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Charles stark -- and Carol and you get.
Two teenagers whose -- is still bring a children across this capital city of Lincoln and the nearby small farming community of Bennett.
In January of 1958.
The two left so bloody trail of terror on the great plains and -- this day the mystery continues.
Was fourteen year old Carol and few gate Charlie -- -- hostage or -- willing accomplice.
You believe she was never being held hostage -- I've looked into her eyes and I watched her reason happy home.
-- had nothing to whom do you think Lincoln will ever forget the name Charlie start whether absolutely yeah.
-- Harding was a 25 year old cub reporter for the Lincoln start earning seventy dollars a week and what was the timeline.
Before these murders.
Great time -- -- Richard brewer Dennis Arnott also grew up in Lincoln during the 1950s.
He was the son of Lancaster County sheriff moral -- not.
Along with his mother Gertrude the family maintained living quarters inside the county jail.
He was really a tough mean guy and this two years ahead of me and school but he was four years older than I was so bad.
Suggest something about how I didn't -- Let's start whether family consisting of six boys and one girl.
-- -- -- -- Pretty rough pretty tough.
Probably scrambling to make a living I think they were present time -- were in garbage hauling business.
Hollywood was beginning to pay a lot of attention to juvenile delinquency.
Charlie stark whether fancied himself a young version of actor James Dean.
He was not very tall.
Bow legged people call -- a little redheaded woodpecker.
He teased in school but not too many people I don't think teased him because he would started frightened.
-- -- -- -- -- He hated people and -- -- fat -- excuse.
Saying this is why I hate people because you're listening.
Belinda but tasty as a lawyer and the co author of the twelfth victim.
He didn't back intuitive -- I don't really feel.
He had already.
-- more which it.
But there was one person the eighteen year old start weather didn't hate.
He had eyes for us spunky and rebellious thirteen year old named Carol and -- eight.
He became totally in tune with -- she was the content.
She's my guy he was so funny he put me on a pedestal and I slammed it behind me things.
The two cruised around Lincoln and Charlie speed up 49 boards hot rod.
Charlie was also a crack shot and really into guns -- -- parents didn't like him one bit.
They probably were very impressed with him as a person they certainly were concerned about the age difference between them.
This empty lot -- -- low income Belmont section of Lincoln is all that remains of where Carol was living at the time.
With her hard working stepfather 57 year old Marian Bartlett a night watchman.
And her 36 year old mother Belda.
Also living there was her two and a half year old half sister Betty Jean.
Charlie's desire to buy things for -- soon became problematic.
Quit high school that he hated working menial jobs which included a stint as a garbage man.
After getting fired and having a fight with his father he was kicked out of the house Charlie was desperate for money.
Located here on cornhuskers highway this used to be oppressed gas station that -- used to like to hang around.
In the early morning hours of December 1 1957.
There was only one employee working.
21 year old Robert Colbert who was married with a baby on the way.
Start whether or robbed him and then forced him at gunpoint to drive them both to a secluded area.
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- You're due out darker or road and children and the speculation is that he did -- -- get money so we could buy things for -- And do we know even how much money he got from Robert Colbert my guess is that under a hundred dollars -- now saw himself as a genuine outlaw.
But what happened after Colbert murder is where our story becomes murky and is mired in controversy.
Keep -- telling channel.
It's just you and me we've got to -- me cat -- at this point she started to feel a little bit suffocated by him right she actually kind of told him not to call her -- yes yeah.
January 21 1958.
Knowing what happened at the Portland home in Belmont on that cold winter day depends on who you belief -- one thing is known for sure.
-- stepfather and mother had been shot and stabbed to death two and a half year old Betty Jean was bludgeoned with the -- of a rifle and stabbed with a night.
Fourteen year old -- said she came home from school opponents start whether in her home.
Pointing a shotgun matter with her family nowhere in sight.
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But then 46 year old Carol and few gates described.
What happened next bishop dependent to my case.
And had me sit in rocking chair.
And this is when he told me at that time.
My family was over this woman counts knowing and it I did what I was told they wouldn't be her he had to do with -- phone -- -- -- -- shotgun blast can cause a lot of damage.
And there would be blood everywhere and yet apparently he was able to clean it all up before she came home.
Yes yeah this possible.
Well he's had -- nice clean out.
-- three bodies having that jumped into sheds in the backyard.
Went undiscovered for nearly a week as Carroll and Charlie remained in the house.
But reporter -- Harding who visited the crime -- still does not believe Carol's story.
I think Charlie's story that he got into an argument with -- step farther and it escalated from there and and ended up shooting stepfather.
The -- her mother ran into screaming and he didn't kill her mother.
And in your view Carol and -- -- was there and watching all of this and knew exactly what was happening to our units.
There -- people came to the home looking for Charlie.
Trying to reach out to Carol and -- -- mother.
And her demeanor was very -- Mrs.
marvelous mother want to get in the house carols and we're all sick with the flu go away -- would rather have Carroll had a sign on the doors that.
Stay on everybody's sick with the flu.
And it was kind.
Miss Bartlett who is currently -- -- -- in the house sponsor.
On the scene sister who couldn't you know right next.
And that was from signing -- -- you know maybe somebody will figure this out and asked him do something.
Because I'm afraid to -- something.
Other family members and even the Lincoln police stopped by during the week but Carroll talked them out of coming inside.
On Monday January 27 -- grandmother finally had enough.
She yelled at Carol that she was returning with the police and a search warrant Charlie decided it was time to hit the road.
-- -- Hours later when the bodies of Marianne de Velde and -- -- Bartlett were discovered an all points bulletin was issued for the top.
I swear -- on -- plotting to kill them.
And I only -- because I hadn't -- him.
She says she's being taken hostage.
He says that she came along willingly and and you believe his story.
I don't believe she was ever -- hostage.
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Coming up -- bloodbath continues.
After playing the Marlins residents Charlie -- weather and Carol and -- had.
Twenty miles south than -- sport to the small town of and then in Nebraska and stopping at the farm -- of the seventy year old August Meyer.
Family friend knows Charlie since he was a boy.
What do they do to him.
Charlie claimed that -- speier came -- the door carrying a gun.
And so Charlie supposedly felt threatened starting I think -- just look for an excuse to kill kill and we just.
The cold blooded killing.
Yeah I think now.
-- -- -- I knew what he's.
Not going home all you know -- better be very careful and don't across.
Because if he could wipe out this -- repeatedly.
After blasting away August -- -- -- -- got cars stuck in the mud outside of -- alarm while walking along the darkened highway.
-- -- -- spotted by two popular embedded teenagers.
Seventeen year old Robert Jensen and sixteen year old girl came in a fateful decision Jensen offered them a ride it wasn't long before start -- had them at gunpoint from the back -- to.
They're bloody bodies were found the next day in -- -- storm cellar -- August Myers my arm.
-- had been shot six times in the head.
King wants her partially nude body had also been sexually mutilated you saw that storm -- Yes it was a terrible start -- -- close -- -- suit.
Today on those two kids' -- down on pace down -- restaurants or both from chuck didn't.
And Carol mutilated.
Carol and few -- admits she did hold a gun on the Koppel at one point and took four dollars out of -- wallet and act that would later cost her dearly.
But she claims she did it at stark -- -- is coming on January 27.
With the six people murdered Charlie Carroll drove back into Lincoln in Johnson's car.
And parked in the wealthy country club section of town and slept inside the car.
The next morning they cruised around the neighborhood looking for a place to hide out -- Simpson's car.
And get a new one.
They end up at a house that he became familiar with while he worked on the track through right this is the home -- whether chose to hide out it.
It was owned by wealthy and well respected 47 year old businessman -- our board and his wife Clara.
Carol and waited in the car the rear of.
The driveway while Charlie went into the house inside were 46 year old Clara ward and her 51 year old maid of Lillian -- Armed with guns and tonight Charlie and Carol landed terrorized the women for nearly ten hours and so what happened at this house.
That's a -- dispute -- the only thing it's not disputed is -- two or three people killed.
Restored his wife and they -- made -- story is that -- -- killed while.
-- story is that Carol either killed or assisted in killing -- I think some of the two women.
Charlie admits there's you wrestled with that mr.
ward when he came home from work the afternoon -- and -- mr.
While the murders were happening at the ward house and the bodies of August -- Robert Jensen and Carole King were discovered in that.
And everybody immediately knew who did it.
Charlie's car was stuck in the mood -- it from our house Bob Johnson's car was gone.
I mean you hit it good -- together and figured out.
That night Charlie and Carol got into -- awards in 1956 Packard and began to head west to start mother's brother's home in Washington State.
When the three bodies were discovered at the courthouse the next day Lincoln converged on mass hysteria.
Everybody started thinking oh my god whose house -- the end around town.
Governor Victor Anderson called in the National Guard schools were closed gods were everywhere.
Lancaster County sheriff -- -- not now had nine dead bodies on his hands and no idea where Charlie stark weather and Carol and few gate war.
-- -- and I have made an -- for our.
Adjoining counties including Novartis and all know what help they can -- again.
Would the police now looking for power -- Packard started whether knew he needed a new set of wheels.
His opportunity came just over the Wyoming state line near the town of Douglas.
-- 37 year old salesman -- Collison was asleep in his car on the side of the highway and boy unlucky guy.
There was -- Charlie it shutting the Charlie stories are just gun jammed.
And he yelled at Carol figure another gun.
-- -- story is that Caroline is due to giving under the -- just pumped bulletin of mr.
Charlie testified that he said I think -- quote was she was the most trigger happy person -- ever seen.
With Collison slumped on the passenger floorboards stark weather was having trouble releasing the cars break.
When 29 year old Joseph sprinkle passed by him on the highway.
Tell you turn -- highway.
And are vulnerable moment.
And then he emerged from the car.
And point her life.
And huge hands his hands -- -- -- Coming up just sprinkle may not have realized it but he was about to have the -- of his life with a mass murderer.
Stopping to help what he thought it was a stranded motorist on Wyoming's route twenty.
Joe's Rangel found himself face to face with a madman named Charles stark -- and -- weather was winning a shotgun adamant screaming about releasing the emergency brake.
I looked inside the car and there was in my hand lane deplorable.
Was just a number of controls.
And he has had little room -- the passenger side still has lashed out my left hand.
Got the barrel the end of the barrel.
Let my right hand I got to stalk.
And then we got in the middle -- struggling from the ago.
-- -- gave watched as the two men battled on the desolate roadway.
When I Wyoming Highway Patrol car driven by officer bill Romer suddenly came upon the scene do you -- rushed to his car.
His character -- sisters -- Gregory's crazies he's gonna kill me but -- the short length of time I would -- thirty or 45 seconds.
I had the -- and laying down -- -- back.
Partner in the ditch.
And I got a monthly bill -- really to keep fighting but he was running down -- -- He jumped in the car.
Having seen -- start whether -- at our awards stolen packer.
-- our -- -- -- the Highway Patrol and -- -- was finally captured after a high speed chase.
Start whether reportedly told his captors quote don't be rough on the girl she didn't have anything to do with it.
Eight days of terror had finally come to an meant.
From Lincoln Lancaster County sheriff moral -- -- and his wife Gertrude went to Wyoming to retrieve the young fugitives.
They were both returned in separate cars to Lincoln Charlie -- with the sheriff Carroll with mrs.
According to my mother she never says anything.
That would suggest that he's.
The innocent victim here.
-- whether confessed to killing his first victim gas station attendant Robert Colbert.
Although we -- people had been murdered it's still a mystery why Charlie and Carol were tried separately.
Only for the robbery and killing of seventeen year old Robert Jensen.
After a two week trial in May 1958.
Stark weather was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to death.
That October 1 week before her trial began Carol held a press conference.
I was out here who have watched her -- her usual icy cold demeanor had two questions.
How can they didn't have putted.
Why couldn't -- -- run my.
I present it to the public.
You know this person you know well that -- you know she's she's tired and she's -- she's fat not knowing that behind act.
It was a business.
Despite what he said when he was arrested and start weathered house divided against you claiming she was always willing participant in the horrific murder spree.
In November 15 year old Carol and you -- was found guilty of murder while in the merger integration of a robbery and although facing the death penalty Carroll was sentenced to life in prison.
Did you think she got there -- Yes she was not charged with -- actually killing anyone.
It's what you call felony murder if you're willing participant you're equally guilty -- John Stevens very old lawyer at Lincoln who was a co author of the twelfth victim.
Disagrees with the verdict she was not acting as a free agent at any time.
In an order to commit a crime you have to act as a free agent -- Charles stark whether justice was swift.
After a failed series of appeals he was executed shortly after midnight on June 25 1959.
Dell Harding was a witness.
They gave him three jolts of electricity was raised -- from the insurance and down each time.
Have what clinical other best -- Tracy couldn't -- his expressions.
And my immediate impression was that was.
To -- to clean and to merciful compared to break it down to Bob gently stroking him and the other people.
In Lincoln Lancaster County sheriff Terry Wagner showed fox files the contents of the recently discovered wallet of Charles -- whether.
We had -- just a real plane tooled leather wallet his hunting license from 1957.
His Social Security card they were photographs.
From a from a picture -- He hand.
Carol and if you gate.
Together and he looks like a pretty normal guy had these pictures ever been seen publicly before you know they've been blocking the safe.
Carol and -- -- spent eighteen years in prison sentence was commuted and she was paroled in 1976.
At the age of 32.
She moved to Michigan where she lived quietly working as a hospital orderly and marrying -- retired machinist Fred -- when she was sixty.
Three but Carroll made international headlines recently when she was critically injured in a car accident that killed her husband.
Strangely his obituary from the funeral home made no mention of Carol.
Those eight days of murder on the great plains still on Lincoln Nebraska.
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