Shirley Ledford was only 18 years old when she was brutally assaulted, tortured and murdered by Lawrence Bittaker and Roy Norris, known as “The Toolbox Killers”, on Halloween Night of October 31, 1979. You can read more about her murder or the Toolbox Killers here.
Detective Paul Bynum, 39, a retired officer in the Hermosa Beach Police Department and the chief investigator of the murders committed by Lawrence Bittaker and Roy Norris, committed suicide with a .38 caliber pistol in December 1987. In his suicide note, Bynum specifically referred to the murders committed by Bittaker and Norris as haunting him, and of his fear they may be released from prison.
In the Netflix series “Mindhunter” there’s a reference to the audiotape. As a new member of the team, Agent Gregg Smith, is forced to listen to the audiotape by Agent Ford Holden, in order to make him ready for the evilness he’ll witness during his career.