Netflix releasing five-part documentary on 'America's most prolific serial killer' next month

Netflix releasing five-part documentary on 'America's most prolific serial killer' next month

Netflix is swooping in yet again to give us our true crime fix this Christmas. In early December, in fact, the streaming giant is treating its viewers to one of its most sinister series yet.

The upcoming five-part documentary The Confession Killer promises to take an in-depth look at one of America's most prolific serial killers.

On Monday, Netflix dropped the trailer for the new doc series, which centres around the notorious murderer Henry Lee Lucas.

Take a sneak peek of Netflix's upcoming five-part documentary, The Confession Killer:

Directed by Oscar nominee Robert Kenner and Taki Oldham, the series explores exactly what happened in the investigation and the way in which Lucas developed a celebrity status as his case turned into the most high-profile one of its kind.

The official synopsis states:

"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 five-part docuseries will explore how the man once called America’s most prolific serial killer was really a complex figure entangled with a flawed justice system."

In 1960, Lucas was convicted of the murder of his mother, and subsequently two more victims in 1983. It was around then, though, that he started claiming he had murdered hundreds of other people. However, his confessions were questioned by authorities as they were often over-elaborate, and to this day, it is not known whether they can be believed or not.

Based on his own word, his kill count surpasses some of the world's most prolific serial killers. Lucas, who died in 2001, was only ever convicted of killing 11 more people.

The documentary will be released on Netflix on 6 December.