Forty years ago, Truman Capote, author of such novels as “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”, set a new standard of interpretive and investigative journalism with his investigation into the brutal killings that changed the lives of the residents of Holcomb, Kansas. In 1965, The New Yorker published his work in a serial format under the title, “In Cold Blood”. Earlier this year, the Lawrence Journal-World created this fine online site in order to provide some perspective on these events and to afford readers the opportunity to respond to these events. Visitors to the site may wish to start by looking at a timeline offered here of the events, then learn about the various participants in these events. Additionally, visitors can read the full-text articles of the four-part series, including pieces that offer some insight into the characters in Capote’s work and the way in which he portrayed the various parties to these events. Finally, the site is rounded out by a collection of photos that include those of Capote in some of his trademark hats and the Finney County Courtroom where Perry Smith and Richard Hickock were convicted of the murder of the Clutter family.


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