Source: The Daily Beast
In the early 1980s, Henry Lee Lucas claimed that he had murdered 100 women. Wait, make that 150 women. Or was it 200? No, 360. Actually, he thought it could be as many as 600. Such boasts instantly made him the world’s most prolific serial killer.
The thing is, it was almost certainly a lie.
Directors Robert Kenner and Taki Oldham’s incisive, infuriating five-part Netflix miniseries, “The Confession Killer,” is the story of a man intent on mythologizing himself—and, just as crucially, about the media and law enforcement’s desire to mythologize him, to their own benefit.
A poor Virginia native with a droopy eye, few teeth, and an IQ of 87, Lucas was convicted at an early age of murdering his abusive mother. Upon his release, he was pinned for killing both his girlfriend Becky Powell and his 82-year-old landlord Kate Rich.
When questioned about the latter double-homicide, Lucas began talking, first about his outstanding warrants, and then about how and where he had offed the two women.
It was, by all appearances, an open-and-shut case—until, at his arraignment, he asked the judge what they should do about the other 100 women he had killed, and then all hell broke loose.
“The Confession Killer” premieres December 6 on Netflix.
Read the story at The Daily Beast.
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