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Starkweather Case Study. Purpose of Case Study Project. Charles Starkweather & Caril Fugate. Personal Role Present-day jury member Objective Research the Starkweather case through multiple sources Attempt to understand the individuals involved and the actions that took place

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Starkweather case study

Starkweather Case Study

Purpose of Case Study Project

Charles Starkweather & Caril Fugate

  • Personal Role

    • Present-day jury member

  • Objective

    • Research the Starkweather case through multiple sources

    • Attempt to understand the individuals involved and the actions that took place

    • Explain whether or not the suspects deserved what was handed down by the judge and jury

    • Analyze whether or not this case, if heard again today, would have a different outcome

  • Basic Information/Personal Biography

    • Who

    • What

    • When

    • Where

    • Why/How

  • The Victims

    • Name of Victim

    • What happened

    • Who supposedly did it

  • The Trial Process

    • What were the convictions

    • What was the defense for each of the convicted

    • Explain the actions of the prosecution

    • What was the verdict

  • Punishment

    • What was the sentencing and why


Starkweather case study

Charles Starkweather

Caril Fugate

Victims

Trial

Punishment


Starkweather case study

Starkweather Partner QuestionsOn a new page in your Starkweather Case Study Project, Label the section as Write down each question in your notebookAnswer each question in complete sentences in your own notebook

  • How old was Charles Starkweather when he dropped out of high school? Why do you think he decided to quit his education?

  • What was family life like for Charles Starkweather and Caril Fugate? Did both individuals have support at home or around the community (neighbors, extended family, school, friends, etc.) Explain their relationship(s) with the individuals that supported them.

  • How did members of the community describe Charles Starkweatherdemenor/behavior as a child and teenager?

  • What job(s) did Starkweather have? How did his employers describe his work ethic? Does the previous answer contribute to why Starkweather might have had multiple jobs?

  • How did Charles Starkweather and Caril Fugate meet? What drew them to each other? Was there anything peculiar/unusual about their relationship? If so, what? If not, why?

  • Did any of the murders during the spree seem similar in manner? If so, which ones and how were they similar? If not, which ones and how were they different?


Starkweather case study

Caril Fugate’s Story (During Trial)

Caril Fugate’s Story (Post Trial – Present)

Caril’sExplaination (Then)

Caril’sExplaination (Now)

What Other’s Think


Starkweather case study

Caril Fugate Partner QuestionsOn a new page in your Starkweather Case Study Project, Label the section as Write down each question in your notebookAnswer each question in complete sentences in your own notebook

  • Why do you think Caril got involved with Charles Starkweather? Do you believe that Caril broke off their relationship just a few days prior to the killing spree? Explain why or why not.

  • What was Caril’s home life like and did she have a strong family support system? Why did Caril’s mom and step-dad not like Charlie, and would this have led to Caril breaking up with Charlie? Why or why not.

  • Caril maintains that she believed that her family was still alive but in danger during the killing spree. Do you think that Caril told the truth or created a lie to protect herself? Explain your reasoning behind the answer.

  • Do you believe that Caril was mentally and physically capable of doing what Starkweather accused her of during their murder trials? Explain.

  • Caril says that she was a hostage of Starkweather, and was unable to getaway from the situation. Do you believe this story is creditable/reliable? What information would make her story true or false.

  • After being arrested, both Caril and Charlie were held in separate areas and not aloud to see or speak to one another. Both gave different stories as to what happened during the killing spree. Of the two, which story is more creditable/reliable, Charlie’s or Caril’s? Or do you think that both are flawed? Explain your answer.

  • Was there anything suspicious about Caril’s actions/reactions that we know of from trial testimony over the killing spree, Starkweather’s trial, and her own trial? If so, what seemed odd or out of place.


Starkweather case study

Characteristics of a Serial Killer

Characteristics of a Psychopath

Characteristics of Starkweather


Starkweather case study

Serial Killer/Psychopath QuestionsOn a new page in your Starkweather Case Study Project, Label the section as Write down each question in your notebookAnswer each question in complete sentences in your own notebook

  • What characteristics did Charles Starkweather have that could identify with characteristics of serial killers and psychopaths?

  • What characteristics did Charles Starkweather have that do not identify with characteristics of serial killers and psychopaths?

  • Of the characteristics used to explain serial killers and psychopaths, which characteristic(s) did Starkweather closely align with? Give examples to back your answer.

  • Based off of your research, which would Charles Starkweather be classified as, a serial killer or a psychopath? Explain your answer.

  • Is there anything unique to the Starkweather case that would not allow him to be truly generalize as either a serial killer or a psychopath?

  • Do you believe that Starkweather was a “natural-born” killer? Explain why. If not, explain how you would personally describe him.

  • Where does Caril Fugate fit in to the killing spree? From the information that you have read, is she a serial killer, psychopath, or a “natural-born “ killer? Or was she truly just another victim of Starkweather as a hostage? Why or why not? Explain.


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