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Title: The Twelfth Victim( The Innocence of Caril Fugate in the Starkweather Murder Rampage) <>Binding: Paperback <>Author: LindaM.Battisti <>Publisher: AddicusBooks

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Wonderful Book 24 May 2014
By Lincoln girl 2007 - Published on
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I was just a few years younger than Caril Ann Fugate and grew up in Nebraska. The Starkweather years will always be a part of Nebraska history. I have always believed in her innocence and hope she will find some inner peace knowing so many others feel the way I do. I found this book so interesting and found out so many things that were never known during her trail. Shame on so many people who influenced the outcome. I hope one day amends will be made for the 18 years Caril Ann spent in prison.

Good job Linda M Battisti and John Stevens Berry.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
FINALLY Caril Ann Fugate's Own Story of Her Innocence! 8 Jun. 2014
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I had just turned eleven years old and was growing up in New Jersey when I saw the TV news coverage of Starkweather's murder spree. I saw the Ninette Beaver TV interview of Caril and felt a great sympathy for her. I thought her ordeal was completely terrifying, and I thought she was very very brave.

As a child myself, I felt her fear and vulnerability under Starkweather's terrifying grip. I later went to a girls boarding school when I was 13, and when I didn't hear from my parents for several weeks, I was afraid they might be dead. I can relate to Caril's belief when she was only fourteen that Starkweather would kill her family if she didn't remain a dutiful hostage.

I have read just about every book about Starkweather's murderous killing spree and especially appreciated Ninette Beaver's excellent 1974 book Caril, which confirmed my belief in Caril's innocence. I want to give so many thanks to Caril for letting Linda Battisti and John Berry finally tell her whole story! They have done an excellent job!

The one book I have not read yet is Pro Bono: The 18-Year Defense of Caril Ann Fugate by Jeff McArthur about his grandfather John McArthur's strong conviction of her innocence and his fight for her freedom for 18 years with his partner Merril Reller and his son James. I admire them tremendously and plan to read it next.

I have always thought Caril handled herself, even at age fourteen, with a great deal of bravery and grace and dignity. To me she is a heroine of survival, in spite of all the injustice she has been put through by unscrupulous people in a fallacious system. I think she would be surprised to learn that most people who have read about the case believe, and have always believed, in her innocence. I hope she can take some heart from that.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
I don't know 6 Jun. 2014
By Yukio - Published on
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This is a great story but I am going to keep researching the story of Starkweather and Fugate. Something tells me that the girl was dragged around by the degenerate and should not have gone to prison but I also know there are two sides to this. Suffice it to say that Battisti does an excellent job portraying the period and the people. It is a fine book.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
This book changed my mind 25 May 2014
By A. J. Johnson - Published on
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This book was a total eye-opener for me. I had gone along with general public opinion that Caril Fugate MUST have been guilty as sin while she accompanied Starkweather on his murder spree. But, this book changed my mind about Caril Fugate. That poor girl was a child (only fourteen years old), and she was just obeying Starkweather so he wouldn't harm her family. She didn't know he'd already slaughtered them. Caril was treated so unfairly by the state of Nebraska.
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The True Story of the Prosecution of Caril Fugate 11 Jun. 2014
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As the son of the attorney for Caril Fugate (and as the attorney for her federal court appeals and parole hearing) I have been involved in the case from almost the first day. As a teenager interested in a career in law my father introduced me to Caril and let me be involved in the investigation and watch the trial. The Twelfth Victim is an accurate, and necessary, account of the facts of the crime and the subsequent prosecution of a 14 year old girl caught up in a terrifying murderous situation. The two attorneys who wrote this account are well equipped to analyze the utter lack of any semblance of due process during her trial. From the initial failure to provide her legal counsel while extensively grilling her prior to her arraignment through a trial marred by a jury tainted by a juror's bet that Caril would be given the death penalty, the whole process was a travesty of justice. Author John Stevens Berry is an experienced military JAG officer, who was defense counsel in the Green Beret case of the Vietnam War, and an experienced civilian defense counsel as well and is well qualified to comment both on the legal and the psychological aspects of this case. He also explains the advances in the law, particularly as it relates to juveniles, since this case was tried and why it probably would not be subject to those abuses they expose were it to arise today.
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