Henry Lee Lucas Documentary Part 1





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Published on Dec 27, 2011

Henry Lee Lucas (August 23, 1936 -- March 13, 2001) was an American criminal, convicted of murder in 189 cases and once listed as America's most prolific serial killer; he later recanted his confessions, despite professing information only the assailant would know and flatly stating "I'm a liar" in a letter to researcher Brad Shellady. Lucas confessed to involvement in about 600 murders, but a more widely circulated total of about 350 murders committed by Lucas is based on confessions deemed "believable" by a Texas-based Lucas Task Force, a group which was later criticized by then-Attorney General of Texas, Jim Mattox, and others for sloppy police work. Some critics believe his recantations were a tactic to brew reasonable doubt and evade execution.

Beyond his recantation, some of Lucas' confessions have been challenged as probable by a number of critics, including law enforcement and court officials. Originally being taken in on a firearms warrant, Lucas claimed to have been initially subjected to poor treatment and coercive interrogation tactics while in police custody and confessed to his crimes only to improve his living conditions. Amnesty International reported "the belief of two former state Attorneys General that Lucas was in all likelihood guilty of the crimes for which he was sentenced to death".

Lucas's death sentence was commuted to life in prison in 1998 by then-Governor George W. Bush. It was the first successful commutation of a death sentence in Texas since the re-institution of the death penalty in Texas in 1982. Lucas died in prison of natural causes. Lucas still maintains a reputation, in the mind of author Sarah L. Knox, "as one of the world's worst serial killers—even after the recanting of the majority of his confessions".

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