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Henry Lee Lucas

Serial Killer
Male
Born Aug 23, 1936
Hometown Blacksburg, Virginia
Died Mar 13, 2001

Henry Lee Lucas was an American criminal, indicted in 246 cases of murder and once listed as America's most prolific serial killer. In June 1983, Lucas was taken into custody for illegal possession of a firearm. He then began bragging about a cross-country murder spree spanning several decades. Lucas took police to the crime scenes and burial sites of 246 people and thus closed many cases.… Read More

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CHILDHOOD

1936 Birth Born on August 23, 1936.

TEENAGE

1949 12 Years Old In December 1949, Anderson Lucas 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 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.

TWENTIES

1957 20 Years Old He escaped in 1957, was recaptured three days later, and was 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 the course of an ongoing argument regarding whether or not he should return home to his mother's house to care for her as she grew older. … Read More

THIRTIES

1970 33 Years Old …  After serving 10 years in prison, he was released in June 1970 due to prison overcrowding.
1976 39 Years Old Lucas drifted around the American South, working a number of mostly short-term jobs. In Florida, he made the acquaintance of Ottis Toole in 1976 and had a sexual relationship with Toole's 12-year-old niece, Frieda Powell, who had escaped from a juvenile detention facility. … Read More

FORTIES

1978 41 Years Old In 1978, Lucas and Toole formed what has been called a "homosexual crime team" and embarked on a cross-country murder spree. … Read More
1981 44 Years Old The Houston Chronicle article quotes Harold Murphy of Marianna, Florida, who remained convinced that Lucas killed his daughter Jerilyn in 1981. … Read More
1983 46 Years Old 1 More Event
Lucas was arrested on June 11, 1983 by Texas Ranger Phil Ryan, initially for unlawful firearm possession. … Read More
1986 49 Years Old …  In response to these claims, and to reports of the Lucas Task Force's questionable investigative methodology, the Texas Attorney General's office issued a study (sometimes called "The Lucas Report") in 1986. … Read More

FIFTIES

1996 59 Years Old Lucas's supposed confidant, Ottis Toole, died on September 15, 1996, from cirrhosis of the liver. … Read More

LATE ADULTHOOD

1998 61 Years Old In 1998, the Texas Board of Pardon and Parole voted to commute Lucas's death sentence to life imprisonment, in accordance with Governor George W. Bush's request. … Read More
2001 65 Years Old On March 13, 2001, Lucas died in prison from heart failure at age 64. … Read More
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