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Netflix's latest true crime doc The Confession Killer has gone above and beyond expectations, telling the true story of the 'most prolific killer' in US history, Henry Lee Lucas. Although when it comes to his crimes, all is not what it seems.
The docu-series dropped on Netflix on Friday (6 December), and already many who have binge-watched the whole thing are calling on the streaming sites to continue making shows of this calibre.
One Twitter user wrote: "The Confession Killer is an absolute head f***. @netflix please keep making these types of documentaries!"
Many shared similar sentiments about the show on social media:
At first I thought this was another serial murder doc. Then I watched it. I could not stop watching it. It and absolutely blew my mind. One of the best documentaries period. It should be mandatory for anyone in the criminal justice system to watch.
- loveyoga (@JamesdlaneAntiq) December 8, 2019
I've found that there are more good Netflix documentaries than there are Netflix films and series.
Watching the series about Henry Lee Lucas called The Confession Killer, its a really well produced piece on an incredibly difficult to research subject.
- egalith (@Psychic_Driving) December 8, 2019
The Confession Killer on Netflix is exhilarating.
- Samie. (@xSamieVx) December 9, 2019
The Confession Killer on Netflix, about a man who claimed to have killed 600 people but may only have killed three, will blow your mind. The US justice system is scarily inept.
- Ben Dirs (@bendirs1) December 7, 2019
Their reactions follow a notable dip in quality in the true crime genre, which saw many producers delve into already heavily covered topics such as Ted Bundy and the disappearance of Madeleine McCann.
The problem is that not only have these been done to death ('scuse the pun), but they also didn't offer the viewers any new angles or information, leading to a spate of critical viewers claiming producers were just trying to cash-in on the trend.
However, Netflix appears to be turning this around with intriguing new content and, following on from the recent release of the jaw-dropping Who Killed Little Gregory?, they're clearly onto another winner with The Confession Killer.
For those of you who haven't given it a watch yet, it centres on Henry Lee Lucas, who was convicted of almost a dozen murders.
Lucas went on to confess to more than 600 killings, explaining in great detail how and where he committed the heinous acts.
However, it would later be proven that many of these confessions were, in fact, false.
An investigation carried out by the Dallas Times Herald was able to show that some of the killings Lucas confessed to couldn't possibly have been carried out.
The five-part documentary gives viewers a close look at Lucas and his 'confessions'. It's an insightful and intriguing documentary series, one that is full of disturbing revelations, not only about the 'killings', but also about Henry Lee's troubling background and the American justice system at the time.
The Confession Killer is available on Netflix now.
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