The 12th Victim docuseries from Showtime investigates Caril Ann Fugate’s murder conviction

Showtime’s docuseries The 12th Victim explores the murder conviction of Caril Ann Fugate after 11 murders in the 1950s

Showtime has released a preview for its new true crime docuseries The 12th Victim, which reexamines the 1958 murder case of teenage couple Charles Starkweather and Caril Ann Fugate, who were convicted of the murders of 11 people.

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

The series questions “the media and legal system’s treatment of” Fugate – now known as Caril Ann Clair – “despite her self-proclaimed innocence.”

The latest: Showtime has released a preview for its new true crime docuseries The 12th Victim, which reexamines the 1958 murder case of teenage couple Charles Starkweather and Caril Ann Fugate, who were convicted of murdering 11 people

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

While Starkweather was executed via the electric chair in 1959, Fugate—whose mother, stepfather, and infant half-sister were among the victims—was convicted of first-degree murder and given a life sentence.

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

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

The docuseries focuses on Starkweather, then 19, who killed 11 people in Nebraska and Wyoming in 1958, accompanied by his girlfriend Fugate, then 14.

The docuseries focuses on Starkweather, then 19, who killed 11 people in Nebraska and Wyoming in 1958, accompanied by his girlfriend Fugate, then 14.

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

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

Starkweather was executed in 1959 via the electric chair

Starkweather was executed in 1959 via the electric chair

The docuseries, directed by Nicola B. Marsh, will illustrate how Fugate was

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

The Showtime special features interviews with people close to the case, deadline reported, and archive footage to see the case in a contemporary way.

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

Fugate was not pardoned by the Nebraska Pardon Board in February 2020 in an effort to clear her name.

The 12th Victim begins streaming on Showtime on February 17 at 8/7c and continues with new episodes every Friday.

The case was one of the first true crime cases to reach the national spotlight, portraying the couple in a Bonnie and Clyde fashion.

The case was one of the first true crime cases to reach the national spotlight, portraying the couple in a Bonnie and Clyde fashion.

The case subsequently influenced the story of films such as 1993's True Romance and 1994's Natural Born Killers, both with stories written by Quentin Tarantino.

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

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