In 1960, Henry Lee Lucas murdered his mother Viola. After serving, Lucas claimed to have murdered hundreds of people across the country between his release in 1975 and his arrest for the killing of Kate Rich in 1983. Truth behind the cruel story Lucas was given during his detention for Rich's murder in Georgetown, Texas, conceives and reveals the gross maltreatment of Lucas' confessions by the Texas law enforcement agencies.
During his arrest and under the authority of Sheriff Jim Boutwell, Lucas confessed to hundreds of murders. The majority of Lucas's alleged victims were women. Boutwell, a Texas Ranger, created a task force to link Lucas' confessions to hundreds of other murders in the United States.
The Georgetown Task Force and Lucas, a convicted murderer, acted as a team performing a widespread public service: with each confession, Lucas closed a cold case and gave the grieving families of the victims a semblance of closure. In 1985, the Chicago Tribune surprised investigators [were] about [Lucas’s] cooperative stance and his miraculous memory, "which was believed to have" stopped him for some time from the lethal injection of the Texas executioner's needle ".
For real criminals, watching the five-part series is more than just a hit. In particular, in the first four episodes, The Confession Killer has so many twists that it's a bit difficult to keep up with Henry Lee Lucas' enigmatic destiny. The filmmakers Robert Kenner, Taki Oldham and Melissa Robledo present each development tactfully and use panting cliffhanger to keep the audience on the edge of their seats.
After Lucas confessed to having committed more than 350 murders across the Americas, Dallas journalist Lucas & # 39; sa closer timeline and realized that this was not true: based on Lucas & # 39; Confessions where he claimed to have killed After a day or two, thousands of miles apart, Lucas would have had to drive for days without refueling or sleeping … to turn around after each murder and drive another thousand kilometers. Such an overland tour is humanly possible but unlikely.
So began Aynesworth's investigation into the Georgetown Task Force, a group of law enforcement officials who appeared to be more interested in their own reputation and notoriety than actual crime investigation. And of course there is much more to the already described cruel story.
In particular, The Confession Killer also acts as a kind of retaliation for the families of the victims, who were misled by the Georgetown Task Force. The documentary sums up the point that Lucas's actions as a mass murderer and / or pathological liar directly affected the lives and emotions of countless others.
Families of victims, and especially members of the group Victims of Lucas tragedies are prominently featured in each episode to talk about their experience of losing a loved one and then being pushed around by law enforcement officers who confess Lucas's confessions mistakenly accepted as fact. After a majority of The Confession Killer was intended for interviews with Lucas and the meticulous dissection of his state of mind, the series serves to uncover the victims' families.  The documentaries focus on the families of the victims.
As sensational as is the confessional killer he discusses issues and dilemmas of a topic that is becoming ever more urgent and relevant. By using Lucas's numerous confessions to close cases without rigorous validation, law enforcement officials did not provide effective (or accurate) service to their local communities and to the nation as a whole. Even as they tried to hold the Georgetown Task Force and the Texas Rangers to account, they retaliated.
The program notes that crime has increased tenfold with the advent of DNA forensics technology.
Although Lucas largely faked the details and motives of the murders he allegedly committed, listening to his monologues about the visceral hatred of women is still disconcerting and appalling to viewers. In this context it should be mentioned that The Confession Killer is not for the faint-hearted. it will most likely lead to an upset stomach.
The filmmakers briefly brief Nan Cuba during his visit to the task force, explaining how she felt frightened to talk to a man who called herself a woman-hating mass murderer. As one of the few women in such a boys' club, Cuba recalls in shock that Lucas was handcuffed and brought strawberry milkshakes in exchange for his confession. Her succinct commentary is not enough.
Mass murderer or not, Lucas's rhetoric is undoubtedly the product of patriarchy (albeit an extreme outlier). In addition, his partnership with the Georgetown Task Force was allegedly based on a brotherly relationship with the Texas Rangers. I would have liked to see filmmakers putting those two realities in the spotlight in the same way that documentary filmmakers were careful to touch the other main themes].