For almost 40 years, the first words of Truman Capote's "In Cold Blood" have been most people's introduction to a town that seems wholly unremarkable on the surface. It seems an ordinary town for western Kansas-except for what's down a little dirt lane on the southwest edge of town. A day shy of 45 years ago, two released convicts made their way here and changed the town irrevocably
Holcomb — A location has been picked for a memorial to honor the family of four whose 1959 killing in rural southwest Kansas was chronicled in Truman Capote’s novel “In Cold Blood.”
The Holcomb City Council agreed Wednesday that the memorial should be located at Holcomb Community Park. But there was disagreement during the meeting about where in the park it should be built.
The victims of the killing were Herb Clutter; his wife, Bonnie; and their children, 15-year-old Kenyon and 16-year-old Nancy. They were shot to death at their Holcomb farmhouse.
The memorial dedication is planned for Sept. 12, ahead of the 50th anniversary of the killings in November.