'Tool Box Killer' Lawrence Bittaker, who kidnapped, raped and murdered five California teens, dies of natural causes aged 79 while on death row (photos)

Lawrence Sigmond Bittaker, one of the 'Tool Box Killers' who preyed on teenage girls in Southern California 40 years ago, has died of natural causes, state corrections officials said Monday.
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Bittaker and accomplice Roy Lewis North kidnapped, raped, tortured and murdered five girls in 1979. 
Bittaker (left) and accomplice Roy Lewis North (right) kidnapped, raped, tortured and murdered five girls in 1979. Their nickname came from the tools like a screwdriver, pliers and an ice pick that they used to torture and kill their victims
Their nickname came from the tools like a screwdriver, pliers and an ice pick that they used to torture and kill their victims.
Bittaker, 79, died Friday in San Quentin State Prison, the state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation said in a statement. 
The cause of death will be determined by the Marin County coroner.
Shirley Ledford (left), 16, Andrea Joy Hall (center), 18, and Jacqueline Leah Lamp (right), 13, were all killed by the two menThe killings began in June 1979, with the death of Lucinda Lynn Schaefer (right), 16. The men also killed Jackie Doris Gilliam (left), 15
The killings began that June, with the death of Lucinda Lynn Schaefer, 16. 
She was followed by Andrea Joy Hall, 18; Jacqueline Doris Gilliam, 15; Jacqueline Leah Lamp, 13, and Shirley Lynette Ledford, 16.
Norris testified against Bittaker after pleading guilty to all charges in exchange for prosecutors not seeking the death penalty against him.He was sentenced to death on March 22, 1981. Norris was sentenced to a term of 45 years to life and remains in prison.
Norris and Bittaker drove around California in their silver 1977 GMC cargo van, which they nicknamed 'Murder Mac,' and abducted, raped and killed the teens. 

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