Henry Lee Lucas.
Does the name ring a bell for you?
If you’re a member of the baby boomer generation, it’s likely you have heard this man’s name before. If you’re like me, you’re probably wondering who the hell Henry Lee Lucas is, and further, why I’m bringing him up.
I will gladly tell you why.
About a week ago, my boyfriend Blaine and I were trying to determine what to watch on Netflix. He pointed out a mini-series titled The Confession Killer, and after watching the trailer, we both agreed to let it play.
Netflix’s The Confession Killer tells the story of Henry Lee Lucas, who “was known as America’s most prolific serial killer, admitting to hundreds of murders,” says Netflix’s synopsis of the mini-series via IMDb’s website. The catch, though, is that Lucas’ confessions didn’t line up with DNA results affiliated with the cases he admitted to beginning in the 1960s, leading to the possible exposure of “the biggest criminal justice hoax in U.S. history,” the synopsis states.
Prior to seeing this mini-series’ trailer on Netflix, I had never heard of this guy, nor had my boyfriend. I was completely stunned to learn this man confessed to killing over 600 women over a span of a few years in the U.S., so we started watching.
Needless to say, it was hard to stop watching. That’s how bat shit crazy the entire Henry Lee Lucas situation was and remains to be. It’s a five-episode series, each episode spanning roughly 45 minutes, and I was completely enthralled from start to finish.
I’m not going to spoil anything if you’re interested in watching, but I highly recommend giving it a view. Regardless if you’re familiar with Lucas or not, his story and his involvement with the Texas Ranger is one that is worthy of watching, and it truly demonstrates how flawed, skewed and manipulated the legal system can be when in control of unreliable people.