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Roy Norris and Lawrence Bittaker
Transcript of Roy Norris and Lawrence Bittaker
Bittaker was adopted, and moved between different states often as a child. Bittaker. Shortly thereafter he was picked up for car theft, leaving the scene of a hit-and-run accident, and evading arrest. He was imprisoned in the California Youth Authority until he was 19. He was released after 2 years. Following his release, he was picked up two months later for parole violation and suspected robbery. While in prison. In July 2 years later he was arrested and convicted of theft and leaving a hit-and-run accident. He was released after 1 year. In March of the following year he was picked up for burglary and parole violation. He served three years of that sentence. He was arrested again when he stabbed a supermarket employee in the parking lot of the business. The man survived, and Bittaker was convicted of attempted murder. He was given a psychiatric evaluation, which said instead that he was a classic sociopath and a sophisticated psychopath. Despite the psychiatrists' warnings, he was released in November 1978 and moved to Los Angeles.
Bittaker and Norris met while in prison at the California Men's Colony in San Luis Obispo. Keeping their prison friendship, Bittaker and Norris hatched a plan to rape and kill local girls. Bittaker bought a 1977 GMC cargo van, which they came to call "Murder Mack", because it had no side windows in the back and a large passenger side sliding door. They gave their plan a test run. They drove along the Pacific Coast Highway, stopped at beaches, talked to girls and took their pictures. When the pair was arrested, police found close to 500 pictures among Bittaker's possessions. In 1979, their first victim, a 16 year old girl, was killed. Their next victim, an 18 year old girl, was killed that July. There were 3 more cases of committed murder of women following similar characteristics. They raped and tortured the girls using toolbox instrument.
Where are they now?
At the trial, both Norris and Bittaker were charged with murder, kidnapping, forcible rape, sexual perversion and criminal conspiracy. Bittaker was convicted of rape, torture, kidnapping, and murder on February 17, 1981 and sentenced to death. As of February 2008, Bittaker is still on death row, where he still receives mail, which he signs using his nickname "Pliers" Bittaker. Norris was also sentenced, but was spared a life sentence or being executed in return for his testimony against Bittaker. Norris was denied parole in 2009, and will be eligible in another ten years.
*Bittaker was classified with borderline personality disorder twice before being diagnosed as both a sociopath and a psychopath.
*Bittaker was 8 years older than Norris.
*Norris served in the Vietnam War.
*They recorded many of their incidents.
Roy Norris and Lawrence Bittaker
"tool box killers"
At 17, Norris dropped out of school and joined the Navy. In San Diego, Norris was arrested on November 1969 for attempted rape. Three months later, out on bail, he was arrested again. He had tried to attack a woman in her home. At this point Norris was discharged from the Navy for psychological problems. In May 1970, while still out on bail, he attacked a female student on the San Diego State University campus. He had jumped the woman from behind, hit her on the head with a rock, then slammed her head several times on the concrete. The woman survived, so Norris was only charged with assault with a deadly weapon. He was sent to Atascadero State Hospital as a sex offender and spent five years there. When released he was considered no further danger to others. Three months after his release Norris attacked and raped a 27-year-old woman. He was then sent to the California Men's Colony in San Luis Obispo. While there he met and befriended Bittaker. Norris claims Bittaker saved his life twice in prison, which bound him to Bittaker according to the "prisoner's code". Norris was released on January 15, 1979 and moved in with his mother in Los Angeles, this is where it is believed he began an incestuous relationship.
Their lives leading up to the murders...
"We've all heard women scream in horror films ... still, we know that no-one is really screaming. Why? Simply because an actress can't produce some sounds that convince us that something vile and heinous is happening. If you ever heard that tape, there is just no possible way that you'd not begin crying and trembling. I doubt you could listen to more than a full sixty seconds of it."
-Norris, regarding one of the recordings he and Bittaker made