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Charles Starkweather

January 31, 2008 |  7:48 am


Los Angeles Times file photo

Charles Starkweather, shortly after his arrest, with blood on his ear and shirt from police gunfire.

Los Angeles Times file photo

Charles Starkweather in a Douglas, Wyo., jail cell

Los Angeles Times file photo

Charles Starkweather eats his first meal since being captured in the Wyoming Badlands.

Los Angeles Times file photo

Police Officer Ora Landess, left, and Sheriff Merle Karnopp escort Charles Starkweather to the Lincoln, Neb., courthouse.

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.

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