1299.99$ USD