American Fire: Love, Arson, and Life in a Vanishing Land - Chapter 17— Chapter 20 Summary & Analysis

Monica Hesse
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Though Bonnie and Clyde were killers, they were also romanticized and all-American. There are many other pairs of American couples, in love, committing all sorts of crimes in sprees together. Psychologically, usually one of them is dominant over the other and draws the other in to the delusions which lead to the criminal activity. Rarely, the couple stay loyal to each other to the end. Most of the time, the partners turn on each other and confess once they are questioned separately and threatened with legal consequences.

Sheriff Todd Godwin is in charge of questioning Charlie, something he is nervous about. He is instructed to be gentle, and he is glad to start off the interview with Charlie by reminding him that they are both from Accomack and that they have known each other for two decades. Barnes joins too, and they begin...

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