Summary Of Truman Capote's In Cold Blood

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In Cold Blood written by Truman Capote. 2001 New York, New York. Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, ISBN: 9781588361653.


Truman Capote, an American author, wrote his novel In Cold Blood as a non-fiction novel. He published it in 1966; it tells of the gruesome 1959 murders of four members of the Herbert Clutter family from Holcomb, KS. The Clutter Family were considered wealthy and prominent in their community. They were found bound, gagged and shot in the head in their home on a Sunday morning. A convicted inmate named Floyd Wells came forward and tells the Kansas Bureau of Investigation that he knew it was Perry Smith and Richard Hickock that planned the robbery and the murders. He also had been Hickocks cellmate as well, as
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Truman made the chief case investigator Alvin Dewey the hero. West goes on to say “If a writer can’t get the hero right, he shouldn’t bother to write the book.” So instead the assistant police chief, Richard Rohleder should have been the hero for without Rohleder’s pictures they had no proof that Smith and Hickock had actually been in that house to murder the Clutters. His photos showed the footprints that were matched to Smith and Hickocks.

Wenzl, Roy. (2016) “Harper Lee Driving Force behind Capote’s In Cold Blood” Washington Times, article
Duane West felt Lee should be deeply appreciated. He talks about the town of Holcomb, Kansas and how popular it became because of the murders, and all the attention it was getting. He credits Harper Lee for turning the townspeople around when they found Truman Capote, shocking and with odd manners and with his highly pitched voice to much to take. Those people who he was trying to interview instantly turned away and instantly rejected him. So Harper got the town to invite him into their homes and found him witty, likeable, and larger than life. So without her they would not had gave him a chance.

III. It’s more journalism than creative writing. (The beginning of New
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