On 1st of December 1957, Charles Starkweather executed Lincoln gas station attendant, Robert Colvert with several shots to the head.
His murderous spree was just starting.
Almost two months later, he then murdered the mother and stepfather of his girlfriend, 14 year old Caril Ann Fugate and in front of her, he strangled Caril's two year old sister in her bed.
They stayed in the house for twodays then the two of them went on the run and before their capture Charles Starkweather would kill seven more people.
First off were a young couple who had stopped to try to help him get his car going again. Starkweather shot the boy then he tried to rape the girl, but failing to do so, he shot and killed her too.
Now needing more guns and ammunition, he killed a friend August Meyer and took his.
The two now returned to Lincoln and broke into the house of C. Laur Ward. Starkweather then took Mrs Ward and her housekeeper upstairs, tied them up and stabbed them to death. When Mr Ward returned home he too was shot by Starkweather.
Now they took the Ward’s car and drove to Wyoming, and along the way some twelve miles outside the town of Douglas we came across Merle Collison asleep in his car. Starkweather duely shot him nine times in his head as he slept.
At this time Joe Sprinkle stopped to see if he could be of any help, but when Starkweather turned on him he wrestled the gun off him and called out to a passing deputy , "It's Starkweather, he's going to kill me."
His spree was over.
Starkweather was executed by electric chair on June 25, 1959. He was 19 years old. Fugate was sentenced to life in prison, but was paroled in 1977.