In Nebraska, a woman who spent most of her life in jail for her part in a bloody spree of murder that left 10 people dead, was granted parole on Tuesday (8 June).
SV Library film (1958) or Caril Fugate, seated in police car. (2 shots)
SC Library film murderer Charles Starkweather taken into police station
SV Library film Caril Fugate escorted into police station
SV Caril Fugate walking from prison reformatory with escort
SV Caril Fugate entering Parole Board hearing room, and sits before Parole Board Members. (3 shots)
SV Caril Fugate speaking.
CU Caril Fugate with Parole Board member speaking.
SV Parole officer hands Caril Fugate release papers. She leaves room and walks through compound. With Fugate's voice over shot.
JACKSON: Caril Fugate was 14 when she was arrested, charged with murder in the killing of 10 people. She had travelled in Nebraska and Wyoming with her boyfriend, Charles Starkweather who was 19. He died in the electric chair. Because she was so young, Caril Fugate was not executed but was sent to prison for life. Caril, on the right, has been at the womens' reformatory longer than anyone else - prisoners or staff. In 18 years she has never been reported for breaking prison rules. She is 32 now, professes to be a reformed Christian, has worked for several years in an old people's home and is a bible school teacher. She told the Parole Board today, she has served her time for the crime she was accused of. All she wants now is to live quietly, to get married and have a family.
FUGATE: "Dust the house, clean toilets...you know - just be an ordinary dumpy housewife. That's all I want".
PAROLE BOARD: "By a majority vote, you are to be paroled to the formal aid programme".
REPORTER: To help Caril lead a more normal life, the Board granted her request that she be prohibited from giving interviews to the press. Caril Fugate will be released on June 20th. She will move to Michegan, where she will be guarantied a job. She will take a new name.
FUGATE: "I feel sorry for the people who for 18 years have hated me for that. And it has destroyed their lives. Its destroyed their lives and its made their lives more of a prison than mine has been".
REPORTER: "For Caril Fugate, a chance to start over, after spending more than half her life in prison. Mike Jackson, NBC News, York, Nebraska".
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Background: In Nebraska, a woman who spent most of her life in jail for her part in a bloody spree of murder that left 10 people dead, was granted parole on Tuesday (8 June). Caril Ann Fugate was a school girl when she, and Charles Starkweather committed their crimes. He was executed. She was sentenced to life imprisonment - because of her age. Michael Jackson reports.