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Serial Killing Myths Versus Reality: A Content Analysis Of Serial Killer Flicks Made Between 1980 and 2001

Description: Public perceptions about serial homicide are more mythical than fact. Myths about serial homicide are perpetuated through several sources, especially the entertainment media which is a dominant and influential mythmaker. The number of films depicting serial killers and serial killing themes has increased dramatically in recent years. However, the reality of these films is debatable. This research examines the reality, or lack thereof, of the most recent films involving a serial killing theme. Hickey provides a wealth of statistical information on a number of serial killers and serial killings. A content analysis of the fifty top grossing serial killer movies made between 1980 and 2001 was conducted using variables from Hickey research. Research shows similarities and differences between variables, however, results concludes the entertainment media does not accurately portray serial homicide.
Date: August 2002
Creator: McCready, Sarah Scott
Partner: UNT Libraries

[News Clip: Williamson Co. D.A.]

Description: Video footage from the WBAP-TV station in Fort Worth, Texas, to accompany a news story about an unidentified man giving a press conference concerning the confessions of Henry Lee Lucas. This man states that Henry Lee Lucas prompted McClennan County District Attorney Vic Feazell to question the integrity of the investigation and that Feazell and Attorney General Jim Mattox should cease questioning valid cases against Lucas. This story aired at 6:00 P.M.
Date: April 30, 1985
Creator: KXAS-TV (Television station : Fort Worth, Tex.)
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[News Clip: Lucas]

Description: Video footage from the WBAP-TV station in Fort Worth, Texas, to accompany a news story by reporter Robert Elliot about inconsistencies in confessions made by Henry Lee Lucas in relation to 210 unsolved murders. This story includes footage of Lucas in a Waco, Texas courthouse, a May 1984 interview wherein he discusses the murders, and an audio recorded interview with the Dallas Times Herald where he admits to only 3 murders and says the rest of his confessions were a hoax. The news story specifically discusses his confessing to the October 31, 1979 murder of a hitchhiker in Texas and a February 12, 1982 murder in Covington, Louisiana and presents evidence that he could not have been present for the murders including an interview with Jack Smart who worked with Lucas in California. This story aired at 6:00 P.M.
Date: April 17, 1985
Creator: KXAS-TV (Television station : Fort Worth, Tex.)
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[News Clip: Lucas]

Description: Video footage from the WBAP-TV station in Fort Worth, Texas, to accompany a news story by reporter Mike Schneider about Henry Lee Lucas recanting murder confessions and the grand jury hearing with Attorney General Jim Mattox in McLennan County. The story includes an interview with Mattox. This story aired at 10:00 P.M.
Date: April 16, 1985
Creator: KXAS-TV (Television station : Fort Worth, Tex.)
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[News Clip: Lucas]

Description: Video footage from the WBAP-TV station in Fort Worth, Texas, to accompany a news story by KPRC Houston about Henry Lee Lucas leading Houston police to the murder sites of his alleged victims. This story focuses on Lucas leading authorities to the murder site and grave of Houston woman Gloria Ann Stephan. The footage includes Lucas and police officers walking into the forest and an interview with Sheriff Joe Corley. This story aired at 10:00 P.M.
Date: August 25, 1983
Creator: KXAS-TV (Television station : Fort Worth, Tex.)
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[News Clip: Lucas]

Description: Video footage from the WBAP-TV station in Fort Worth, Texas, to accompany a news story about Henry Lee Lucas. In this footage, Lucas makes a statement about being harassed and arrested for illegal charges. Lucas is seen exiting a car and entering a grand jury room escorted by police. This story aired at 6:00 P.M.
Date: April 23, 1985
Creator: KXAS-TV (Television station : Fort Worth, Tex.)
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[News Clip: Lucas]

Description: Video footage from the WBAP-TV station in Fort Worth, Texas, to accompany a news story about Henry Lee Lucas. The footage includes a brief interview with an unidentified man exiting the courthouse concerning his discussions with Lucas. This story aired at 6:00 P.M.
Date: June 29, 1983
Creator: KXAS-TV (Television station : Fort Worth, Tex.)
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[News Clip: Henry Lee Lucas]

Description: Video footage from the WBAP-TV station in Fort Worth, Texas, to accompany a news story by Mike Schneider about Henry Lee Lucas recanting murder confessions including a confession that cleared Fred Scott in a Little Rock, Arkansas murder of store clerk and the murder of Kate Rich. The story includes footage of Lucas confessing to the 1981 Little Rock murder and then recanting the murders, stating that he confessed because of the poor treatment by the Montague county sheriff's department and other law enforcement. This story aired at 10:00 P.M.
Date: April 23, 1985
Creator: KXAS-TV (Television station : Fort Worth, Tex.)
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[News Clip: Henry Lucas]

Description: Video footage from the WBAP-TV station in Fort Worth, Texas, to accompany a news story about Henry Lee Lucas. This b-roll footage shows Lucas leaving a courthouse as he is questioned by the press, an alleged crime scene, and the exterior of a courthouse. The story aired at 5:00 P.M.
Date: June 22, 1983
Creator: KXAS-TV (Television station : Fort Worth, Tex.)
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[News Clip: Mattox/Lucas]

Description: Video footage from the WBAP-TV station in Fort Worth, Texas, to accompany a news story by reporter Mike Schneider about Henry Lee Lucas recanting murder confessions and the grand jury hearing with Attorney General Jim Mattox in McLennan County. The story includes an interview with Mattox. This story aired at 6:00 P.M.
Date: April 16, 1985
Creator: KXAS-TV (Television station : Fort Worth, Tex.)
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[News Clip: Lucas]

Description: Video footage from the WBAP-TV station in Fort Worth, Texas, to accompany a news story about Henry Lee Lucas. In this b-roll footage Lucas is seen being escorted into a car by unidentified men. This story aired at 6:00 P.M.
Date: April 24, 1985
Creator: KXAS-TV (Television station : Fort Worth, Tex.)
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[News Clip: Lucas Bond Hearing]

Description: Video footage from the WBAP-TV station in Fort Worth, Texas, to accompany a news story about the bond hearing for Henry Lee Lucas. The b-roll footage shows Lucas, unidentified people, and the press entering and exiting a courthouse building.
Date: June 28, 1983
Creator: KXAS-TV (Television station : Fort Worth, Tex.)
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[News Clip: Lucas/Grand Jury]

Description: Video footage from the KXAS-TV/NBC station in Fort Worth, Texas, covering a news story by reporter Mike Snyder about Henry Lee Lucas's bogus confession claims. This story aired at 10:00 P.M.
Date: April 17, 1985
Creator: KXAS-TV (Television station : Fort Worth, Tex.)
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[News Clip: Lucas FOLO]

Description: Video footage from the WBAP-TV station in Fort Worth, Texas, to accompany a news story by Mike Schneider about Henry Lee Lucas being called from Waco to San Antonio, Texas to appear before a federal grand jury and Attorney General Jim Maddox's arguments before Circuit Justice Byron White of the Supreme Court to have the San Antonio judge's decision reversed. The story includes footage of Lucas being escorted by a deputy federal marshall and McClennan County Sheriff Jack Harwell and an interview with Lucas about his safety. This story aired at 6:00 P.M.
Date: April 24, 1985
Creator: KXAS-TV (Television station : Fort Worth, Tex.)
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[News Clip: Lucas/Grand Jury]

Description: Video footage from the KXAS-TV/NBC station in Fort Worth, Texas, covering a news story by reporter Mike Snyder about Henry Lee Lucas and his grand jury statements proclaiming his previous confessions for murdering hundreds of people were false. This story aired at 6:00 P.M.
Date: April 17, 1985
Creator: KXAS-TV (Television station : Fort Worth, Tex.)
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[News Clip: Lucas Folo * (Mass Murder)]

Description: Video footage from the WBAP-TV station in Fort Worth, Texas, to accompany a news story by reporter Marty Griffin about the confession and guilty plea of Henry Lee Lucas before District Judge Frank Dalfet [sp.] in connection with the murder of Ringgold, Texas resident Kate Rich and the appointment of Don Maxfield as Lucas' legal counsel. The story includes footage of a courthouse exterior and interior, Lucas entering and exiting a building, and a crime scene.Footage appears to be from the television station KFDX in Witchita Falls.
Date: June 22, 1983
Creator: KXAS-TV (Television station : Fort Worth, Tex.)
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[News Clip: More Lucas]

Description: Video footage from the KXAS-TV/NBC station in Fort Worth, Texas, covering a news story about the Henry Lee Lucas grand jury discussing his claims about murders and bogus confessions. Includes interviews with James Mattox. This story aired at 6:00 P.M.
Date: April 18, 1985
Creator: KXAS-TV (Television station : Fort Worth, Tex.)
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections