Through the Window

The Terrifying True Story of Cross-Country Killer Tommy Lynn Sells

The true story of the cross country trail of murder committed by serial killer Tommy Lynn Sells. This new True Crime Classic edition updates the unfolding events in this story since its original publication in 2003 including the pivotal role this book played in obtaining justice for wrongfully convicted Julie Rea Harper.

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.
THROUGH THE WINDOW is more 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.


New developments in the Tommy Lynn Sells story.


“I couldn’t put it down until I had finished it. I’m amazed at how much research you had to have done, and for the parts I actually knew about, the accuracy was more than I could have expected. I have to tell my friends that if they read this book, they will be able to experience everything that I did, just as if they had experienced it themselves. I’m a reader and have read many books and still do, but I’m still surprised at how well you wove everything into a story that’s enjoyable to read and accurate to detail.”

Herb Betz, Del Rio, Texas

“I would like to take this opportunity to recommend Diane Fanning’s book to all of you who are fascinated with the bizarre minds of serial killers like I am. I couldn’t put it down and will admit to extra vigilance now in checking to make sure that my doors and windows are secure. She did an excellent job in chronicling Tommy Lynn Sells life in chilling detail. As I read these accounts, I could not imagine what it must have taken to sit across the table from this man to interview him. Great job and a scary read!”

CB, Port Aransas, Texas

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