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Starkweather : the untold story of the killing spree that changed America  Cover Image Book Book

Starkweather : the untold story of the killing spree that changed America / Harry N. MacLean.

MacLean, Harry N., (author.).


"On January 21st, 1958, Charles Starkweather and his fourteen-year-old girlfriend Caril Ann Fugate changed the course of crime in the United States when they murdered her parents and sister in a house on the edge of Lincoln, Nebraska. They then drove to the nearby small town of Bennet, where they robbed and killed a farmer. When Starkweather's car broke down, the man and woman who stopped to help were murdered and jammed in a food cellar. By the time the dust settled, ten innocent people were dead, and the city of Lincoln was in a state of terror. Schools closed. Men with rifles perched on the roofs of their houses. National guardsmen patrolled the street. Every few hours, there would come a knock on the door, and a voice would ask: "Everyone all right in there?" If there is a cultural version of PTSD, the town suffered from it. Starkweather and Fugate's killing spree and the resulting trials received world-wide coverage. It was the first mass killing of the modern age-a precursor of the awakening of the country from the slumber of the fifties to the rebellious, violent sixties. From Starkweather on, people in the Midwest locked their doors. Yet, in spite of this massive exposure, the story has dropped far from the national consciousness. With new material, new reporting, and new conclusions about the possible guilt or innocence of Fugate, the tale is an updated and definitive retelling"-- Provided by publisher.

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  • ISBN: 9781640095410
  • ISBN: 1640095411
  • Physical Description: xviii, 413 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First Counterpoint edition.
  • Publisher: Berkeley, California : Counterpoint, 2023.

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Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 411-413).
Subject: Starkweather, Charles Raymond, 1938-1959.
Fugate, Caril Ann.
Spree murderers > United States.
Mass murderers > United States.
Murder > United States.
Genre: True crime stories.

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Erlanger Branch 364.15234 S795m 2023 (Text) 33126025809868 New Adult Nonfiction Available -

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