The Man Who Faced Backlash For Investigating ‘The Confession Killer
by connor mannion
Netflix’s latest docu-series, “The Confession Killer,” spends a lot of time with Henry Lee Lucas, the man who falsely claimed to have killed more than 600 people, closing cold cases that should have remained open and implicating police in using shady methods to get answers. But an equally interesting thread running through the series is the animosity between the Texas Rangers and McLennan County District Attorney Vic Feazell –– who said the Rangers and other officers retaliated against him for questioning Lucas’ serial killing claims.
The district attorney became involved in the case after Lucas confessed to the murder of 28-year-old Joshlyn Annette Calvin –– which caught Feazell’s eye because he had already convicted someone else for the murder, according to local news outlet KWTX-TV. An investigation from Feazell’s office had also turned up evidence that Lucas was actually in Florida at the time of Calvin’s death and could not have possibly committed the killing.
After Lucas claimed to be behind Calvin’s murder, Feazell began to question everything about Lucas’ confessions. He eventually uncovered evidence that police were feeding information to Lucas before he confessed to killings across the country –– getting Lucas to look at crime scene photographs and hear details about the crime scenes before formal interviews, according to KWTX.