What to Take from In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
This movie received four Academy Award nominations in 1968, including one for an original music score by jazz/pop-legend Quincy Jones. Later, more movies were made on the same theme. A TV mini production on the same theme was aired in 1996.Reading about the murders in The New York Times, Truman Capote, a high-flying reporter wanted to investigate on his own and went to Halcomb in rural Kansas, the scene of the crime with a childhood friend and co-author, Harper Lee. After months of researching and talking to detectives and the local villagers, Capote came out with his book. The book was published in 1965 and made history in the literary and journalistic world.In 1959, Herbert Clutter, his wife, Bonnie, daughter Nancy (aged 16), and son, Kenyon (aged 15) were brutally murdered by the assailants, Richard "Dick" Hickock and Perry Edward Smith. Herbert Clutter’s throat was slit and he was shot in the head. This was followed by the murders of the other two children and the wife. Though it is not very clear, it is thought that the murders were in the following order: first Kenyon, then Nancy, and then Bonnie was murdered, each by single shotgun blasts to the head. The motive behind the murder seems to have been misinformation about cash reserves in the Clutter households. Herbert Clutter was a successful farmer and community leader, a man known for his fairness, his loyalty to his invalid wife, and his aversion to dealing in cash.Herbert Clutter was a dedicated Methodist and a widely respected self-made man who had established a successful farm from modest beginnings. Herbert Clutter, his invalid wife, Bonnie, and their four children: three girls and a boy were very popular and widely respected by everyone in the village. The two eldest children, Evanna and Beverly, had moved out of their parent’s home and started their adult lives. The younger two, Nancy (aged 16) and Kenyon (aged 15) were in school and lived with the parents.