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The 12th Victim
In 1958, a grisly string of murders terrified the Midwest as teenager Charles Starkweather killed 11 victims in Nebraska and Wyoming with his 14-year-old girlfriend, Caril Ann Fugate, by his side. As one of the first true-crime stories to unfold in real time on television, the widely covered Bonnie and Clyde-style narrative depicted Starkweather as a James Dean-wannabe and Fugate as his lascivious, bloodthirsty girlfriend. Using archival and re-created footage, and interviews with those closest to the case, the crimes are reviewed to examine whether Fugate was a willing participant or an underage girl held hostage by Starkweather.