Executing Charles Starkweather

  title={Executing Charles Starkweather},
  author={Daniel LaChance},
  journal={Punishment \& Society},
  pages={337 - 358}
In the 1950s, the use and popularity of the death penalty declined as penal welfarism pervaded political and academic approaches to crime control. Analysis of responses to the 1958 crimes and 1959 execution of teenage serial killer Charles Starkweather reveals, however, that the integrity of penal welfarism was badly shaken by a conflict between the political and intellectual commitments required for its maintenance. As a result, Starkweather's crime and the responses it elicited called into… 
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