1958 — Charles Starkweather’s murder spree begins

On January 21, 1958, 19 year old Charles Starkweather went to the house of his girlfriend, 14 year old Caril Ann Fugate. She wasn’t home, but her parents and sister were. Starkweather killed the three, and when Caril arrived home, she helped him to hide their bodies. Six days later, they took to the road to evade the police.

By the time the couple were arrested on January 29, they had killed another seven people – although exactly which of the pair killed some of them was disputed (they each accused the other). Starkweather was tried and convicted for the murders. He was executed on June 25, 1950, while Fugate served 17 years in prison for her part (as a minor, she was considered to have diminished responsibility).

Referenced in:
Hate So Real — J Church
All I Want — Kenny Brown
Stark Weather — Icky Blossoms
Badlands — Bruce Springsteen
Nebraska — Bruce Springsteen
We Didn’t Start the Fire — Billy Joel
The Story Of Charles Starkweather — Tumblin’ Go Go’s
Badlands (Charles Starkweather & Caril Fugate) — Church of Misery

1959 – Charles Starkweather is executed for murder

One of the earliest modern spree killers, Charles Starkweather was responsible for the deaths of eleven people in Nebraska and Wyoming between December 1, 1957 and January 29, 1958, when he and his 14-year-old girlfriend, Caril Ann Fugate, were captured.

Starkweather tried to shield Fugate from the legal consequences of her participation in some of the killings, but his story changed too many times to be taken seriously. She was sentenced to life in prison, and he got the chair. At one minute past midnight on June 25, 1959, Charles Starkweather, who still showed little remorse, was executed by electrocution in the Nebraska State Penitentiary.

Referenced in:

Nebraska — Bruce Springsteen