Charles Starkweather was executed in Nebraska's electric chair June 25, 1959. In a grim twist of fate, prison physician Dr. B.A. Finkle, who was supposed to confirm Starkweather's death, suffered a fatal heart attack minutes before the execution.
Starkweather's 14-year-old girlfriend, Caril Ann Fugate, who accompanied him on his rampage, was paroled in 1976 and moved to Michigan. She said she wanted to be "an ordinary little dumpy housewife."
Their deadly exploits inspired the film "Badlands" with Martin Sheen and Cissy Spacek, which opened in Los Angeles on March 29, 1974.