"I hated all my life. I hated everybody. When I first grew up and can remember, I was dressed as a girl by my mother. And I stayed that way for two or three years. And after that I was treated like what I call the dog of the family. I was beaten. I was made to do things that no human bein' would want to do."
-Henry Lee Lucas
As the youngest child Henry Lee Lucas was neglected and mistreated ever since he could remember anything. He grew up in a household of nine children, raised by a strange mother with undiagnosed psychological problems of her own, and an alcoholic father, who lost his legs in a railroad accident and was forced to make a living through the illegal production of alcohol. These conditions at home shaped him for the future. Henry became an alcoholic by the age of ten, and his vulnerable young mind was damaged even further by beating from his parents, one of which from his mother actually resulted in him being in a coma for three days. In a fight with his brother, Henry lost an eye after being stabbed in the eye, and leaving it unattended for four days while it got infected until it had to be removed and replaced with a glass eye. Other scarring experiences stuck with Henry throughout his life; he was dressed up as a girl and had his hair curled by his mother, his mother made him watch her have sex with her clients (she was a prostitute), Lucas also engaged in sex with his half- brother becoming obsessed with all types of sex, and his uncle introducing him to bestiality and animal torture. Lucas spent a great deal of teen years in Young Offenders institution where the authorities noted his sexual activities with other inmates. Experiences this traumatizing during his most critical developmental periods took a toll on his personality and state of mind, giving a plausible explanation for his sporadic and violent behavior he possess as an adult.