Name: Henry Lee Lucas
Active: ~1950-1985 (vague)
Aliases: The Confession Killer
Classification: Serial Killer, Rapist, Drifter
Number of victims: 3 confirmed, 600+ alleged
Victims profile: mostly women, some men
"I hated all my life. I hated everybody. When I first grew up and can remember, I was dressed as a girl by my mother. And I stayed that way for two or three years. And after that I was treated like what I call the dog of the family. I was beaten. I was made to do things that no human bein’ would want to do." - Henry Lee Lucas
So, this article starts with a quote. Why that you may ask. Well, because I think the story of Henry Lee Lucas is very sad and deep, so I wanted to show you his words first, before I start with mine.
He was born in a horrific family and the circumstances make it look like he was always meant to be a serial killer. He was the youngest of nine children, lived in Virginia with his parents who were both alcoholics. His mum was a prostitute and she hated him more than anyone. He had to go to school in a dress, barefoot. When the teachers offered him shoes, his mother beat him because he accepted them.
She also forced her children to watch her having sex with her customers and her beloved ‘Uncle Bernie’. Later in his childhood, Lucas was injured in his eye-area with a knife, but instead of treating the wound his mother let it fester, so it had to be exchanged with an glass eye. That’s why he was also called ”One-Eyed Drifter”.
His father died of pneumonia, but before, he let Henry get used to Whisky, at the age of 10 he was already an alcoholic. If that wasn’t enough, Uncle Bernie and Henrys older brother went out with him to rape and kill animals, Lucas later said that he always had fun doing that. Henry claimed that his first sexual contact with a female was at the age of 14, were he raped and murdered an unknown girl.
Henry probably spent most of his life in jail. Not only for his murders, also for smaller delicts like burglary. In 1959 he killed his own mother after a fight, which was his first verified murder.
He went to jail for that, eventually he got out 1970 and 5 years later was when (so he claims) his killing orgy started. He hunted the streets for women to rape and kill, ‘76 his friend and accomplice Ottis Toole joined him. Together, so he claims, they killed over 600 people. Henry fell in love with Ottis sister, a 10 year old girl. He killed her too.
After so many years of killing and raping he was finally arrested in 1982, this was when is ‘confessions’ began. The police could only confirm 3 actual murders he comitted, but he claimed to have killed more every day. Investigators rushed into his cell to make sure he was the one they were looking for in different cases, Lucas enjoyed the attention he was never given before in life. But sooner or later his confessions began to be more and more ridiculous. He, who had never left the country, claimed to have murdered in Spain and Japan and he was the one who prepared the toxic for the Jonestown Massacre.
People stopped believing him, many people even wrote articles about how he was a fake killer that never actually murdered anyone.
I personally, think he did. And he is a perfect example of what happens when you mistreat a young child. His case is utterly sad and disturbing, I have no empathy for him, because what he did was wrong. But I do understand where it came from. I think Henry Lee Lucas is a poor, poor soul who was treated badly and all he would have needed was a little attention and love in his child days.
I can also recommend to you the movie ‘Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer’. It’s a film about him but loosely based on his actual crimes and confessions, but I thought it was really good and Michael Rookers acting skills are incredible. I found the movie to be surprisingly good and touching so if you’re interested, please watch it!
This was it for this weeks Actual Serial Killer Monday and I hope you enjoyed and that you’re keeping up with me!
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