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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 1976, this revised edition contains previously classified notes from Starkweather's prison journal and transcripts of the interviews between Starkweather and the prison psychologist, conducted as the teen awaited execution. Allen also provides further evidence that Fugate, often regarded as a kidnap victim, was indeed an accomplice in the murders.
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William Allen’s literary career spans close to four decades. A contemporary of Starkweather and Fugate, he is the leading expert on the Starkweather spree and the only person with first-hand knowledge of most of the characters central to the 1958 carnage. Allen currently is a Professor Emeritus at Ohio State University, where he introduced literary nonfiction to that school’s distinguished creative writing program. He is the author of six books, including the Pulitzer Prize-nominated Fire in the Birdbath and Other Disturbances, as well as numerous essays for Esquire, the New York Times, and the Atlantic Monthly.Review:
A non-exploitative, non-judgmental documentary of a sociopath as queer as a three dollar bill . . . like nothing I have ever seen. -- Kirkus Reviews
Allen’s book undoubtedly is the most thoroughly researched and best-written account of Starkweather and his short-lived reign of terror. -- Lincoln Sunday Journal and Star
William Allen has produced a meticulously researched documentary... Aesthetes of mayhem will appreciate Allen’s nose for nuance. -- The New York Times
... illuminates Charlie Starkweather from the inside and the outside. -- The Washington Post
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