Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

Charles Starkweather & Caril Fugate


There are at least two fairly recent books available on Starkweather and Fugate.  Others are out-of-print.  Of the more recent books, The Crime Library particularly recommends Born Bad: Charles Starkweather - Natural Born Killer by Jack Sargeant.  Of the earlier vintage, William Allen's Starkweather: The Story of a Mass Murderer is a good summary of the case.

Allen, William, Starkweather: The Story of a Mass Murderer.   Houghton Mifflin Company, 1976.

Beaver, Ninette, and B.K. Ripley and Patrick Trese, Caril.   J. B. Lippincott Company, 1974.

O'Donnell, Jeff, Starkweather; A Story of Mass Murder on the Great Plains.  This is a work of fiction based on the case.

Sargeant, Jack, Born Bad: Charles Starkweather - Natural Born Killer.  This book consists of two separate essays.  The first essay, From Nebraska to the Heart of Darkness, is a summary of the case.  The second essay, Gun Crazy, analyzes the cultural impact of the Starkweather and Fugate case, particularly its impact on cult movies such as Badlands, Natural Born Killers, Kalifornia and Wild at Heart.

Contemporary accounts of the crimes, trials and punishment of Starkweather and Fugate can be found in the Lincoln Journal.


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