The Confession Killer (Netflix)

Brendan’s Alternate Tagline: If you can’t trust a murderer, who can you trust?

Quick synopsis: An investigation into the confessions of Henry Lee Lucas, who confessed to over 100 murders.

Fun Fact Non-History People Will Like: Lucas told a Japanese documentary director that he may have killed people in Japan. When asked how he got there, he said, “I drove.”

Fun Fact for History Nerds: Any self-respecting law enforcement officer will be horrified about the conditions Lucas lived in while confessing. He was given special privileges, field trips to confess, and even called the officers around him his “friends.”

My Take: Who would admit to a crime they didn’t commit? Henry Lee Lucas, apparently.

Some things are irrefutable. He murdered his mother and even he admits that. After that, it all gets a little more confusing. Lucas most likely killed his girlfriend and his employer. He took authorities to the bodies and it seems pretty clear he did it.

In custody, he suddenly started confessing to a lot of other murders. He confessed to so many that a task force was created solely to identify his victims. This is where the documentary truly takes off as you can see these wheels moving and immediately it seems too good to be true. It is.

Once these confessions start coming under fire, then you start to see law enforcement turning on itself. The whole thing takes on a life of its own and it’s a very interesting watch.

Verdict: It is very infuriating but a very interesting phycological look at cohesion and the mind of someone desperate to please. 

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