Last week I discussed Aileen Wuornos and how she killed seven men along the coast of Florida. This week I will be analyzing the sixth most well-known serial killer: Henry Lee Lucas. He was cited as being known as the “Confession Killer” due to the fact that he confessed to hundreds, if not thousands, of deaths over his lifetime. With this specific killer, life was not too kind to him.
Henry Lee Lucas’ life started when he was born on August 23, 1936 in Blacksburg, Virginia and he was the youngest of nine children. His mother was an undiagnosed psychotic and alcoholic and his father was an alcoholic. His mother was also a prostitute that would cross dress Henry in public and often make him watch her with her clients. After Henry had gotten into a fight with his brother and had gotten stabbed in the eye, Viola, his mother, ignored the wound for three days which lead to it becoming infected and it’s eventual removal. Viola would often beat not only her children, but her husband as well. Young Henry had become an alcoholic by age ten and by his teens he was involved with an older half brother, killing animals and violating their bodies out of curiosity and for enjoyment. His father, Anderson, had lost his legs due to a railroad accident and froze to death when Henry was thirteen after drunkenly falling asleep outside during a blizzard.
His first murder was said to have been committed when he was only fourteen/fifteen years old. His testimony revealed to be very unreliable and he later withdrew the confession; however, this was only the beginning for Henry Lee Lucas. He continued to act in such ungodly manners which landed him in and out of jail for pretty much the rest of his life. When Lucas was released in 1959, his aging mother required his help. Lucas agreed but apart of his terms was that he was not going to stay long. On January 11, 1960 the two had gotten in a drunken fight which lead Henry to stab his mother in the neck which brought on a fatal heart attack. He was arrested for second degree murder and sentenced twenty-forty years. Even though this was one of the more serious crimes Lucas was charged with, he only served ten years for the murder of his mother. He was let out in 1970 due to prison overcrowding and went back to the only lifestyle he knew of to only be imprisoned eighteen months later for the attempted kidnapping of three schoolgirls. He then got engaged and married to a prison pen pal, however he fled when his step daughter accused him of abuse.
This then lead to a drifting period of Lucas’ life where he found Ottis Toole who would become both his romantic and killing partner. Despite their relationship, Lucas had become common law spouses with Toole’s mentally challenged young niece. Eventually they would move from Florida to Texas, which is unfortunately where he ended up killing her. When Lucas was finally brought in, he confessed to hundreds of murders, what he claimed to be for attention, yet there were instances where he shared details only the killer would have known. He might not have killed hundreds, but he definitely proved his ability to kill numerous individuals. He was convicted of eleven murders and sentenced life in prison in 1998 and then died of heart failure in prison in 2001.
Henry Lee Lucas claimed to be one of the most notorious serial killers in the United States. From the beginning, things were not promising and his life ended up being shaped by the nurturing events of his childhood and adolescence. He truly didn’t deserve the amount of chances at reality he got by being released multiple times. The fact that he was even able to confess to the killings of hundreds speaks wonders about his character and his mental state. If a creature like Henry Lee Lucas was able to be created within the walls of the house of his parents, I wonder how the other eight children turned out. I hope his victims and their families are at peace.
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