Henry Lee Lucas

Serial Killer
Born Aug 23, 1936

Henry Lee Lucas was an American criminal, convicted of murder in 11 different cases and once listed as America's most prolific serial killer; he later recanted his confessions, and flatly stated "I am not a serial killer" in a letter to researcher Brad Shellady.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Henry Lee Lucas.


1936 Birth He was born on August 23, 1936 in Blacksburg, Virginia. … Read More


1949 12 Years Old In December 1949, Lucas' father, Anderson, whose legs had been severed in a railroad accident, died of hypothermia after going home drunk and collapsing outside during a blizzard. … Read More
1951 14 Years Old Lucas claimed to have committed his first murder in 1951, when he strangled 17-year-old Laura Burnsley, who had refused his sexual advances. … Read More
1954 17 Years Old On June 10, 1954, Lucas was convicted on over a dozen counts of burglary in and around Richmond, Virginia, and was sentenced to four years in prison.


1957 20 Years Old He escaped in 1957, was recaptured three days later, and was subsequently released on September 2, 1959.
1959 22 Years Old In late 1959, Lucas traveled to Tecumseh, Michigan to live with his half-sister, Opal. … Read More
1960 23 Years Old On January 11, 1960, in Tecumseh, Michigan, Lucas killed his mother during an argument regarding whether or not he should return home to her house to care for her as she grew older. … Read More


1970 33 Years Old …  After serving 10 years in prison, he was released in June 1970 due to prison overcrowding.
1971 34 Years Old In 1971, Lucas was convicted of attempting to kidnap three schoolgirls. … Read More
1975 38 Years Old They married on his release in 1975, but he left two years later after his stepdaughter accused him of sexually abusing her. … Read More


1983 46 Years Old 1 More Event
Lucas was a prime suspect in the killing of Rich. A few months later, in June 1983, he was arrested on charges of unlawful possession of a firearm by Texas Ranger Phil Ryan. … Read More
1984 47 Years Old In 1984, Lucas confessed to the murder of a previously unidentified girl, Tammy Alexander, known as the Caledonia Jane Doe until early 2015, discovered in 1979. … Read More
1985 48 Years Old 1 More Event
After the story appeared in April 1985 and revealed the flawed methods of the Lucas Task Force, law enforcement opinion began to turn against the claims that crimes had been solved. … Read More


1994 57 Years Old …  The lawmen most involved with Lucas were widely seen as refusing to admit that they had been fooled by him, according to a 1994 article in Texas Monthly magazine. … Read More
1995 58 Years Old Two documentary films have been released: 1995's The Serial Killers and the 1995 television documentary Henry Lee Lucas: The Confession Killer.


1998 61 Years Old …  A newspaper exposed the improbable logistics of the confessions made by Lucas, when they were taken as a whole, and a study by the Attorney General of Texas concluded he had falsely confessed; the death sentence was commuted to life in prison in 1998. … Read More
2001 64 Years Old 1 More Event
On March 12, 2001, at 11pm Lucas was found dead in prison from heart failure at age 64.
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