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Capote Classic 'In Cold Blood' Tainted by Long-Lost Files

by Kevin Helliker
New evidence undermines Truman Capote's claim that his best seller was an "immaculately factual" recounting of the bloody slaughter of the Clutter family in their Kansas farmhouse.
Omaha Public Library
Omaha Public Library • 46 weeks ago

Truman Capote, center, with Harper Lee and Alvin Dewey in 1966

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Pictures of the Clutter house and crime scene materials

Truman Capote in Front of Holcomb Kansas Post Office, 1967, by Steve Schapiro [by the time he was writing In Cold Blood???]

Truman Capote during the writing of In "Cold Blood"

* In Cold Blood - This nonfiction novel revolves around the murder of the Clutter family in 1959, and why the murderers, Perry and Dick, committed their crimes. Author Truman Capote leads us in without judgement, and in doing so lets us come up with our own conclusions about the penal system, justice, and the nature of violent crimes.

The Clutter Farm where the murders took place from "In Cold Blood"

NPR Transcript and broadcast "Hidden Museum Treasures: 'In Cold Blood'" Kansas Debates Role of Clutter Family Murders in History Exhibits November 14, 2003

The Clutters, a Kansas family whose murder in 1959 was made famous by Truman Capote's book "In Cold Blood"

Truman Capote, author of the best selling book "In Cold Blood," the story of the mass murder of a family of four in Kansas, is shown as he appeared before the Senate Judiciary subcommittee. Capote told the group that the crime never would have been solved without a confession.