Henry Lee Lucas is often cited as the most prolific serial killer in history. However, there’s severe doubts as to whether everything he’s confessed to can be trusted. That issue is examined in Netflix’s upcoming true crime docuseries The Confession Killer.
Henry Lee Lucas famously served as the inspiration for John McNaughton’s excellent 1986 film Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer, starring Michael Rooker. In truth, that film only scratched the surface of Henry’s real life exploits, at least according to him.
While it’s evident that Henry Lee Lucas was a monster, there’s reason to believe that he loved the spotlight so much that he vastly overinflated his body count. The Confession Killer, trailer seen below, takes a look at whether or not Lucas was telling the truth.
Anyone familiar with the Henry Lee Lucas case will likely agree that there’s little chance he committed every murder he took credit for, numbering in the hundreds. In fact, as the trailer mentions, some feel his false confessions were used to close cold cases.
The Confession Killer is just the latest in a string of true crime docuseries produced by Netflix. and why not, as several of them have been very successful. One wonders which historical monster will get the Netflix treatment next. I vote for John Wayne Gacy.