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Charlie Starkweather kills for the last time and is arrested

A stock photo of a man in handcuffs


Too dumb to be as cool as his idol, James Dean, Charlie Starkweather took the cheap route to celebrity status and became a killer. He killed for petty and petulant reasons, starting with a service worker who refused him credit.

He then killed his girlfriend’s parents. They were worried he was a bad influence on their girl and feared she had become pregnant. As it turned out, this was the least of their worries.

His last victim was a sleeping shoe-salesman who when awoken, refused to hand over his car...