Henry Lee Lucas was once named America’s most prolific serial killer – that’s certainly how he liked to think of himself, anyway. Among his victims were his own mother, whom he stabbed in the neck, a crime for which he served 15 years in prison.
In fact, investigators inquired with Lucas about his alleged involvement in about 3,000 homicides from 40 states across the United States.
During the 1960s and 1970s, he claimed to have drifted across the country, stabbing, strangling and murdering a total of 600 people along the way. If true, he would have been one of the most prodigious killers in history.
He was able to recount his alleged murders in incredible detail for investigators. He would draw out a portrait of his victims for police, even include the colour of their eyes and the way they smiled.
For detectives, Lucas’ confessions brought closure to the cases and for the grieving families of the victims.
In reality, however, he was a ferocious fabulist. He admittedly lied about the overwhelming majority of crimes he confessed to, most of which were unsolved murders that today remain cold cases.
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Lucas’ crimes started unravelling when the Dallas Times Herald launched an investigation into the killer’s admissions and critically questioned law enforcement’s seemingly blind acceptance of his confessions.
The publication claimed that it simply wasn’t possible for Lucas to have committed the crimes he claimed to be guilty of, and suggested that officials were withholding crucial information that could have exonerated the man.
Despite his lies for a number of cases, he certainly was a killer. Lucas was convicted of murdering 11 people, and was sentenced to death for his crimes.
According to Dallas Times Herald, Lucas admitted to the hoax, saying he wanted ″to show law enforcement doesn’t do its job.″
″I only got three. But they’re [law enforcement officials] goin’ wild every time I tell ’em about some more,″ Lucas told the publication.