The 12th Victim
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    Though committed more than 60 years ago, the Starkweather Spree Killings are still very fresh in the collective consciousness of today’s society, as a string of 11 brutal murders in Nebraska and Wyoming carried out in 1958 have inspired movies like Badlands, True Romance, and Natural Born Killers. However, for the most part, these movies portray Charles Starkweather as an idealistic rebel, a James Dean like character, while his 14-year-old girlfriend Caril Ann Fugate has been treated as anyone from a willing accomplice to a seductress leading the 19-year-old to kill nearly a dozen people, including her family.

    The new Showtime original docuseries, The 12th Victim, challenges that notion and sets out to tell Fugate’s story in an attempt to clear her name decades after being convicted. But, before you watch the new series, there are some things to keep in mind…

    Based on Linda M. Battisti’s novel of the same name, The 12th Victim chronicles the Starkweather Spree Killings, breaking down each of the murders and the victims who had the misfortune of crossing paths with Charles Starkweather. Most of the first episode provides a day-by-day recounting of the case, which proves to be crucial later on in the series, when director Nicola Marsh begins to dissect the perception of Caril Ann Fugate. Even if you are familiar with the case, this quick history lesson provides a great deal of insight into the slew of killings that rocked a region.

    The main focus of The 12th Victim is to combat the narrative that Caril Ann Fugate was an accomplice, hence the name of the docuseries. Throughout the series, interviews with people who have known Fugate, now Caril Ann Clair, as well as archival footage from her arrest and murder trial help make a compelling case for her innocence. Though there are a lot of details presented, it never feels overwhelming.

    Over the years, the killings have been presented as loose adaptations or as the basis for movies like Terrence Mallick’s Badlands, Oliver Stone’s Natural Born Killers, and countless other films of lesser prominence. This aspect of the case is a major focus throughout The 12th Victim, and large sections of later episodes are spent breaking down why so many filmmakers decided to adapt the case over the years, what they got right, and what they got terribly wrong. But, this doesn’t stop with film adaptations, as the docuseries also dives into how the case has been presented in other forms of media over the years, most notably in the title track from Bruce Springsteen’s 1982 classic, Nebraska.

    Those with access to a Paramount+ subscription with the Showtime add-on (or just a Showtime account) can watch all four episodes of The 12th Victim right now, as the full docuseries became available to stream on Friday, February 17. The series is also being broadcast on Showtime at 8 p.m. each Friday night for the next four weeks.

    Each episode touches on a different aspect of Fugate’s story, and ranges anywhere from 45 minutes to an hour in length.

    The 12th Victim Review 2023 Tv Show Series Season Cast Crew Online