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In Cold Blood’ prosecutor authors Wild West musical

July 23, 2010


In Cold Blood: A Legacy

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

— Fifty years after prosecuting one of the biggest murder trials in Kansas history, Duane West has penned a musical he hopes will someday play on Broadway.

West has titled the musical "Dream Your Dreams: The Buffalo Jones Story." The two-act show contains an overture and two dozen original songs.

It tells the story of Charles Jesse Jones, who is credited with helping to save the buffalo from extinction.

West was the chief Finney County prosecutor of the two men who killed four members of the Clutter family in 1959 during a botched robbery at their rural southwest Kansas farmhouse.

The killings were chronicled in Truman Capote's book, "In Cold Blood."

West hopes to premiere his musical this fall as a benefit for the United Way in Garden City in the fall.


billbodiggens 7 years, 9 months ago

“Buffalo” Jones first spent a goodly portion of his life killing the buffalo to near extinction for the railroad. I’m not certain just how much of a hero can be made of this guy whose life history may suggest that he did little or nothing that did not directly and greatly benefit his own selfish interest. Huge segments of indigenous population watched while he literally killed a way of life.

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