Up until this point, no one knows how many murders that Henry lee Lucas and Ottis Toole committed. They claimed to have killed, raped, and mutilated hundreds of victims, although many confessions have now been discredited.
Of those hundreds of murders, they claimed to be responsible for, at least nine have been confirmed; three on Lucas and six on Toole.
The string of confessions first emerged in 1983 from Lucas, who had just been arrested for possession of a handgun. It was a time when advanced crime scene investigation technique such as DNA testing was not yet available.
Law enforcement all over the country was looking for an effective way to solve and close murder cases, and they were happy to listen to everything Lucas had to say.
Investigators grew suspicious as Lucas often made exaggerated claims of some murders from already closed cases.
After a killing spree that spanned over 20 years, Lucas died in prison from heart failure at 64. Toole also died in jail from cirrhosis in 1996 at the age of 49.
10 Partners In Crime And Love
Not only were Lucas and Toole partners in crime, but also a romantic relationship. They met a soup kitchen in 1976 and hit it off right away.
Toole invited Lucas home and shared a bed with a man he had just met. From that point on, they traveled across the country on a rape and murder spree.
In 1978, they moved in with Toole’s mother. If the confession of Henry Lucas is indeed true without exaggeration – although highly unlikely – they killed more than 1,000 people together. An outstanding yet uncorroborated claim.
9 Troubled Childhood
Both of them were raised in some weird manners. Lucas was born to a woman named Viola, who made a living with prostitution and bootlegging.
Lucas said his mother would entertain clients in front of him, his brother, and his father (some say, stepfather). His mother used to dress him up as a girl.
Toole’s upbringing had some similarities in which his mother also dressed him as a little girl. Toole’s mother was a religious fanatic, while his grandmother had been an alleged Satanist.
Grandmother would sometimes take Toole to the graveyard to search for human body parts for magic charms.