THE CONFESSION KILLER is a new Netflix documentary mini-series about a serial killer. Henry Lee Lucas confesses to over 600 murders but did he actually commit them?! This true-crime docu-series on Netflix is one hell of a crazy ride. Read our The Confession Killer review here!

The Confession Killer is a new mini-series on Netflix in the true-crime documentary genre. The subject is Henry Lee Lucas, who confessed to over 600 murders which would make him the biggest serial killer ever.

However, he appears to be the biggest hoax instead. The question is who is behind it? Henry Lee Lucas or the law enforcement who needs to close their open cases.

Continue reading our The Confession Killer review below.

Serial Killer Henry Lee Lucas

From the beginning of this Netflix mini-series, we get into the whole profiling element which is also the subject of the Netflix series Mindhunter. Mostly because it is so obvious that Henry Lee Lucas certainly does tick a lot of the “classic” serial killer profiling boxes. He had a terrible childhood and a violent mother which has led him to hate women. To put it bluntly.

Also read: Our review of the Netflix series Mindhunter season 2 here > 

This docuseries is definitely one of the more interesting true crime productions to me. It touches on so many different issues concerning both law enforcement, investigations and the need to find “a” killer and not necessarily “the” killer. Something the documentary series Dream/Killer also revolved around – out on Netflix in November 2019.

Henry Lee Lucas is a sad human being in many ways, but his good friend Ottis Toole is almost even scarier. The two of them together is one hell of a creepy thought.

The Confession Killer – Netflix Series Review

The twist at the end of episode 3 of The Confession Killer

I will not spoil anything here, but the ending of episode 3 really was a shock to me. Maybe it won’t be to you if you’re already familiar with the whole Henry Lee Lucas Story, To me, however, it just blew my mind and made it impossible for me to stop watching The Confession Killer.

Honestly, most episodes of The Confession Killer do tend to end with cliffhangers, but episode 3 is still something beyond what I was expecting.

If you’re into serial killer documentaries, then I think The Confession Killer might be one of the best ones. Of course, it ultimately isn’t actually a “serial killer documentary” in the sense that Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes. In that one, we are focused on Ted Bundy and the crimes he actually committed.

You might like: Our review of the Netflix series The Ted Bundy Tapes which is here >

In this new Netflix series, it’s about the murders but not so much about the actual killer from these cases. From early on, it’s clear that Henry Lee Lucas could not have been at these crime scenes all over the country.

Watch The Confession Killer on Netflix now!

The Netflix mini-series consists of 5 episodes so it’s a quick binge-watch. And let’s be real, you probably won’t be able to stop watching once you begin. Most episodes do tend to end on a pretty big moment or twist that should keep you interested.

The Confession Killer also seems so crazy to watch now because it seems obvious that Henry Lee Lucas couldn’t physically commit all these murders. I mean, the guy even claims to have killed someone in Japan and when they ask him how he went to Japan, he says “I drove”. That’s the kind of craziness we’re dealing with. And yet, the murders mentioned in the documentary are actually real.

This particular element is something to keep in mind. Especially when it comes to the loved ones of these murder victims Fortunately, this documentary does seem to always have this at the forefront of its storytelling.

Be sure to check out The Confession Killer on Netflix. Also, be ready to be both shocked and offended.   

The Confession Killer is out on Netflix worldwide from December 6, 2019.


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.

I write reviews and recaps on Heaven of Horror. And yes, it does happen that I find myself screaming, when watching a good horror movie. I love psychological horror, survival horror and kick-ass women. Also, I have a huge soft spot for a good horror-comedy. Oh yeah, and I absolutely HATE when animals are harmed in movies, so I will immediately think less of any movie, where animals are harmed for entertainment (even if the animals are just really good actors). Fortunately, horror doesn't use this nearly as much as comedy. And people assume horror lovers are the messed up ones. Go figure!
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