In these times of the Paris Fashion Week, we were looking in photobooks for stories of pretty girls running their hands through their hair. No luck. Let’s take advantage of the opportunity to make amends for an oversight, a masterpiece ignored by the Journal de la Photographie. October 2011 saw the release of Christian Patterson’s Redheaded Peckerwood, with a preface by Luc Sante. In this essay, Patterson retraces the bloody tale of Charles Starkweather, 19, and Caril Ann Fugate, 14, who at the end of the 1950s killed a dozen people they encountered, including Fugate’s family, on their journey from Nebraska to Wyoming, where they were captured.
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