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DOC ✓ READER In Cold Blood ✓ ó TRUMAN CAPOTE ó On November 15 1959 in the small town of Holcomb Kansas four members of the Clutter family were savagely murdered by blasts from a shotgun held a few inches from their faces There was no apparent motive for the crime and there were almost no cluesAs Truman CaS no apparent motive for the crime and there were almost no cluesAs Truman Capote reconstructs the murder and the investigation that led to the capture trial and execution of the kil In Cold Blood is the new school classics selection in the group catching up on classics for November 2016 Having read Truman Capote's Breakfast at Tiffany's recently and enjoying his writing I could not wait to read this nonfiction thriller in advance of the upcoming group read Writing in his relaxing southern style Capote turns a horrid crime into a story to make the how's and whys accessible to the average American It is in this regard that I rate this thrilling classic five stars On November 15 1959 Richard Dick Hickock and Perry Smith on a tip from another inmate brutally murdered four members of the Clutter family of Holcomb Kansas Having heard that the Clutters possessed either a safe or 10000 cash in their home Smith and Hickock desired this wealth for themselves so that they could live out their days in a Mexican beach resort To their surprise and chagrin the Clutters did not have neither the safe nor the cash but Hickock had said to leave no witnesses Crime committed the pair escaped to a life of continued crimes and violence and believing that authorities would never catch up with them And in the beginning it appeared that this ill advised lifestyle might actually work Due to the relentless work of the Kansas Bureau of Investigations KBI lead by Alvin Dewey Hickock and Smith were eventually brought to justice and ultimately given the death penalty Capote weaves a tale by giving us the backstory of both felons as well as a picture of Holcomb and nearby Garden City Kansas as an idyllic place to raise a family The crime changed everything Families kept their doors locked and did not allow their children to venture far from home In the surrounding areas people viewed their lives as a before and after Inevitably the Clutter case lead to less community interaction and a beginning of a breakdown of society Yet by providing the backstories of the felons Capote allows the the readers to emphasize with their place in society Dick Hickock was on his way to finishing at the top of his class with a possible athletic scholarship and a degree in engineering His family could not afford a university education even with the scholarship so Hickock went to work An automobile accident left him partially brain damaged as his parents maintained that he was not the same person since and this one incident lead to his adult life of crime Smith on the other hand lead a bleak childhood to the point where readers would feel sorry for him Coming from a fractured family and only a third grade education Smith suffered from a superiority complex his entire life His role in the Clutter murders was the consummation of a lifetime of rejection The felons came from diametrically opposed upbringings and yet I was left feeling remorse for both Capote pieced together the crime to the point where I felt that I knew the people of Holcomb as well as the principal players in the crime intimately This work lead to a new genre that brings together nonfiction and fiction in a way that history feels like a story Both Capote and his research assistant Harper Lee ended up as award winning authors Their fictional writing skills allowed for the personalization of this tale and ultimately help change the way many write nonfiction Truman Capote is one of 20th America's master storytellers and In Cold Blood is by many considered his opus His research was detail oriented and allowed him to bring the story of the Clutter murders to the average American home After completing this five star work painting the picture of the how's and whys of murder I look forward to reading of his charming Southern stories

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Lers he generates both mesmerizing suspense and astonishing empathy In Cold Blood is a work that transcends its moment yielding poignant insights into the nature of American violence At the beginning In Cold Blood reads like a classic southern gothic tale I've read about Harper Lee hanging out with Capote while he put this thing together and at times it feels like she greatly influenced how it was written You meet the Clutters who are just the nicest people in the world out working hard and going to school and being awesome people in the town And I know there's all this controversy over how the book is written since it adds fictional conversations and thoughts that Capote obviously couldn't have known but everything is rooted in the nonfiction account of what happened and I think it adds a deeper layer of connection to the family I read Helter Skelter in high school and I remember that book starting out right from the gate with all the details of the murders before diving into the Manson family and the trial In Cold Blood works in reverse and saves the details for later and my God when I got there I didn't even want to read about what happened It was all so senseless and random I had a hard time finishing the book after that I just wanted it to be over Often beautifully and brilliantly written sometimes tedious to get through sometimes way too meticulous with details sometimes spending a couple of pages discussing cats or a building or something this book is a classic in the true crime genre I haven't read a lot of true crime in my reading life but I've read enough to know that this deserves a spot at the top of the list Capote does an excellent job laying out the story and gives the family the murderers and the cops an overwhelming amount of description and development I knew about the killers than I ever wanted to know and I want things to go a different direction even though I knew they wouldn't Now I have to watch the movie then Capote then Infamous This is a story that will be stuck in my head for a while It's a harsh reminder of the evil that exists in the world and how fragile our existence on this planet really is It's also a very detailed account of the senseless murder of most of a family but I took away a lot of other stuff from its pages too Read it

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In Cold BloodOn November 15 1959 in the small town of Holcomb Kansas four members of the Clutter family were savagely murdered by blasts from a shotgun held a few inches from their faces There wa How much money did you get from the Clutters?Between forty and fifty dollars Top Picture Hickock Richard Eugene WM28 KBI 97 093; FBI 859 273 A Address Edgerton Kansas Birthdate 6 6 31 Birthplace KC Kans Height 5 10 Weight 175 Hair Blond Eyes Blue Build Stout Comp Ruddy Occup Car Painter Crime Cheat Defr Bad Checks Paroled 8 13 59 By So KCKBottom Picture Smith Perry Edward WM 27 59 Birthplace Nevada Height 5 4 Weight 156 Hair D Brn Crime BE Arrested blank By blank Disposition Sent KSP 3 13 56 from Phillips Co 5 10yrs Rec 3 14 56 Paroled 7 6 59As I write this review I'm sitting about 60 miles from the Clutter house in Holcomb Kansas Holcomb is a small farming community located just west of Garden City This is a place where everyone in the whole county not only knows your name but also has a working knowledge of your family history going back fifty plus years I usually avoid reading true crime books I don't want my head filled with tragedy I want to go about my life with a degree of caution but not be ruled by the fear I feel such books will instill I picked up a copy of this book at the Dodge City Library The librarian at the check out desk a woman about mid sixties slender elegant and still attractive ran her finger along the edge of the spine I noticed a shiver had rolled up her back and rippled her shoulders She looked up at me with pinched blue eyes and said in a whisper I remember when this happened She watched her father put locks on the doors for the first time The murders became a demarcation line in her life there was life before the Clutter murders and then there was life after the Clutter murders Her response surprised me We live in a time when any crime anywhere in the country is broadcast out to the nation and something tragic that happens in Illinois or in Virginia or Alaska impacts our lives I would have thought over time some of the significance of the Clutter murder would have been buried under the avalanche of murder and mayhem that the news cycle brings us 247 For this community and for all the small communities dotting the map of Kansas and even in the surrounding states this was something that wasn't supposed to happen in a small town This was big city crime that happened in their own backyard As I talked to people about the Clutter murders most everybody had some kind of physical reaction They flinched as if they were dodging a blow or took a step back from me or developed a twitch along their jawline Their eyes gazed through me or beyond me as the fears and anxieties of 1959 came flooding back into their mind Most of them attributed deaths to the crime each of them citing six deaths rather than four I'm sure they remembered that there was six family members but two older girls had already left the home to start their own lives They were not present on that fateful night when their family was murdered In Cold Blood was reuired reading in many schools in this region clear up until about the 1970s so even people who were too young to remember the crime have experienced the tragedy through Truman Capote In the description above regarding Perry Edward Smith there is a reference to Phillips County This has special significance for me because I was born and raised in Phillips County The family farm is located in Phillips County My Father and I graduated from Phillipsburg High School My Dad was a sopho in high school in 1955 when Perry Smith decided to burglarize the Chandler Sales Company in Phillipsburg Kansas and this seemingly insignificant act was really the beginning of this story Smith and his accomplice also Smith stole typewriters adding machines etc and left town with their ill gotten goods in the backseat of the car Later they ignored a traffic signal in St Joseph Missouri and were pulled