Netflix’s New True Crime Documentary ‘The Confession Killer’ Is About ‘One Of The Most Prolific Serial Killers In History’

Alfie PowellAlfie Powell in Entertainment, Netflix
Published 19.11.19

Netflix have released the trailer for their newest true crime documentary The Confession Killer, all about the life of Henry Lee Lucas.

With Disney+ and HBO Max here, you’d have thought that Netflix would try to keep up with the likes of The Mandalorian – one of the best shows I’ve seen in a long time – and potential Friends reunions by trying something new…

They’re not though. They’re sticking to good old fashioned true crime documentaries presumably until that bubble bursts.


With that, the trailer for The Confession Killer is here, which chronicles the tale of Henry Lee Lucas; potentially one of the most prolific serial killers in modern history.

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What is The Confession Killer about?

Lucas confessed to hundreds of crimes in the 80s, closing many open cases for the police and even being able to sketch the faces of some of his alleged victims.

The led to excellent treatment of Lucas in prison as he was given confession interview ‘privileges’, including being fed steaks, milkshakes and given tranquillisers.


The description reads:


During the early ’80s, Henry Lee Lucas confessed to hundreds of murders, bringing closure to unsolved cases and grieving families. Even with no direct evidence linking Lucas to the crime scenes, he stunned authorities with his ability to sketch victims’ portraits while citing brutal details of each attack. Yet journalists and attorneys found impossibilities in Lucas’ timeline, and DNA testing started to contradict his internationally-reported claims.

THE CONFESSION KILLER, a riveting five-part docuseries, explores how the man once called America’s most prolific serial killer was really a complex figure entangled with a flawed justice system.


It’s because of the excellent treatment that Lucas received that many believed he was fabricating these confessions, with journalists even finding it impossible for him to have committed some of the crimes that he confessed to.

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A voiceover from the documentary series trailer explains:

They didn’t treat him as a killer but as a friend.

Henry never lived so good, every day they brought him a strawberry milkshake. It was like he was a movie star.”

One milkshake a day? Very Brad Pitt.


The trailer concludes:

Either they’d found the world’s biggest serial killer, or it was the world’s biggest hoax in American criminal justice history.”

The Confession Killer will be on Netflix from the 6th December 2019.

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