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Ward 1956 Packard Patrician stolen by Charles Starkweather
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I've recently read a number of articles and books on the Starkweather homicide spree that took place in Nebraska and Wyoming in late 1957 and early 1958. In doing so, I noticed that the vehicle in which Starkweather was captured was a 1956 black Packard Patrician. Starkweather had stolen this Packard from a businessman, by the last name of Ward, in Lincoln, Nebraska, after the husband, wife, and maid were killed.

I've appended two photos of the Starkiweather Packard that I managed to find on the internet. Notice the shattered rear window that resulted from the Wyoming chase in which Starkweather was captured. The window was shattered by police gunfire. While Starkweather was not shot, he was hit by some of the flying glass from the shattered window, causing him to bleed, which is why he pulled over and surrendered. The left rear bumper also looks damaged. Whether that happened during the chase or when police towed the vehicle from the scene, I have not learned.

I was curious whether anyone knows what happened to that Packard. Was it repaired and continued on as someone's vehicle? Was it destroyed or junked by the family after it was released by the police? It would be something if that '56 Patrician was still extant and in whose ownership it is in now.

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Posted on: 2016/12/29 10:45
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Re: Ward 1956 Packard Patrician stolen by Charles Starkweather
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I recently saw the movie of this event and they used a Cadillac. Not even the correct year. I think it was white.

Posted on: 2016/12/29 12:29
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Re: Ward 1956 Packard Patrician stolen by Charles Starkweather
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Nice if there were some drivers side views. From what is visible on the end shot there doesn't appear to be much side damage to have the bumper end twisted around. Wonder how or what happened to catch and damage it like that.

Posted on: 2016/12/29 13:04
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Re: Ward 1956 Packard Patrician stolen by Charles Starkweather
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I recently watched "A Crime to Remember" on Investigation Discovery on the Starkweather homicide and they used a 1956 Studebaker instead of a Packard. Very disappointed.

Posted on: 2016/12/29 14:14
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Re: Ward 1956 Packard Patrician stolen by Charles Starkweather
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The Packard was owned by C. Lauer Ward of Lincoln, Nebraska. I haven't seen any side shots of that Packard.

Posted on: 2016/12/29 14:20
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Re: Ward 1956 Packard Patrician stolen by Charles Starkweather
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This production used a 1955 Patrician. Go to the end to see it. This production was done in North Texas. I could have had them use my 1955 Patrician. I did not want my car painted black.
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=qkCyzL8m9oE

Posted on: 2016/12/29 19:26
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Re: Ward 1956 Packard Patrician stolen by Charles Starkweather
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I don't know how to source it, but Old Cars Weekly did a feature on that exact car in the late 70s/ early 80s and the car still existed at that time. It had been nearly new and only slightly damaged in the adventure, and was repaired with the exception of Starkweather's blood spots on the headliner which they had learned to overlook.

Don't know if it still exists today.

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