Thirty four years ago, Jacksonville police arrested Springfield resident Ottis Toole for arson. In the months that followed, Toole confessed to being one half of a murderous duo responsible for more than 100 brutal slayings across the Southeast.
Though Toole’s involvement in some crimes was confirmed, others were called into question as the years wore on.
Now, the mystery surrounding one of the city’s most notorious serial killers is being adapted as a stage play after a Jacksonville professor turned it into a novel. The “Stalking Ottis Toole: A Southern Gothic” runs through Sunday at Florida State College at Jacksonville.