Waste Land: The Savage Odyssey of Charles Starkweather and Caril Ann Fugate - Mike Newton Living in Nebraska from the late 70s through the early 90s, I heard about Charles Starkweather periodically, but never learned anything about him or the murders. I had no idea, for example, how young he and Caril Ann Fugate were at the time (Caril Ann was 14!).

This book draws on a lot of the previous literature about Starkweather and Fugate. Newton seems to do a good job of sifting through the various sources. Of course, it's difficult to know where bias comes in when writing a book where the guilt or innocence of real people is in question. Newton clearly believes that both of them were guilty. It'll be interesting to read [b:Pro Bono The 18year defense of Caril Ann Fugate|16160379|Pro Bono The 18year defense of Caril Ann Fugate|Jeff McArthur|http://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1353573946s/16160379.jpg|21759678] to compare his outlook to that of Caril Ann's defense lawyer.

It's a difficult read, not because Newton gives a ghoulish, graphic description of the murders, but because Starkweather was so clearly a psychopath and Caril Ann very much a liar. Their indifference to the murders they committed was horrifying.

Very well written, but will probably only appeal to a select group.