-Mother: Viola, abusive, bootlegger, and prostitute. -Father: Drunk, Paraplegic. -Forced to dress like a girl for the first 6 years. -Brother blinded him by stabbing his eye.
-Burglarized an appliance store: 2 years in reformatory. -Felony: 4 years in Virginia State Penitentiary. Escaped, but later caught.
-Stayed with his sister in Michigan. -Mother found him. -He killed his mother in a drunken, anger induced, accident. -Convicted of 2nd degree murder: sentenced to 20-40 years, served 10.
-Met Otis Toole who raised his orphaned niece and nephew. -Henry left with Becky Powell (Claiming they were married)
Life with Becky
-Relationship began when she was 12. -Made there way through TX. -Met Kate Rich (82), who took them in. -Stayed at House of Prayer after Rich's family made Lucas leave. -Becky wanted to go back to Florida, but Henry couldn't because he was wanted.
The Death of Becky Powell
-Started Hitchhiking on August 24, 1982. -Slept in a field. -They argued. -Becky slapped Lucas. -He stabbed her. -Had sex with her body, cut it into pieces, and scattered it around the field. -Returned weeks later to burry her body parts in a shallow grave near some trees.
-Told House of Prayer people that Becky had run off without him. -Went to Kate Rich and asked for her to help him find Becky.
The Death of Kate Rich
-Went down a back road and stabbed Kate. -Had sex with her dead body. -Stuffed her into a drainage ditch. -Found out he was a suspect in her disappearance. -Went back, got body, burned in an oven at the House of Prayer. -Scattered the ashes.
Arrested for Felony Possession of a Firearm in 1983; Stoneburg, TX.
-Confessed that he killed Kate and Becky. -Gave them plenty of evidence. -Confessed to killing hundreds. (Later confessed to at least 360)
Henry Lee Lucas Task Force
-Treated him very well -Given whatever he wanted -Widespread notoriety. -Texas Ranger, Max Call, fed him lots of information while writing a book about Lucas. -Rangers shared pictures, reports, and crime scenes with him.
Started confessing to murders with Lucas.
-Was convicted of the "orange sock" murder. -Granted 2 stays of execution. -Bush later commuted his sentence to life because of the lack of evidence. -Died of natural causes in 2001.
The World's Most Notorious Killer
The World's Most Notorious Liar.
"I set out to break and corrupt any law enforcement officer I could get. I think I did a pretty good job."