Lack Of Ethics In Truman Capote's In Cold Blood

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Capote used qualitative research methods to write one of the greatest American books called In Cold Blood. The movie shows how Capote obtained information from people who were connected to the murder of a family in a rural setting to write this award winning book. Post at least two salient points regarding the ethics (or lack or ethics) that you gleaned about obtaining the information for the book from the movie in your discussion post. I identified the salient points regarding a lack of ethics.
In the movie, Truman obtained a proper lawyer for two killers as they were misled by counsel in their initial trial and waved their rights so they could “create favor with the judge.” Truman used this to gain favor with the killers to work on his article
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Truman stated to others that Perry trusted him and turned over his personal books (journals) to help him write the story. Truman read from those books to others, not respecting any privacy and shared, for example, that Perry wanted to be held in higher esteem and be taken seriously if he ever had to give a speech. Truman said Perry was a gold mine and when he thought about how good his book could be, he could hardly breathe, taking advantage of vulnerable populations. I felt Truman was somewhat honest in the beginning, wanting to portray their story, but when the story transitioned and he knew it was going to be the biggest story of his life, motives changed. Deceit and exploitation came into play. Truman continued to lead Perry on, leading Perry to believe he had no title of the book yet and wasn’t truthful about the progress of the book. Truman lied to Perry when Perry confronted him with his preliminary reading review (printed in newspaper) with the book already titled “in Cold Blood.” Truman told Perry “they” picked it for him and how could he pick a title without knowing the whole story, not knowing the ending. Truman continued to deceive Perry as Truman was missing that one piece, the final piece, for the ending of his…show more content…
Respect for Human Dignity? Justice? and The Right to Privacy? The Belmont Report (1979) speaks to basic ethical principles. In addressing beneficence, Perry was not respected for his decisions and protected from harm and, with multiple stays of execution, Truman was not making further effort to secure his well-being. In addressing respect for human dignity, the Belmont Report (1979) incorporates two ethical convictions: first, “individuals should be treated as autonomous agents, and second, that persons with diminished autonomy are entitled to protection.” (p. 5). Perry was a vulnerable population, incarcerated, and stripped of any autonomy. In addressing justice, an injustice occurred as there was no benefit to Perry in the “sense of ‘fairness in distribution” or “what is deserved’” (Belmont Report, 1979, p. 7). The right to privacy described in Polit and Beck (2017) addresses research with humans and that it involves personal intrusion. Truman did not ensure his research was not more intrusive than it needed to be and did not maintain Perry’s
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