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The True Story of Charles Starkweather and Caril Fugate (The Real-Life Mickey and Mallory) (True Crime Collection Book 1) by [Books, Hoffmann]
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  • File Size: 1884 KB
  • Print Length: 61 pages
  • Publisher: Hoffmann Books (June 19, 2013)
  • Publication Date: June 19, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DI4HQ1G
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For those of you who have read my past reviews, you will know that I am a huge fan of horror and erotic fiction, well, time to add true crime to that list!

I am sure many of you have seen the movie titled "Frighteners" (if you haven't, I highly suggest it) well the movie happened to be based loosely off of these two interesting individuals. We not only learn a bit about Charles's upbringing, but also of Caril's. These two were young lovers who had a taste for murder. No one was spared, not even Caril's family.

The book is very detailed and you feel as if you are watching the horrible drama unfold before your very eyes. When twenty year old Starkweather was asked if he wanted to asked if he wanted to donate his eyes, he replied, "Why should I? Nobody ever gave me anything."

If you are a fan of true crime, this is a great read and a must have for your collection! Trust me dolls, you will see a lot more of these reviews coming from me in the near future
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Thank goodness this short book wasn't any longer than it was. I like true crime and the price was right, so I bought it. I'm thinking this is one of those "self-published" books? It had little style and the grammar/spelling and such were terrible. It's as though this was the author's first attempt at publishing and he/she (no author is listed, only Hoffman Publishers) just figured they wouldn't bother getting anyone to proofread it. I'm sure there are other more well-written accounts of this famous story about two doomed young lovers; one, a psychopath, who suffered horrible abuse at home, and who goes on a major killing spree of family members and others who just happened to be in his way, or so he thought. The other was a not so bright and gullible young lady, desperately seeking attention and approval, who succumbed to his great charms and became his accomplice. It is a fascinating story, but I would recommend reading other more professionally written accounts and skip this one.
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I know a lot about the Starkweather/Fugate crime for two reasons; I'm from Lincoln, Nebraska and my mom dated Charles Starkweather, so his story has been shared many time in my family. Although, I do know about this crime, I found this version/story very good. It still caught my interest. Was very easy to read. Good work.
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As always I enjoy a great killer thriller,but this is about real life. It's heart breaking to know that real people who go on killing sprees really do exist in this world.You will find this story fascinating and told honestly.
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No one in his right mind would even attempt arguing that Charles Starkweather was a mental giant. But after reading this book, and after reading the author write ad nauseum that Mr. Starkweather was nothing less than a fool, I have to contemplate the following expression: "Those in glass houses shouldn't throw stones."

To opine that the writing here is amateurish is nearly redundant. Is it the case that the author's second language is English? While I was reading, I was constantly reorganizing sentences in my head, and I was constantly rewriting passages in a virtual way so that they would make at least a little bit of sense. From a writing perspective, I would say that this book is as bad as it gets. The sentences are short and choppy and the pronoun references are ambiguous. And these obvious flaws are only the tip of a very unforgiving iceberg.

Jack Olsen, probably the greatest true-crime author ever (at least in the English language), left us something to think about even after his unfortunate passing in the early 2000s. If you visit his web site, and if you do a little searching, you will read a page where he describes the state of this genre in particular. And his opinion is not complementary. He thought that too many people wanted to become true-crime authors, and most of those "wannabes" had neither the experience nor the basic writing skills that were required. And this book gives strong evidence that Mr. Olsen was really on to something.

I just watched "Badlands," and I own a copy of the very underrated film "Starkweather" as well. I wanted a little more background information on this "bad boy," and so I figured that this would be the ticket, based upon the reviews, and further based upon the price. Good reviews; cheap price.
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I bought this book on a whim while having a discussion about Starkweather to find out more. My feelings are ambiguous. It is without doubt the most poorly-written book I've ever read. Probably written for an individual of perhaps a third-grade reading ability, I'm not sure if the author, who is not named, wrote poorly on purpose, or if Hoffmann Books purposely recruits writers of reduced grammatic ability to reach a target audience on 'their own level.' Many sentences contained unsubstantiated and ambiguous statements, and many sentences ended in a preposition. Some sentences were so poorly grammatically constructed that they interfered with my apprehension of the material itself; within several pages I found myself hunting for bad grammar as a kind of sport, the story itself becoming secondary.

However, if one can get past the terrible writing, the facts outlined are fairly clearly presented.

In total, I rate the book as basically supermarket schlock in style, and fairly accurate in content. Skip it if you prefer quality writing.
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