Caril Ann Fugate, girlfriend of mass murderer Charles Starkweather.

‘Pro Bono’ author to speak in Lincoln

Meet Jeff McArthur, the author of “Pro Bono: The 18-year defense of Caril Ann Fugate,” during a 3 p.m. Sunday event in the Heritage Room of Nebraska Authors at the Bennett Martin Public Library in Lincoln.

Fugate is part of one of the most infamous cases in American history, the 1950s killing spree she went on with her boyfriend, Charles Starkweather.

McArthur grew up in Lincoln, went to film school at New York University, and then moved to Los Angeles to work in the movie industry. Fifteen years later, he returned to his roots to write a book about his grandfather, a lawyer who represented Fugate. Copies of his book will be available for purchase.

Homesteader films featured at monument

See “Sweetland” at Homestead National Monument of America’s Education Center at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. This is the first film in the 2013 “Year of the Homesteader” Film Festival series.

Set in the 1920s, “Sweetland” tells the story of a young German woman who travels to rural Minnesota to meet the man promised to be her husband.

All films in this year’s festival feature stories of homesteading families. There is no cost or ticket needed to attend.

The remaining films, all at 2 p.m., are:

» “The Plow That Broke the Plains,” Jan. 19-20.

» “Days of Heaven,” Jan. 26-27.

» “Solomon Butcher: Frontier Photographer,” Feb. 2-3.

» “Sun River Homestead,” Feb. 9-10.

» “Keepers of the Land,” Feb. 16-17.

» “A Pioneer Family in Alaska,” Feb. 23-24.

Homestead National Monument is near Beatrice, Neb.

Compiled by Sue Story Truax

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