In Cold Blood
A True Account of A Multiple Murder and Its ConsequencesBook - 2002
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 clues.
Five years, four months and twenty-nine days later, on April 14, 1965, Richard Eugene Hickock, aged thirty-three, and Perry Edward Smith, aged thirty-six, were hanged from the crime on a gallows in a warehouse in the Kansas State Penitentiary in Lansing, Kansa.
In Cold Blood is the story of the lives and deaths of these six people. It has already been hailed as a masterpiece.
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Truman Capote and this transcendent true crime story are known for changing the face of journalism through the advancement of what fellow author Tom Wolf coined as "New Journalism" and what Capote himself called the "nonfiction novel". In Cold Blood uses a type of first person... Read More »
The Creep & The Professor
"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...In Cold Blood is a work that transcends its moment, yielding poignant insights into the nature of American viol... Read More »
LPL_KimberlyL Nov 07, 2015
If you like In Cold Blood by Truman Capote, then read...
2008 Kansas Reads selection. This is a true crime book that reads like good fiction. The audiobook is artfully read by Scott Brick.
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The year is 1959. It's a quiet night in Holcomb, Kansas. November the fifteenth to be exact. The Clutter family is just finishing up watching the evening news, and getting ready to go up to bed. They have a long day tomorrow: tending to the farm, going to school, or cleaning their large house. But, unfortunately, they would not even make it to the next day. In fact, they would only live for another few hours, all snuggled up in their beds.
A little past midnight, they would be brutally murdered by blasts from a shotgun held only a few inches from their faces. When the detectives arrive to survey the scene, little motive can be found. Only between forty and fifty dollars are missing, and few significant connections can be made between the possible suspects and the Clutter family.
They were the most popular and most highly-regarded family in their town. So what did they do to give someone a reason to murder them...
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"The village of Holcomb stands on the high wheat plains of western Kansas, a lonesome area that other Kansans call "out there." "
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