The 12th Victim


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The 12th Victim, a four-part docuseries that sheds new light on the infamous 1958 Charles Starkweather and Caril Ann Fugate murder case, in which the teenage couple was charged and convicted of brutally killing 11 victims at random. Told through a stylistic blend of archival and recreated footage and countless film and television series inspired by the killings, The 12th Victim reexamines Fugate's guilty verdict, who was 14 years old at the time of the killings, through a modern lens, questioning the media and judicial system's treatment of her despite her self-proclaimed innocence.

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S1E2 - Judgement

Examining the crime spree and trial from Caril's perspective and how she thought her parents were still alive when Charles took her away. A look at her difficult upbringing and PTSD that contributed to her compliance during the spree. We learn about Charles' mental illness and derangement, how poorly Caril was treated by law enforcement and the criminal justice system and how she was doomed from the start at her trial.

Air Date: 24 Feb 2023 19:00 (CDT)

S1E3 - Caged

Caril is determined to make the most of her time in prison and prove to the world that they got it wrong. We meet Warden Jackie Crawford who describes her as a model prisoner. Meanwhile, the mythology around the case begins to grow. The story is being refracted through movies, books and songs – many painting Caril in a bad light. Caril is released from prison.

Air Date: 03 Mar 2023 19:00 (CDT)

S1E4 - Afterlife

Out of prison, Caril attempts to set the record straight by participating in a variety of media appearances. She retreats into anonymity, gets married, and for the first time has something that resembles a normal life, until a horrible car crash throws her back into the spotlight. Caril remains stuck under the rock of a famous murder spree. A crusading attorney files a pardon for Caril. Series finale.

Air Date: 10 Mar 2023 19:00 (CDT)