The Confession Killer: Season 1 (2019)


Season 1
The Confession Killer

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An unsettling journey into yet another case of justice gone awry, The Confession Killer is a tense and disturbing entry into the Netflix's growing catalogue of true crime documentaries.

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User Ratings: 27
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Episodes

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Air date: Dec 6, 2019
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Air date: Dec 6, 2019
3
Air date: Dec 6, 2019
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Air date: Dec 6, 2019
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Air date: Dec 6, 2019

Tv Season Info

Henry Lee Lucas rose to infamy when he confessed to hundreds of unsolved murders. This docuseries examines the truth -- and horrifying consequences.

Critic Reviews for The Confession Killer Season 1

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (5)

It's well-constructed and a quick watch.

Dec 3, 2019 | Full Review…

If The Confession Killer was simply intended to be a series about Lucas...it's a mediocre one at best. But if it's actually a sly jab at us and our obsession with reheating gruesome deaths, then perhaps it's Netflix's smartest true crime saga of them all.

Dec 17, 2019 | Full Review…

In Confession Killer, [Robert] Kenner methodically lays out the faults in the system, taking no prisoners.

Dec 9, 2019 | Full Review…

[It] isn't just about a charlatan and cops collaborating in a you-scratch-my-back, I'll-scratch-yours scheme-it's about the ugliness of individuals, and systems, prioritizing their own interests ahead of the public good.

Dec 2, 2019 | Full Review…

Well-built and devastating, The Confession Killer exposes a piece of the dirty underbelly of our criminal justice system, how there can be lawlessness in pursuit of justice, and the invented difficulty of that pursuit in face of convenience.

Dec 17, 2019 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

[I]t is well paced and unravels in an engrossing, almost cinematic, way.

Dec 17, 2019 | Full Review…

It's a frank portrayal of law enforcement at its most fascinating and frustrating, with players bucking up against the thin blue line, sometimes from within the criminal justice system.

Jan 18, 2020 | Full Review…

"The Confession Killer," co-directed by Robert Kenner and Taki Oldham, will leave you amazed, appalled and aggrieved.

Dec 9, 2019 | Full Review…

Without the accompanying archive videos, the whole series would be a rather dry collection of taking heads. That said, it is quite dry already. A handsomely made series, yes, but one that meanders in redundancy.

Dec 11, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

The compelling series lays out a disturbing case of justice gone wrong.

Dec 10, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

It is a compelling and incredulous story that wraps you around its dirty little finger. You won't be disheartened you watched, only that this story existed in the first place.

Dec 24, 2019 | Full Review…

For true crime devotees, watching the five-part series will do more than hit the spot. Throughout the first four episodes in particular, [It] has so many twists and turns that it is slightly hard to keep up with Henry Lee Lucas's unraveling fate.

Dec 13, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Confession Killer: Season 1

  • Dec 23, 2019
    A great retrospection of community expectations versus the haphazard nature of police investigation, or lack thereof, in the USA.
  • Dec 22, 2019
    Superb, my mind was blown as the story unfolded.
  • Dec 18, 2019
    Excellent, highly compelling, another great documentary by Netflix. I liked the fact that not only did they do a lot of interviews of people related to the case, but also show a lot of video footages taken during the time of the events also. The series showed just how much of a disgrace to the tradition of the Texas Rangers both Jim Boutwell and Bob Prince were with their incompetence. Most heartbreaking was a frail, old Joyce Lemons, a mother of one Lucas' supposed victims who was interviewed early in the series but later turned out to have died before the series was aired without knowing who the actual killer/s or her daughter was. A Must-See documentary for me, absolutely amazing.
  • Dec 14, 2019
    A searing analysis of shoddy police work relating to Henry Lee Lucas. After everything presented in this doc the fact that they still don't re-open cases to find the real killer is a perfect example of how police forces look out for themselves first and foremost. If there is even the slightest chance that a police officer's work on a case might look bad if they re-examine the case then they don't do it. It's really scary to think that they go that far out of their way to protect their "reputation". Henry Lee Lucas was an interesting man, but the whole circus surrounding him was just ridiculous. It's really sad that killers are allowed to roam free bc police officers care more about closing the case than catching the culprit.
  • Dec 08, 2019
    Henry Lee Lucas is a tragic story where everyone involved was surprised in the end. It's heartbreaking. You must watch it.

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