AUSTIN, Tex. — Self-proclaimed mass killer Henry Lee Lucas committed far fewer than the 300-plus slayings he boasted of, and his bogus confessions closed cases that should remain open, Texas' attorney general said today.
"There is no doubt that Henry Lee Lucas is a murderer, but it is highly unlikely that Lucas could have committed many of the murders to which he confessed," Atty. Gen. Jim Mattox.
"Unfortunately, when Lucas was confessing to hundreds of murders, those with custody of Lucas did nothing to bring an end to his hoax."
Mattox's comments came as he released a report of a yearlong investigation of Lucas cases.
Lucas confessed to more than 360 killings nationwide. However, about a year ago, the drifter recanted confessions in all but three.