Caril Ann Fugate, Caril Ann Fugate was just 14 years old when she was arrested as an accomplice to her boyfriend, Charlie Starkweather, who allegedly killed eleven people in Nebraska in the late ’50s. Three of the victims were Fugate’s mother, stepfather, and 2-year old sister, and though Fugate claimed she was Starkweather’s hostage, many at the time said she should have died in the electric chair with him.
Fugate is now in critical condition after a horrific car accident in Michigan which claimed the life of her husband, 81-year old Frederick A. Clair, who was driving. Reports say Clair drifted off the road, crossed over two lanes of traffic and rolled into the median. Authorities say Fugate is expected to live.
The now-70 year old found her name synonymous with infamy after the murders–which were included in the worst killing spree Nebraska had ever seen–and was the subject of a film starring Sissy Spacek and Martin Sheen called “Badlands”. She still maintains her innocence in the murders and says she was afraid for her own life at the hands of Starkweather, who was nineteen at the time of the killings. However, she did receive a life sentence for her role in the murder of a 17-year old victim, which was later reduced. She eventually served eighteen years in prison and was paroled in 1976.