Starkweather: The Story of a Mass Murderer
Starkweather - The story of a mass murderer
Covers of the 1976, 1977, and 2004 edition.
Author(s) William Allen
Alternate title(s) Starkweather: Portrait of a Mass Murderer
Starkweather: Inside the Mind of a Teenage Killer
Published 1976
Publisher Houghton Mifflin
Country United States
Pages 195
ISBN 9780395240779

Starkweather: The Story of a Mass Murderer is a book by William Allen, published by Houghton Mifflin, Boston, MA, in 1976. It was republished by Avon Books, New York City, NY in 1977 under the title Starkweather: Portrait of a Mass Murderer, and an updated edition was published by Emmis Books, Cincinnati, OH, in 2004 under the title Starkweather: Inside the Mind of a Teenage Killer.


In January of 1958, seventeen-year-old Charlie Starkweather killed eleven people in a grisly spree of cold-blooded murder in his hometown and neighboring towns in Nebraska. The story shocked America and cast Starkweather and his fifteen-year-old girlfriend, Caril Fugate, in the crime scene spotlight, a vivid embodiment of the dark side of the heartland. First published in 1976, this revised edition contains previously classified notes from Starkweather's prison journal and transcripts of the interviews between Starkweather and the prison psychologist, conducted as the teen awaited execution. Allen also provides further evidence that Fugate, often regarded as a kidnap victim, was indeed an accomplice in the murders.

Table of contentsEdit

Chapter Page
Prologue 1
Chapter One 9
Chapter Two 32
Chapter Three 45
Chapter Four 72
Chapter Five 95
Chapter Six 119
Chapter Seven 136
Chapter Eight 157
Epilogue 179
Notes and Sources 187


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