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Discover the Story of Lucien Carr, a Murder, and the Beats

Lucien Carr was a friend of Jack Kerouac’s, Allen Ginsberg’s, and William S. Burroughs’s.

Jack Kerouac and Lucien Carr
Jack Kerouac (left) and Lucien Carr

Today we know the latter three men as the Beat writers and poets. We don’t often know about Carr.

But it Lucien Carr supplied Kerouac with the paper on which the latter wrote his famed novel, On the Road. And about Carr’s role in the group, Ginsberg said, “Lou was the glue.”

Before Ginsberg, Kerouac, and Burroughs became famous writers, they were friends with Carr in New York City. It was 1943-1944.

And there was another guy in the mix. His name was David Kammerer.

Kammerer knew Carr and Burroughs from when all three lived in St. Louis, Mo., where they were raised. And Kammerer was in New York because of Carr.

Kammerer was, all available evidence indicates, obsessed with Carr, who was 14 years younger than Kammerer.

Before landing in New York, Carr bounced between colleges. And Kammerer moved to wherever Carr went.

Maybe Carr invited him. We don’t know for sure. But Carr and the other Beats said this wasn’t the case.

And on the night of Aug. 13, 1944, Kammerer’s obsession with Lucien Carr came to a violent end.

I wrote about what happened, including Kerouac’s and Burrough’s involvement, on Bidwell Hollow.

Read Lucien Carr: Murder and the Beats in New York City