Clutter family memorial dedicated

? Nearly 200 people came to the rural southwest Kansas town of Holcomb to pay tribute to the family of four whose 1959 killing was chronicled in Truman Capote’s novel “In Cold Blood.”

But it was the family’s accomplishments, not the novel, that was the focus of the memorial and ceremony Saturday at the Holcomb Community Park.

Their leadership in agriculture, ranging from the local 4-H organization to national farm groups, was memorialized in stone and the memories of those who knew them.

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.