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What Is Netflix's The Confession Killer About?

Netflix's New Docuseries Explores the Infamous Legacy of "Killing Machine" Henry Lee Lucas

Thanks to Netflix, true-crime fans will be getting a holiday gift earlier than expected next month: The Confession Killer. The five-part docuseries will explore the infamous legacy of Henry Lee Lucas, a serial killer who confessed to hundreds of murders in the early '80s. Although his confessions brought closure to plenty of unsolved cases and the grieving families related to the victims, the documentary will also touch on the number of glaring inconsistencies related to his claims found by journalists and attorneys.

According to Netflix's official description of The Confession Killer, there was no direct evidence to link Lucas to many of the crime scenes, but "he stunned authorities with his ability to sketch victims' portraits while citing brutal details of each attack." (Chilling.) But investigations from officials looking into the crimes and Lucas's confessions also yielded "impossibilities" in both his timeline and the DNA testing that started to contradict his internationally reported claims.

Watch the trailer for the upcoming series, directed by Oscar nominee Robert Kenner (Food, Inc.) and Taki Oldham, before it begins streaming on Netflix on Dec. 6.

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