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Publisher's Summary

In 1958, 19-year-old Charlie Starkweather went on a murder spree that paralyzed Nebraska, shocked the nation, and left 11 people dead. With him when he was captured was his 14-year-old ex-girlfriend Caril Fugate. The question soon arose: Was Caril a kidnapped victim or a heartless accomplice?
Appointed to her case, Attorney John McArthur initially accepted the assignment out of a sense of constitutional duty. But as he delved deeper, he found that the truth was far more complicated than anyone was letting on. Up against incredible odds, and with a strong conviction of her innocence, McArthur remained with Caril and fought for her freedom for 18 years. For this service, he took no pay, accepting the case pro bono.
This audiobook follows the long struggle of McArthur, his partner Merril Reller, and John's son, James, as they took on the Nebraska legal system and a public that had already determined Caril's guilt before ever hearing a word of testimony. The story continues through all it influenced, such as Stephen King, who became a horror writer because of it, Bruce Springsteen, who wrote a whole album about it, Terrence Malick, Oliver Stone, Martin Sheen, and Peter Jackson, who wrote his first major movie based on the Starkweather-Fugate incident.
Pro Bono explores aspects of this incredible story that have never been revealed before, and sheds new light on these terrifying and complex events.
©2012 Jeff McArthur (P)2014 Jeff McArthur
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3 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 06-27-18

Informative and Interesting!

The author,being the grandson of the defense for Caril Fugate, brings to light the behind the scene account of the case. Lots of facts that were not known at the time of the trial. This book brings you closer to the 14 year old girl who was involved with a troubled boy, and how she was a “victim” and not the accomplice she was sentenced for. The author narration makes this a more personal account of this case.
If you like court cases and the inner workings of defending a defendant that is young and vulnerable this is for you! Good interesting read!!

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3 out of 5 stars
By taj-marie on 08-17-18

It was okay

They story and information was good! But it did repeat its self a lot. Both with information and with the sound. Bad editing. I can hear the buzz of the mic the whole time. This is one I would not listen to again but I would read again.

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