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March 15, 1995 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Henry Lee Lucas, the one-eyed drifter who once claimed to have killed hundreds of people, got a reprieve less than 10 hours before he was to be executed for the 1979 murder of a hitchhiker. The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals granted the stay for the 58-year-old Lucas. The court said the prosecution had suppressed evidence. Lucas was convicted in 1985 and sentenced to die for strangling a woman, who was never identified. At one time, he confessed to nearly 600 slayings but recanted.
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March 14, 2001 | From Associated Press
Henry Lee Lucas, the convicted killer who 18 years ago made and then recanted confessions to hundreds of unsolved murder cases, has died in prison. Lucas, who said he made fake confessions to make police "look stupid," was found dead in his bed Monday night at the Ellis I prison unit, where he was serving sentences for nine murders, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice said. The 64-year-old Lucas had a history of heart problems.
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March 14, 2001 | From Associated Press
Henry Lee Lucas, the convicted killer who 18 years ago made and then recanted confessions to hundreds of unsolved murder cases, has died in prison. Lucas, who said he made fake confessions to make police "look stupid," was found dead in his bed Monday night at the Ellis I prison unit, where he was serving sentences for nine murders, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice said. The 64-year-old Lucas had a history of heart problems.
NEWS
June 27, 1998 | From Associated Press
Gov. George W. Bush on Friday spared the life of a death row inmate who once claimed to have killed 600 people, commuting Henry Lee Lucas' sentence to life in prison after doubts about his guilt in the so-called "orange socks" slaying were raised. Bush issued the reprieve on the recommendation of the state parole board, the first time the Republican governor has commuted a death sentence since he took office more than three years ago. Lucas, 62, was scheduled to die Tuesday by injection.
NEWS
June 27, 1998 | From Associated Press
Gov. George W. Bush on Friday spared the life of a death row inmate who once claimed to have killed 600 people, commuting Henry Lee Lucas' sentence to life in prison after doubts about his guilt in the so-called "orange socks" slaying were raised. Bush issued the reprieve on the recommendation of the state parole board, the first time the Republican governor has commuted a death sentence since he took office more than three years ago. Lucas, 62, was scheduled to die Tuesday by injection.
NEWS
September 12, 1993 | MICHAEL GRACZYK, ASSOCIATED PRESS
If the subject matter had not been so serious, so abhorrent, the scenes would have been almost funny, like a bad drive-in horror movie. A grizzled one-eyed drifter, his fingers and teeth stained brown by endless cigarettes, his arms spotted with thick green tattoos, delights police by describing scores of unsolved killings: Texas. Florida. Louisiana. Arkansas. Maryland. More than half the country.
NEWS
April 15, 1985
Henry Lee Lucas, who reportedly has recanted his confessions to 600 murders across the country, will testify Wednesday in Waco, Tex., before a grand jury that is investigating a task force set up to handle his case, prosecutors said. "Right now, the main focus (of the investigation) appears to be the actions of the task force," McLennan County (Tex.) Dist. Atty. Vic Feazell said. Lucas has told the Dallas Times Herald that most of his confessions were hoaxes.
NEWS
October 30, 1986
Tehama County Sheriff's Capt. Alan Groves said he never believed that convicted murderer Henry Lee Lucas killed 14-year-old Rashell Ward near Red Bluff three years ago. Lucas once claimed to have murdered as many as 600 people, including the girl, then recanted all but the slaying of his mother. Groves expressed his doubt about Lucas' involvement in the Ward murder while in El Paso, Tex.
NEWS
July 4, 1985
Convicted killer Henry Lee Lucas said he was not surprised that a grand jury cleared him of three murders, even though he confessed to the slayings. "They know I didn't do the crimes," Lucas said from Texas' Death Row in Huntsville, where he has been incarcerated for nearly two weeks.
NEWS
March 15, 1995 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Henry Lee Lucas, the one-eyed drifter who once claimed to have killed hundreds of people, got a reprieve less than 10 hours before he was to be executed for the 1979 murder of a hitchhiker. The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals granted the stay for the 58-year-old Lucas. The court said the prosecution had suppressed evidence. Lucas was convicted in 1985 and sentenced to die for strangling a woman, who was never identified. At one time, he confessed to nearly 600 slayings but recanted.
NEWS
September 12, 1993 | MICHAEL GRACZYK, ASSOCIATED PRESS
If the subject matter had not been so serious, so abhorrent, the scenes would have been almost funny, like a bad drive-in horror movie. A grizzled one-eyed drifter, his fingers and teeth stained brown by endless cigarettes, his arms spotted with thick green tattoos, delights police by describing scores of unsolved killings: Texas. Florida. Louisiana. Arkansas. Maryland. More than half the country.
NEWS
December 29, 1991 | J. MICHAEL KENNEDY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Out back, Vic Feazell's pool will soon be finished, as will the nearby waterfall. The Taraesque columns of his new, 8,000-square-foot mansion have been freshly painted and, soon enough, shipments of new furniture will fill the cavernous rooms. Times had not always been so grand for Feazell, not so grand at all. There had been moments in the last few years when his life had seemed so unforgiving, so bleak, that he had wondered how all of it could have happened to him.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 24, 1990 | From Associated Press
Henry Lee Lucas, who confessed to 600 murders and then recanted them all, is angry about a film he says connects him to crimes he did not commit. "Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer" opened this month in Dallas, Ft. Worth and Houston. Lucas said he has talked to his attorney about suing "on the grounds of lying, on the grounds of connecting me to crimes I didn't commit."
NEWS
October 30, 1986
Tehama County Sheriff's Capt. Alan Groves said he never believed that convicted murderer Henry Lee Lucas killed 14-year-old Rashell Ward near Red Bluff three years ago. Lucas once claimed to have murdered as many as 600 people, including the girl, then recanted all but the slaying of his mother. Groves expressed his doubt about Lucas' involvement in the Ward murder while in El Paso, Tex.
NEWS
July 4, 1985
Convicted killer Henry Lee Lucas said he was not surprised that a grand jury cleared him of three murders, even though he confessed to the slayings. "They know I didn't do the crimes," Lucas said from Texas' Death Row in Huntsville, where he has been incarcerated for nearly two weeks.
NEWS
April 18, 1985
A special grand jury in Waco, Tex., questioned Henry Lee Lucas--who confessed to 600 murders nationwide then reduced the total to three--to try to determine just how many persons he did kill. Inconsistencies in Lucas' stories indicate that "there are murderers . . . still on the loose," state Atty. Gen. Jim Mattox said. Lucas now contends that, during questioning, lawmen inadvertently provided information that enabled him to make plausible confessions to crimes he did not commit, Mattox said.
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