TRANSCRIPT: '20/20' Interview with Tommy Lynn Sells

Below is an uncorrected transcript of an interview "20/20" conducted in 2004 with convicted serial killer Tommy Lynn Sells.

INTERVIEWER

OK, Tommy, you know why we're here. So, let's get right to it. You have been questioned about the murder of a boy in Lawrenceville, Illinois.

TOMMY

No.

INTERVIEWER

OK.

TOMMY

See, I read that, too, and, and uh-

INTERVIEWER

You haven't been officially questioned, you're right. Let me start again.

TOMMY

OK.

INTERVIEWER

May I?

TOMMY

Yeah.

INTERVIEWER

When you heard about the murder of a boy in Lawrenceville, Kansas, excuse me. When you heard about the murder of a boy in Lawrenceville, Illinois, you indicated that you may have committed that crime.

TOMMY

The only thing I've ever said about that murder was that it happened two days before the Springfield, uh, Missouri murder.

INTERVIEWER

Why did you say that?

TOMMY

Because, I killed someone two days before that, and I wanted to know, was that it?

INTERVIEWER

You mean, you killed someone two days...

TOMMY

Prior to the Springfield, Illinois murder.

INTERVIEWER

Right.

TOMMY

And, and when I heard about that murder, I said, did it happen two days before the Springfield murder? And that's the only thing I've ever said. And, and no one has ever questioned me, no one has ever, period.

INTERVIEWER

Did you commit the murder of the boy in Lawrenceville?

TOMMY

I committed a murder two days before, the Springfield murder. I know this. Is it this murder you're talking about? I'm assuming, got a good shot at it. You know. But, but to be-

INTERVIEWER

Can you tell me, Tommy, what you remember about that murder?

TOMMY

Next to nothing. And, and I tried talking to Bob [NAME UNCLEAR] about this, and uh, y'all, y'all come here in forty-five minutes and you want me to disclose a murder investigation that, I've sat through many, and it takes hours. And, and y'all just want me to try to say that I've done something that I'm not a hundred percent sure, I'm not even forty percent sure. I know I committed a murder two days before Springfield...

INTERVIEWER

Can you tell me what you do remember about that?

TOMMY

I remember getting in a fight with a woman. Well, not a fight, but a struggle.

INTERVIEWER

Where was that? At a diner? At a restaurant-

TOMMY

No, no, during the murder.

INTERVIEWER

During the murder?

TOMMY

Right. OK. And I thought it was her that I killed. But apparently it wasn't. Now, y'all saying it's a boy, and, and you know, it wasn't like I asked for a name and, and, you know, I just went in to a dark room and started cutting. Or stabbing.

INTERVIEWER

Do you remember why you went to that particular house?

TOMMY

Well, see, I wouldn't say I had the right house, but I'm not even sure if I went to the right house. Uh.

INTERVIEWER

Were you looking for someone or something?

TOMMY

Yes.

INTERVIEWER

What were you looking for?

TOMMY

I was looking for a woman, uh, that, that I had got into an argument with at a little convenience store earlier that day. And I had followed her, and thinking this is where she lives. No, go figure that. You know, it's, it sounds awful coincidental, the finger sure points to that one. You know. But, but before I say, yeah, I did something, I want to know I did it. I just don't want to come out here and say, uh, a bag of hoo-hoo, and say this is what you want to hear, this is what I want to tell you. I'm, I'm, you understand what I'm saying?

INTERVIEWER

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