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    Dolores Hope, seen here in the Garden City Telegram newsroom, was a newspaper writer for years and wrote about the Clutter family murders years later. She befriended author Truman Capote and his childhood friend, Nelle Harper Lee, author of "To Kill a Mockingbird," when they were researching Capote's "In Cold Blood." Hope has addressed the murders and their impact on the community in her column several times over the years. Photo by Kris Kolden

    The article on the Clutter family murders in the New York Times, 16 November 1959, by which Truman Capote first became aware of the crimes which would form the basis for his "non-fiction novel" "In Cold Blood".

    Alfred Stoecklein lived with his wife and three children in this tiny house less than 100 yards from the main house where the Herb Clutter family lived in Holcomb. Donna Mader, the farm's owner, says her husband, Leonard, doesn't want to demolish the handyman's house, she suspects, because of his respect for Herb Clutter, whom he knew well.

    Nancy Ewalt who, with another close friend of Nancy Clutter's, Susan Kidwell, discovered Nancy's body on the morning of Sunday, November 15, 1959. Both Nancy Ewalt and Susan Kidwell had anticipated being driven to church in Garden City by the Clutter family that morning.

    Kansas Bureau of Investigation agent Alvin Dewey Jr. didn't smile often during the stressful investigation of the Clutter family murders. He did, though, just after New Year's Day 1960, when he told journalists about the capture of the two killers, Perry Smith and Richard Hickock.

    The old Clutter family farmhouse as it is today. It remains a substantial home, now owned by Leonard and Donna Mader, and is enlivened by their family with children and grandchildren.

    March 24, 1960 - County Attorney Duane West carries from the courtroom evidence introduced in the trial of Richard Hickock and Perry Smith for the murder of four members of the Herbert Clutter family near Holcomb, November 15th.

    The graves of the four members of the Clutter family who were killed in November 1959 remain a consistent attraction for readers of "In Cold Blood." James Hahn, the longtime sexton of the Valley View Cemetery, says a few hundred people visit the grave site each year.

    The kitchen in the Clutter family home (c.1959)

    This picture ran in the Las Vegas Sun newspaper on January 10, 1966, and is entitled "Killer Collapses." It shows Richard Eugene Hickock moments after confessing to the vicious murder of the Herbert Clutter family at their farm house in Holcomb, Kansas., flanked by Kansas Bureau of Investigation agents Clarence Duntz and B. J. Handlon.

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