Starkweather homicide, Children of Thalidomide

And we’ve hit the awkward part of this verse. Awkward to the point of no pictures and me struggling to apply humor.

I didn’t know who Charles Starkweather was until I looked him up on the internet about 10 years ago or so. I had seen “Natural Born Killers” in its theatrical release back in 1994. But, I didn’t make the Starkweather connection until years later. I can’t particularly remember what triggered me searching the name. And I haven’t seen any of the other movies based on Starkweather/Fugate. Not even True Romance on TNT or anything. This article seems to be a fairly decent overview of the saga.

Thalidomide is the product of the German drug company Chemie Grünenthal (now known exclusively as Grünenthal). It was originally introduced as a cure for morning sickness. Thalidomide has horrible affects on the normal human gestation process. The most well known is severely truncated limbs. I can remember seeing pictures of children affected by thalidomide in my grade-school textbooks. Only half of the 10,000 children known world-wide to be affected by thalidomide survived their childhood years.

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