Charles Starkweather: Slayer of Ten
Charles Starkweather believed he was above the law and that he was gaining more and more power through each victim whose life he blotted out. The first person was murdered for not giving him a stuffed animal on credit at a gas station. This started his two month killing spree that started on December 1st of 1957 until January 29th of 1958.
A list of his victims:
Robert Colvert (21), gas station attendant
Marion Bartlett (57), Fugate’s stepfather
Velda Bartlett (36), Fugate’s mother
Betty Jean Bartlett (2), Velda and Marion Bartlett’s daughter
August Meyer (70), Starkweather family’s friend
Robert Jensen (17), Carol King’s boyfriend
Carol King (16), Robert Jensen’s girlfriend
C. Lauer Ward (47), wealthy industrialist
Clara Ward (46), C. Lauer Ward’s wife
Lillian Fencl (51), Clara Ward’s maid
Merle Collison (37), traveling salesman
After his trial he was eventually executed via the electric chair June 25th, of 1959.
Our history has many monsters, and I believe that each of them possess a little evil in them – more than the rest of us. Sometimes they may have an illness that in turn makes them vulnerable and bad spirits who are opportunists can take control, guiding them or tempting them to do things most men and women would never do.
Until next time…
~ William C. Raustler