73rd out of 345 books — 390 voters
Starkweather: Inside the Mind of a Teenage Killer
In January of 1958, seventeen-year-old Charlie Starkweather killed eleven people in a grisly spree of cold-blooded murder in his hometown and neighboring towns in Nebraska. The story shocked America and cast Starkweather and his fifteen-year-old girlfriend, Caril Fugate, in the crime scene spotlight, a vivid embodiment of the dark side of the heartland. First published in...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published November 1st 2004 by Clerisy Press, Emmis Books
(first published January 1st 1977)
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Mar 11, 2012 Salimah rated it 5 of 5 stars · review of another edition
Recommended to Salimah by: Scott
This true account of an eight-day murder spree in Lincoln, Nebraska by the lovers Charles Starweather and Caril Fugate had me gripping at the pages. Their heinous crimes occured in 1958 and Allen published the book in 1976, but his diction retells the story so vidily that it is as if he traveled along side the murderers or wrote the book the year it had occurred. In short, I enjoyed Allen's retelling because it put me in a different time without having to read fiction (that which is what I am mo...more
A nice short book about crimes that I remember growing up in Nebraska. I remember Starkweather's name and his girlfriend's and some of the places named in this book. I remember the scare when Starkweather was still on the loose. Of course 19 years old didn't seem as young to me as it did to my parents. That is how old Charles Starkweather was when he committed these murderss and, I think, when he went to the electric chair.
Jun 27, 2007 Ann rated it 4 of 5 stars · review of another edition
In 1958, 19 year old Charles Starkweather and 14 year old Caril Ann Fugate were involved in a murder spree. At the end of it, eleven people had died. An interesting true crime case, and one that has been the basis for several film and literary characters (Stephen King's The Stand alone features a few characters based off of Charles Starkweather.) (c) 1976 ISBN: 0395240778