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In Cold Blood: A True Account of a Multiple Murder and Its Consequences by Truman Capote
In Cold Blood: A True Account of a Multiple Murder and Its Consequences

conner.barr, February 18, 2011

In Cold Blood tells the true story of the murders of the Clutter family that took place in 1959 in Holcomb, Kansas. The story begins a few days prior to the murders. Capote goes in great detail to describe the town of Holcomb and an in depth look at the lives of the Clutter family. The Clutter's were strong Christians. Herb Clutter, one of the most respected men in town, was a farm owner and a family man. Then there is Perry Smith and Dick Hickock, who Capote goes back to every other chapter. Both are outcasts in society and have spent numerous prison terms. They had a plot to rob the Clutters and leave no survivors. Although the crime happens early on in the story, Capote really focuses on the aftermath. The effect it had on the town of Kansas and what happened to the killers.
The Capote masterpiece depicts the psychology behind random murdering such as what happened to the Clutter family. This book will keep the reader turning the pages. The story runs all the way through the killers' stay on Death Row up until they are executed in 1965. This novel raised a lot of questions as to how the novel was written and how the author knew so much about the killers. Also, the focus on Perry over Dick is interesting. The movie Capote does a great job at answering these mysteries created by the book, In Cold Blood, and would be a good follow up after reading this book. In Cold Blood is an amazing in depth account of a very unfortunate event.
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