The Life of Mass Murderer, Henry Lee Lucas Essay

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The Life of Mass Murderer, Henry Lee Lucas

"Henry Lee Lucas enjoyed holding the title of 'the most infamous man on death row.' His fleeting fame did not evolve from the three cold-blooded murders he did commit, but from hundreds of murders he did not." (Bonnie Bobit) He confessed to hundreds of murders to prove several points, as well as to delay his death sentence. Lucas lived through a childhood of abuse and neglect. If there is a case that proves a person's childhood is reflected in their later actions this could certainly be one. He was never taught that life had any value and perhaps this led him into a life of crime. (killer index)

Henry Lee Lucas was born on August 23, 1936, in Blacksburg Virginia. Lucas's mother was an
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(Bonnie Bobit)

Henry became a career criminal at an early age and was in and out of correctional institutions, mostly for burglary. There are a lot of discrepancies to actually when Henry's first murder was or how many that were committed. Perhaps the first was his mother. On January 11, 1960 after a few drinks at a bar, Henry and his mother got into an argument and he staped her to death, he supposedly raped her dead corpse after that. Not only did Henry enjoy necrophile, but bestiality. Henry was sentenced to 40 years in prison, however he only severed 10, and shortly after he was in prison he was transferred to a mental institution. Lucas was diagnosed a suicidal psychopath, sadist, sexual deviant (including necrophilia, and bestiality) Henry and his half-brother, who he was supposedly sleeping with, enjoyed killing animals and having intercourse with them. (House of Horrors)

Two murders that police are almost certain that Lucas did commit were his girlfriend Becky Powell and an elderly lady he was taking care of, Kate Rich. Becky was only seven years old when her and Lucas a young adult, started dating. A while after she was killed, Henry confessed to cutting her into pieces and placing her body parts in several pillowcases. He had met Powell through his sidekick, Ottis Toole. Toole was a cannibalist who supposedly committed several disturbing murders. The two together were known as "The Tag Team from Hell: the Sadist King and the Generalissimo of Pain."