By Leo Adam Biga
Flatwater Free Press 

Revisting Starkweather, Fugate was personal for true crime author


January 18, 2024

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Captured • Caril Ann Fugate, 14, of Lincoln, sits in the Converse County sheriff's office in Douglas, Wyo., Jan. 30, 1958. Fugate was captured with Charles Starkweather, accused murderer of 11 people in Nebraska and Wyoming.

Best-selling true crime author and Nebraska native Harry Mac-Lean knew he'd one day examine the most infamous crime in Nebraska history, the 1958 Charles Starkweather murder spree.

But MacLean's reluctance to revisit his own fraught upbringing in Lincoln, where most of the murders occurred, kept pushing that day further away.

Until now.

MacLean offers his own take on one of the nation's first mass media serial killings in his book "Starkweather: The Untold Story of the Killing Spree That Changed America," published in November.

An attorney by training, he set out to make the most thorough revi...

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