In today’s episode, we will be going back a few years (63 to be exact) to discuss a spree of murders that occurred in Nebraska in 1958. Charles Starkweather and his accomplice or captive Caril Fugate killed ten people over a period of ten days, including Caril’s family. Starkweather was sentenced to die in the electric chair. Caril, who maintained all along that she had been Starkweather’s prisoner, was sentenced to life in prison.
Join us at the quiet end for Killers on the Road: The Murder Spree of Charles Starkweather and Caril Fugate. Over the years, debate has been ongoing as to Caril’s guilt or innocence. Today we’ll take a deep look at the crimes, the relationship between Caril and Starkweather, and what Caril has said publicly since her imprisonment.
Biography.com, Crime Figure Charles Starkweather
HuffPost Crime Archives
Pro Bono: The 18-Year Defense of Caril Ann Fugate, by Jeffrey McArthur
I want to add that if they found Starkweather insane, the prosecution could not use him as a witness against Fugate. As Starkweather did not deny murdering, I have no doubt that he would lie at any chance he got. He was basically bragging about murders, playing up what a big guy he was. He conned a 13-year-old girl. Starkweather thought himself a genius in all this and did not want an insanity defence, even if they could prove it, which was doubtful.