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Waste Land: The Savage Odyssey of Charles Starkweather and Caril Ann Fugate

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Utilizing firsthand interviews, court transcripts, death-row confessions, and never-before-revealed case details, "Waste Land" shines new light on the dark saga of Starkweather and Fugate - from their first kisses and kills to their capture and convictions. Complete with an update on Fugate's life today, "Waste Land" compellingly probes not only the mind-set of history's d ...more
Paperback, 416 pages
Published February 1st 1998 by Pocket Books
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Living in Nebraska from the late 70s through the early 90s, I heard about Charles Starkweather periodically, but never learned anything about him or the murders. I had no idea, for example, how young he and Caril Ann Fugate were at the time (Caril Ann was 14!).

This book draws on a lot of the previous literature about Starkweather and Fugate. Newton seems to do a good job of sifting through the various sources. Of course, it's difficult to know where bias comes in when writing a book where the gu
Jill Crosby
Solid introduction to one of America's "flagship" thrill-killing sprees. Enough background on the principles given to make the tragic events understandable, but not too detailed to big down the narrative. Well-balanced and clear.
This is the true story that the movies "Badlands" and "Natural Born Killers" were based on. I read this for and english class that had a theme of true crime. We also read "In Cold Blood" by Truman Capote.
If you liked the movie Badlands with Martin Sheen and Sissy Spacek as I did then you'll like this book which tells the true story of the two murderous characters who are the main people of the tale.
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