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
Manhattan — A scholarship is being offered to honor one of the victims of a southwest Kansas killing that was chronicled in Truman Capote’s novel “In Cold Blood.”
The Herb Clutter Memorial Scholarship is named for the father of a family that was killed in 1959 at their Holcomb farmhouse.
Clutter was a farming leader who encouraged wheat research. Each year, $500 will be awarded to one incoming freshman from Kansas who is pursuing a career in agriculture.
The scholarship was created last year by the Kansas Wheat Research Foundation, which is administered by the Kansas Association of Wheat Growers.
Scholarship applications are due April 15.
See a special section about “In Cold Blood” and the Clutter family murders at LJWorld.com.