Before dawn on July 22, 1951, a fire erupted at the College Court Apartment house in San Francisco, California, leaving 26 injured and eight dead. The fire was quickly determined to be of “incendiary origin,” based on “the point of origin; the rapidity with which the fire burned; the damage done to the surrounding partitions; the separation of the
two points of origin on opposite sides of heavy partitions; and
several holes burned in the first floor which indicates some volatile
substance was sprayed on the floor.” Over the course of a four-day investigation, 18 people were questioned, including 17-year-old Kenneth Skinner, who delivered newspapers to the apartment building around 3:30 a.m. that morning. It was during a follow-up interview he confessed to accidentally starting the fire. After delivering newspapers to each individual apartment, he returned to the lobby and noticed a doorway concealed by curtains next to the stairway. He peeked inside to see if there was anything valuable to steal, and while he was standing between the drapes, he lit a cigarette, causing a “poof” that set them alight. The boy became frightened and fled the building, then finished his paper route.
Skinner was pressed further in an interview on July 30, and he admitted the fire was set deliberately. While rummaging through the storeroom, he knocked over two quart jars that he could tell was paint thinner. It was then he “got a crazy idea” that “filled” him “with vandalism.” He recounted the story as follows: “I looked at that stuff on the floor and I wondered what type of fire it would make. So I leaned down and cupped my hands and threw some on the drapes. Then I lit the drapes with my lighter and left when the fire started going.”
Skinner was convicted on eight counts of manslaughter and sentenced to ten years in prison.
“The more I looked at people the more I hated them.”
— Charles Starkweather
Charles Starkweather, born in Lincoln, Nebraska, on November 24, 1938, was a rebellious teenager who became a high school dropout at the age of 16. But things began to take a turn for the worst… In 1957, he killed a gas station attendant. The following year, Starkweather embarked on a murderous rampage with his girlfriend Caril Ann Fugate, that would leave 10 people dead, including Fugate’s family. When Starkweather killed his last victim, shoe salesman Merle Collison, a police chase ensued, ending in his surrender. Starkweather pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity, but was found guilty and sentenced to death. On June 25, 1959, he was finally executed. Fugate claimed that she was a hostage, but was later found guilty. She was only 14 years old when she participated in the murders, so she was given a life sentence and was paroled in June 1976.
Dean Corll was responsible for what came to be known as the Houston Mass Murders. At least 27 boys lost their lives at Corll’s hands. Corll was shot to death on August 8, 1973 by Elmer Wayne Henley, a teen at the time whom Corll had forced to assist him with the murders.
Corll’s grave is located at:
Grand View Memorial Park 8501 Spencer Hwy Pasadena, Texas 77505
Albert DeSalvo was the alleged Boston Strangler, said to have been responsible for the murders of 13 women between 1962-1964. While in prison DeSalvo was found stabbed to death in his cell. No one was ever charged for the crime.
DeSalvo’s Grave is located at:
Puritan Lawn Memorial Park 185 Lake Street Peabody, Massachusetts 01960
Henry Lee Lucas was convicted of the murders of 11 people, although he confessed to hundreds. Lucas died in prison from hart failure on March 12, 2011 at the age of 64. Lucas’s grave is apparently currently unmarked due to vandalism and theft. It is located at:
Joe Byrd Cemetery
Ottis Toole was Henry Lee Lucas’s bff and partner in crime. He was convicted of 6 counts of murder. Toole died in prison on September 15, 1996, at the age of 49 from cirrhosis. As his body went unclaimed, he was buried in the Florida State Prison Cemetery in Raiford, Fl.
Ed Gein confessed to killing two women and was initially found unfit for trial, but eventually he was found guilty of one of the murders, but legally insane. He died in a mental health institution from respiratory/heart failure due to cancer on July 26,1984. Gein’s gravestone was stolen by some asshole in 2000. The gravestone was replaced with a makeshift grave marker, which was also stolen. Sadly, there is now only an empty plot, but easily located as it is between his brother Henry and his mother Augusta’s gravestones. (Right now there is yet another handmade grave marker, but who knows how long that will be up).
5th St. Plainfield, WI I-35 exit 136. East on Hwy 73, then an immediate left (north) on 5th Ave.
Charles Starkweather was convicted of killing 11 people during a 10 week murder spree. Starkweather was executed via the electric chair in the Nebraska State Prison on June 25, 1959. He is buried at:
Wyuka Cemetery 3600 O Street Lincoln, Nebraska 68510
(Interesting to note, 5 of Starkweather’s victims are also buried in the same cemetery)
"He's going to kill me. He's crazy. He just killed a man!"
Photo: Caril Ann Fugate and Charles Starkweather
Deputy Sheriff William Romer pulled up just in time to foil a car theft and apprehend a fugitive. Six-foot-tall Joe Sprinkle was engaged in a wrestling match with 5'5" Charles Starkweather. A young girl, later identified as 14-year-old Caril Ann Fugate, ran toward Romer, screaming that Starkweather was going to kill her and that he had just killed a man.
This was the beginning of the end for the two star-crossed lovers, 14-year-old Fugate and 19-year-old Charles Starkweather. The two had left behind a trail of dead bodies from December 1, 1957–January 29, 1958. Fugate would claim she was kidnapped and was Starkweather’s hostage during the killing spree and Starkweather would say that she was a willing participant in the crimes. Eleven people were dead as a result of the killing spree, which began in Nebraska and ended in Wyoming.
It was the beginning of the end for the teenagers when Joe Sprinkle pulled up to offer Starkweather assistance. Starkweather had just killed 37-year old Merle Collison and was in the process of stealing his Buick in exchange for a Packard he stole from a previous victim.
Starkweather couldn’t figure out how to release the emergency brake on Collison’s Buick. Sprinkle had arrived on the scene alongside the highway. Starkweather asked him for assistance. It was too late when Sprinkle noticed Collison’s body stuffed in the back seat of the car. Starkweather pulled a shotgun on Sprinkle and Sprinkle tried to wrestle the gun away from him.
Cornered, Starkweather got into to the stolen Packard and fled. Fugate identified Starkweather and Romer called for help.
A road block was set up. Starkweather crashed through it and a high-speed chase ensued, ending in his capture.
Starkweather and Fugate met in 1956. She was 13-years-old and he was 18-years-old. Of course, her family did not approve of Starkweather, a high school dropout and James Dean wannabe who was too old for Fugate.
Starkweather was kicked out of his house by his father. Fugate crashed Starkweather’s father’s car when her boyfriend was giving her a driving lesson.
Starkweather got a job as a garbage man, but his true ambition was to be a bank robber. As he collected garbage on his route, he began to make plans for robberies.
Starkweather committed his first murder in November of 1957. He shot service station attendant Rorbert Colvert. Starkweather wanted to purchase a stuffed dog for Fugate but didn’t have enough money. Colvert refused to give him the plush dog on credit. Starkweather returned to the station with a shotgun, robbed the station and kidnapped Colvert. He drove Colvert to a deserted area, where he shot Colvert in the head.
The killing of Robert Colvert awakened something in Starkweather. He later said that he believed that the act of murder caused him to transcend himself and that be he began to think he was above the law.
On January 21, 1958, Starkweather went to Fugate’s home and, not finding his sweetheart there, shot and killed her mother and stepfather, Velda and Marion Bartlett. Starkweather then killed Fugate’s half-sister Betty Jean, age 2, by strangling and stabbing her.
Fugate arrived home at some point and remained in the house with Starkweather. A message was hung on the door that read: “Stay a way. Everybody is sick with the flu.” Fugate’s grandmother became suspicious and threatened to call police. Starkweather and Fugate fled.
The couple drove 15 miles away from their hometown of Lincoln, Nebraska to a town called Bennett. Starkweather went there to see a family friend, 70-year-old August Meyer. Starkweather shot and killed Meyer, then beat the old man’s dog to death. That same night, two teenagers, 17-year-old Robert Jensen and 16-year-old Carol King, crossed paths with the couple. The teens offered Starkweather and Fugate a ride. King was raped and both her and her boyfriend were shot to death and left in a storm cellar. Enraged with jealousy, Fugate reportedly mutilated King’s genitalia. Starkweather confessed to killing Jensen but said Fugate killed King.
The couple took Jensen’s car and headed to an upscale area of Lincoln, Nebraska, where they invaded the home of C. Lauer and Clara Ward. Clara Ward and the couple’s maid, Lillian Fencl were stabbed to death. C. Lauer was shot to death when he arrived home. Starkweather and Fugate stole the Wards’ 1956 black Packard, along with some valuables from their home.
After killing the Wards and their maid, an extensive search for the killers began. Police were on the lookout for a black Packard so Starkweather was eager to get rid of the car.
Starkweather came upon Merle Collison pulled over on the highway and fast asleep in his Buick outside Douglas, Wyoming. Starkweather woke Collison up by tapping on the window, then fired a warning shot through one of the windows and ordered Collison to get out of the car. Collison didn’t get out so Starkweather shot him to death.
At this point, Joe Sprinkle saw the cars pulled over and stopped to offer help.
Starkweather was only tried for the murder of Robert Jensen. He was sentenced to die by electrocution, a sentence that was carried out at the Nebraska State Penitentiary in Lincoln on June 25, 1959.
Fugate was sentenced to life in prison on November 21, 1958. She would only serve 17 ½ years and was paroled in 1976.
Fugate was described as a “model prisoner.” After her release, she lived in Lansing, Michigan, where she worked as a janitorial assistant and medical technician. She is now retired. Fugate got married in 2007 to Fredrick Clair, who worked as a machinist and for the National Weather Service as a weather observer. The couple lived in Stryker, Ohio but eventually moved back to Michigan. On August 5, 2013, Fugate and her husband were involved in a car accident. Her husband didn’t survive. Fugate also had a series of strokes in her late 60’s, according to her stepson.
The Killing Spree that Transfixed a Nation: Charles Starkweather and Caril Fugate, 1958″ by Lesley Wischmann, Wyohistory.org, a project of the Wyoming State Historical Society
Why Don’t We Do It In the Road “No one will be watching us, why don’t we do it in the road.” Muse A and Muse B decide to take a cross-country road trip, stopping randomly in the desert to camp for the night. They set up their tents, they stargaze. After talking about it, Muse B brings up the idea of them being intimate in the desert, reminding Muse A, nobody’s around. Don’t worry. But skulking down the road is a knife wielding sociopath, out for blood.
Hello Little Girl “You never seem to see me standing there. I often wonder what you’re thinking of. Is it me and love?” Muse A is a beautiful, brilliant student who has, unfortunately for them, caught the attention of Muse B, a transfer student who only recently just started at the university. Not much is known about Muse B other than the fact they’re new and relatively quiet. Muse A takes it upon them-self to show Muse B around, a gesture misconstrued as romantic affection. Muse B begins to obsess, and eventually kidnaps Muse A.
I Saw Her Standing There “When I saw her standing there, well she looked at me, and I, I could see that before too long I’d fall in love with her.” Muse A attends a house party, where Muse B stands but goes unnoticed by Muse A. After everything is said and done, Muse A returns home to find a note on their car, explaining how beautiful they were and how Muse B (though unidentified by the note) cannot wait to hold their hand. Muse A mostly shrugs it off and goes about their life. Muse B watches from a distance, and when the time is right, Muse B begins to slaughter Muse A’s friends. If Muse A has no friends, they’ve nobody to pay attention to except Muse B.
Girl “She’s the kind of girl you want so much, it makes you sorry. Still, you won’t regret a single day.” Muse A becomes smitten with Muse B. Muse B has a domineering personality, and is easily able to convince Muse A to go on a killing spree with them. Although Muse A knows it’s bad, it all feels worth it to be with Muse B, someone who seemed formerly unattainable to them. Muse A’s family gets concerned by their erratic behavior and they begin to suspect Muse A and Muse B are a very toxic relationship. So, Muse A and Muse B, armed to the teeth, run, on a Fugit/Starkweather type murder spree.
Being For the Benefit of Mr. Kite “For the benefit of Mr. Kite, there will be a show tonight. On trampolines.” Muse A and Muse B experiment with lysergic acid deithylamide (LSD/acid). They decide to explore the woods with their new-found warped perception of the world. They stumble upon what appears to be a circus tent and decide to go inside. Once inside, they see severed limbs being bounced on trampolines by victims of torture. They try to fun out, when a deranged ringleader by the name of Mr. Kite traps them, forcing them to partake in the macabre circus.
Caril Ann Fugate (born July 30, 1943) was the adolescent girlfriend and accomplice of spree killer Charles Starkweather. She is the youngest female in United States history to have been tried for first-degree murder.
The Starkweather–Fugate case inspired the films The Sadist (1963), Badlands (1973), Kalifornia (1993), Natural Born Killers (1994) and Starkweather (2004).
Couples who killed (Charlene and Gerald Gallego | Fred and Rose
West | Ray and Faye Copeland | Karla Homolka, Paul Bernardo | Myra
Hindley, Ian Brady | Raymond Fernandez, Martha Beck | Gwendolyn Graham,
Cathy Wood | David and Catherine Birnie | Charles Starkweather, Caril
Spree killer Charles Starkweather’s last interview before he was electrocuted for the murder of eleven people over a two-month span between December 1957 and January 1958. During the murders committed in 1958, Starkweather was accompanied by his 14-year-old girlfriend, Caril Ann Fugate. Charles was executed 17 months after the killings and his girlfriend, Caril served seventeen years in prison before her release in 1976. The Starkweather-Fugate spree has inspired several films, including The Sadist (1963), Badlands (1973), Kalifornia (1993), and Natural Born Killers (1994).
FULL NAME: Charles Raymond Starkweather
A.K.A: Charlie Starkweather
NICKNAME: Red Dog
BIRTH DATE: November 24th, 1938
DEATH DATE: June 25th, 1959
CAUSE OF DEATH: Executed; electrocution
SPAN OF KILLINGS: December 1st, 1957 - January 29th, 1958
COUNTRY: United States
STATE: Nebraska, Wyoming
DATE APPREHENDED: January 29th, 1958
1. Charles was a very easy target for bullies, He was born with genu varum, a mild birth defect that causes his legs to be misshapen. And he had also suffered from a speech impediment.
2. Charles and Caril’s case was bought to the big screens with movies such as:
-Natural Born Killers
3. Bruce Springsteen’s song “Nebraska” is based on Charles actions/events. Del Shannon song “keep searchin ’(We’ll follow the sun)” was a fictional love letter from Charles and is based on one of the testimonies from his trial. Charles was also very briefly featured on the song “we didn’t start the fire” by Billy Joel. Charles was referenced in the first part of the line “Starkweather homicide, children of Thalidomide.”
“Dead people are all on the same level”
“They say this is a wonderful world to live in, but I don’t believe I ever did really live in a wonderful world…The more I looked at people, the more I hated them, because I knowed (sic) there wasn’t any place for me with the kind of people I knowed. I use to wonder why they was here, anyhow. A bunch of goddamned sons-of-bitches looking for somebody to make fun of.”
Charles Starkweather was an American spree killer in the 1950’s. Starkweather, along with his girlfriend Caril Ann Fugate, would eventually kill eleven people in a two month period before being apprehended by law enforcement.
Starkweather was born on November 24th, 1938 in Lincoln, Nebraska, to a mild-mannered family. The third of seven children, the Starkweathers were often stretched for money, but Guy and Helen Starkweather made sure their children never went without the necessities. School was miserable for young Charles, a birth defect left his legs misshapen, making him an easy target for bullying. In addition, a speech impediment made him especially susceptible to teasing. Many thought Charles was mentally challenged, but it was discovered in his late teens he had severe myopia, which impaired his vision. The one class Starkweather excelled in was gym, where he could release all his pent up rage caused by bullying. Eventually his rage stretched from those who bullied him to anyone who crossed him the wrong way. Charles soon became a troubled young man, unlike the rest of the Starkweathers. An inferiority complex tormented him, and he believed there was nothing he could do right.
In 1956, Charles, now eighteen, met thirteen year old Caril Ann Fugate. Charles had already dropped out of high school, and was employed at a newspaper warehouse near Caril’s school. After an incident where Caril, who was with Charles at the time, crashed Guy Starkweather’s car, Guy forbid Charles from ever going to the Fugate household again.
Starkweather commited his first murder on November 30th, 1957. A gas station attendant refused to sell him an item on credit, so after many visits back to purchase menial items, Starkweather shot and killed the attendant.
Two months later, on January 21st, 1958, Starkweather went over to his girlfriend Caril Ann Fugate’s house. She was not home, and Charles was told to stay away from her. He then shot and killed Fugate’s mother and stepfather, Velda and Marion Bartlett, and her two year old half sister Betty Jean through strangulation and stabbing. Upon Caril’s return, the bodies were hidden and the pair remained at Fugate’s home until January 27th, 1958. They drove to Bennet, Nebraska to meet a family friend, August Meyer. Starkweather shot and killed Meyer and his dog, before leaving with Fugate to abandon their vehicle.
Two teenagers, Robert Jensen and Carol King, offered Fugate and Starkweather a ride. Starkweather proceeded to take them hostage and force them to drive to an abandoned storm shelter. Jensen was immediately shot and killed. Starkweather attempted to rape Carol King, but finding himself unable to perform, shot and killed her as well. Fugate would mutilate King’s genitals. They left Bennet using Jensen’s car.
Fugate and Starkweather arrived in Lincoln, Nebraska. They happened upon the Ward household, where Clara Ward and her maid Lillian Fencl were currently occupying. Starkweather stabbed both Ward and Fencl, but would later attribute the multiple stab wounds on Ward to Fugate. When Clara’s husband Lauer came home, Charles shot and killed him.
Needing a new vehicle due to the high publicity of the Ward-Fencl murders, Starkweather and Fugate drove around until they saw a traveling salesman by the name of Merle Collison sleeping in the back of his Buick. Fugate and Starkweather proceeded to wake and shoot Collison and steal his car. While driving away the Buick stalled, and a passing driver offered to help. Starkweather threatened him with a gun, and eventually a deputy sheriff arrived. Caril ran towards the officer, yelling something along the lines of “It’s Starkweather! He’s going to kill me!” After a brief chase Starkweather gave himself up, and both Charles Starkweather and Caril Ann Fugate were arrested in Douglas, Nebraska.
Charles Starkweather, after being extradited to Nebraska, was found guilty in the murder of Robert Jensen and sentenced to death. Caril Ann Fugate was sentenced to life in prison, and was released in June 1976 after a seventeen and a half year sentence.
Charles Starkweather was executed by electric chair at 12:04 am on June 25, 1959 at the Nebraska State Penitentiary. He was twenty years old.
Beginning in December of 1957, Charles Starkweather, and his 14 year old girlfriend Caril fugate went on a two month killing spree. On this deadly road trip, together they murdered 11 people, and 2 dogs.
Two months later, in January 1958, they were captured. Charles received the death penalty, and was executed via the electric chair in 1959. He was 20 at the time of this death. However Caril received a life sentence, but was released on parole after serving 17 ½ years. She has always maintained that Charles was holding her hostage, by threatening to kill her family.
This story is inspiration for quite a few films, one of them being “Natural Born Killers”.