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“In Cold Blood” by Truman Capote was published in 1966 but was started by him in 1959. In the 1960’s Kansas was shaken up about four people in the Clutter family being murdered. This was such an irregular and shocking situation because this was unheard of in such a small and connected town. The community was a very tight knit one, everyone knew everyone and everyone looked out for one another. On the 15th of November in 1959 is when the Clutter family was found bounded and all four of them shot. The police were unsure as what to do, for the first six weeks they investigators had no leads on who was the killer. The first lead the investigators accumulated was a phone call from a ex convict who was named Floyd Wells. He was in jail for an armed robbery and had a cellmate Richard Hickock but they called him Dick. This was an interesting person to receive a call from since he had previously worked for the Clutter family on their farm. He told his stories to Dick to pass time in jail but his details of the stories included names of the family members and where the property was. Wells had put it together that there was a possibility of Dick going and killing the Clutter’s because he had all the information he needed. Capote did extensive research to see what and why the murderers executed the Clutter family. He researched prisoners extensively through interviews, describes the psychology of both Perry Smith and his partner in crime. Perry Smith had a very tragic and hard

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