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Episode 187 – Harry MacLean (author of Starkweather)

Big decisions confront US Supreme Court, including the case of Anderson v Griswold; the 14th Amendment, Article Three case arising out of Denver, Colorado to disqualify Trump from the presidential primary ballot.

Craig’s Lawyers’ Lounge welcomes back attorney Ann accomplished author, Harry MacLean, who remembers meeting the host back in his Denver Chief Deputy DA days. Possible solutions to America’s violent crime epidemic are considered, including the banning of AR-15s. 

In Starkweather: The Untold Story of the Killing Spree that Changed America, the award-winning author of four bestselling true-crime books, revisits America’s mid-century crime spree that affected him so much as a native Nebraskan.

Charles Starkweather, 19, and Caril Fugate, 14, terrorized Lincoln, Nebraska and areas beyond in late January of 1958. Eleven innocents were slaughtered. If you like true crime, American history, and great writing, this book is for you can buy it on-line for Christmas.

Major newspaper critics are raving about Starkweather, with the Washington Post’s headline reading, “The killings that made mass murder an American obsession; Harry N. MacLean’s ‘Starkweather’ revisits a notorious midcentury crime and finally gives one woman the justice she deserves.” MacLean favorably compared to Capote and Mailer.

MacLean will have you loving his Cornhusker State despite the murder spree committed by two of their own. Or was it really one? Was Caril Fugate a hostage or a helper? The two made headlines as lovers, but was that true? Harry McClean reaches his conclusions.

The epilogue is startling, as the author reveals personal connections. Starkweather looked like James Dean, and Caril was a photogenic 14-year-old.  Host and guest discuss the media sensational Christmas 1996 murder of JonBenet, and also capital punishment’s utility.

Harry MacLean has a book signing upcoming at the Denver Tattered Cover at 2526 E. Colfax on January 7, 2024 at 4 p.m.. This podcast will get you ready. Attend and see if you agree Sam Elliott or Joaquin Phoenix should play the McClean part in any upcoming movie.

What’s it like to be a famous writer? Harry tells us the thrill of once seeing someone in Europe reading his classic, In Broad Daylight. Learn Harry’s writing discipline and the psychological toll this book took on a Nebraska native. McClean is a master storyteller.

We hear a recorded call with a Lauren Boebert staffer who wants to raise money on a recorded line. We talk about impeachment, and guns, and Congresswoman Boebert getting drunk and handsy at the Beetlejuice Show at Denver’s downtown theater. This gets fun.

Show Troubadour Dave Gunders contributes great conversation, and his Christmas classic song, When the Lion Lays Down. There is a message of peace that we need now more than ever. Children are our future. 

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