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History Unveiled: Starkweather

History Unveiled: Starkweather

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Don’t miss out on our exclusive summer program showcasing the best books and authors on Nebraska history!

On June 24, we welcome New York Times bestselling author Harry MacLean as he discusses his newest publication, Starkweather: The Untold Story of the Killing Spree that Changed America. The Washington Post calls the book “methodical” and “relentless” in investigating Charles Starkweather’s actions and Caril Ann Fugate’s involvement.

Event registration is only $5 and free for History Nebraska members, thanks to the support of the Nebraska State Historical Society Foundation.



About the Author

Harry MacLean’s career as an author began when in 1981 he read a news story about a man shot to death on the street of a small Missouri town in front of 55 witnesses. Ken Rex McElroy had terrorized northwest Missouri for over twenty years before two citizens of Skidmore took the law into their hands. MacLean’s telling of the story in earned an Edgar Award for Best True Crime and a spot on the NY Times bestseller list for eleven weeks. In Broad Daylight was made into a movie starring Brian Denney and Cloris Leachman.

Starkweather, the Untold Story of the Killing Spree that Changed America, is MacLean’s latest work. This is the true story of Charles Starkweather, often considered to be the first mass killer of the modern age of America and served as a precursor to the violence of contemporary America.

Harry has appeared on Larry King, Oprah Winfrey, Inside Edition, NPR All Things Considered and Weekend Edition, Travis Smiley, C-SPAN Book TV, CNN, and numerous other TV and radio shows. He has presented at the American Association of University Women, Colorado Bar Association, American Hospital Association, The University of Denver College of Law, Lawrence University, the University of Colorado, Rotary Clubs, and many other legal organizations, educational institutions, and fraternal organizations around the country.

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