Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

Henry Lee Lucas: Prolific Serial Killer or Prolific Liar?

Final Words

Lucas flanked by prison guards
Lucas flanked by prison guards

No one knows exactly how many murders Henry Lee Lucas and Ottis Toole committed. Given Lucas's trickster methods and propensity to lie, it's likely that no one will ever know, beyond his mother, Kate Rich and Becky Powell. There seems to be good evidence that he killed others, but judges would not admit his confessions, so it was difficult to bring the cases to trial.

In March 2001, Henry Lee Lucas died in prison of natural causes. Thus ended one of the most unusual cases in the annals of criminal psychology.

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Bobby Joe Long
Bobby Joe Long

On a side note, during the 1990s, Lucas's distant cousin, Bobby Joe Long, was convicted in Florida of ten murders. He had also raped as many as fifty women, he admitted, finding them through classified ads.

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