Showtime’s 12th victim documentary explores Caril Ann Fugate’s murder conviction

Showtime has previewed its new true-crime docuseries The 12th Victim, which re-examines the 1958 murder case of teenage couple Charles Starkweather and Caril Ann Fugate, who were convicted of the murders of 11 people.

“Told through a stylistic blend of archival and recreated footage and countless film and television series inspired by the murders, The 12th Victim reexamines Fugate’s guilty verdict…through a modern lens,” the network said in a statement on the upcoming series.

The series will question “the media and justice system’s handling of” Fugate – now known as Caril Ann Clair – “despite her self-proclaimed innocence.”

The Latest: Showtime has previewed its new true-crime docuseries The 12th Victim, which re-examines the 1958 murder case of teenage couple Charles Starkweather and Caril Ann Fugate, who were convicted of the murders of 11 people

The documentary follows Starkweather, then 19, who murdered 11 people in Nebraska and Wyoming in 1957 and 1958, accompanied by his girlfriend Fugate, who at 14 later became the youngest woman to be tried and convicted of first-degree murder.

While Starkweather was being executed in the electric chair in 1959, Fugate – whose mother, stepfather and little half-sister were among the victims – was convicted of one count of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison.

The sentence was later reduced and she was released from prison in 1976.

The case was one of the first true crime cases to receive national spotlight, portraying the couple in a Bonnie and Clyde manner that influenced the narrative of films like 1973’s Badlands, 1993’s True Romance and 1994’s Natural Born Killers.

The documentary follows Starkweather, then 19, who murdered eleven people in Nebraska and Wyoming in 1958, accompanied by his then 14-year-old girlfriend, Fugate

At 14, Fugate became the youngest woman to be tried and convicted of first-degree murder

Starkweather was executed in the electric chair in 1959

The docuseries, directed by Nicola B. Marsh, illustrate how Fugate was “not as a willing participant, but … as an underage girl held hostage by Starkweather.”

The Showtime special will feature interviews with people close to the case, Deadline reported, and archive footage to give a contemporary look at the case.

The docuseries, directed by Nicola B. Marsh, illustrate how Fugate was “not as a willing participant, but … as an underage girl held hostage by Starkweather.”

Fugate was denied a pardon by the Nebraska Parole Board in February 2020 to clear her name.

The 12th Victim begins streaming on Showtime on February 17 at 8:7pm and will continue with new episodes every Friday.

The case was one of the first true crime cases to receive national attention, portraying the couple in Bonnie and Clyde fashion

The case influenced the narrative of films such as 1993’s True Romance and 1994’s Natural Born Killers, both with stories penned by Quentin Tarantino

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