January 28, 1958
Monday, January 27, 1958, closed with Charlie Starkweather having murdered three people: August Meyer, the farmer, and Bobby Jensen and Carol King, the two teenagers from Bennet who stopped to pick Charlie and Caril up. After killing them, Charlie drove back to Lincoln, parked a few blocks from the house of a prominent, wealthy family and slept. At 8 a.m., Charlie and Caril entered the house of Lauer and Clara Ward, and before the sunset Charlie had stabbed both Clara and a maid to death and shot Lauer Ward in the head when he came home from work. While this is going on, the police have found the bodies of the farmer and the two teenagers, and within hours the city, the entire state, is in a state of terrified shock. Charlie is everywhere, but nowhere. No one has ever seen him, but he keeps killing people. The cops are worse than useless. The National Guard is called out to patrol the city.