A wanna-be tough guy and his 14-year-old girlfriend go on a murder spree.




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Complete series cast summary:
 Elmer Scheele (2 episodes, 1993)
 Gus Meyer (2 episodes, 1993)
 Marion Bartlett (2 episodes, 1993)
 Jonette Fox (2 episodes, 1993)
 Governor Anderson (2 episodes, 1993)
 C. Lauer Ward (2 episodes, 1993)
 Clara Ward (2 episodes, 1993)
 Robert Jensen (2 episodes, 1993)
 Carol King (2 episodes, 1993)
Don Bloomfield ...
 Bobby Colvert (2 episodes, 1993)
John Hussey ...
 Mr. Jensen (1993) (2 episodes, 1993)
 Deputy Sheriff Bill Romer (2 episodes, 1993)
 Merle Karnopp (2 episodes, 1993)
Mark Walters ...
 Chief Robert Ainslie (2 episodes, 1993)
 Velda Bartlett (2 episodes, 1993)
 Clem Gaughan (2 episodes, 1993)
 Judge Brooks (2 episodes, 1993)
 Earl Heflin (2 episodes, 1993)
 Hazel Heflin (2 episodes, 1993)
 Caril Ann Fugate (2 episodes, 1993)
 John McArthur (2 episodes, 1993)
 Pansy Street (2 episodes, 1993)
 Charles Starkweather (2 episodes, 1993)


A wanna-be tough guy and his 14-year-old girlfriend go on a murder spree.

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1993 (USA)  »

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Starkweather: Murder in the Heartland  »

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A true story..played hard and graphic!
14 February 2003 | by (woodlyn,pennsylvania) – See all my reviews

As a child I remember reading about CarilAnn Fugate in one of those"Whatever Happened To.." books that my mother used to read!Of course she was still in the Nebraska Women's Prison,filing her appeals to her parole board.Some years later a discussion came up in my college psychology class about CarilAnn Fugate's recent release from prison and her apparent "antisocial personality disorder".Then in 1993 she popped-up out of nowhere,calling an angry press conference and venting her wrath over the airing of a TV movie about her "ordeal" as a "child" Naturally,being a movie and crime buff,I became fascinated with the Starkweather-Fugate case!Reading almost anything I could get my hands on about it and even watching "Badlands" and was surprised how close it came to the truth!However,I couldn't wait to finally see "Murder in the Heartland"! Hoping to maybe see the case played out and form some opinion about it for myself! Well...This movie definitely shows the known facts of the murder spree and sticks almost completely to the testimonies and the speculations!Perhaps so much that it leaves the viewer confused about young CarilAnn's actual level of involvement and the harshness of her consequences!Played to eerie perfection by Tim Roth and Fairuza Balk.The harrowing murder spree of Charles Starkweather and CarilAnn Fugate is one that will shock and bewilder!!

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