In Cold Blood

Cold Blood’ focus of state program
February 3, 2008
Roy Bird thinks all Kansans should read “In Cold Blood.” It is, after all, one of the most famous books set in the Sunflower State.
Owners put Clutter House on the market
August 30, 2006
The site of the infamous Clutter family murders near Garden City is up for sale.
Blood’ work
Capote’ director searches for deeper truth to story chronicling the state’s most infamous murders
November 11, 2005
Truman Capote often bragged that while investigating the events that inspired the true crime novel “In Cold Blood,” he possessed a “94 percent recall of all conversation.”
Hollywood bypasses Kansas on dual Capote projects
April 9, 2005
Whether it involves mammoth meteors hitting the earth or underwater animated tales, Hollywood studios often come up with the same ideas at the same time. This year’s coincidental project involves writer Truman Capote. Two large-scale productions are under way that focus on Capote’s research in small-town Kansas for his signature work, “In Cold Blood.”
In the end, just a home
A house with a history of murder finds new life
April 6, 2005
Space is one of the things Donna Mader likes best about her house. So much in fact, that when she moved there in 1990, she hardly knew how to fill it all. Having been cramped with six children into a smaller place on the main highway for years, Donna simply didn’t have enough stuff.
Death penalty: Kansans continue to debate capital punishment decades later
April 6, 2005
In the days when the West was being won, frontier justice often was meted with a rope at the nearest tree, eliminating the complexities of judge and jury.
Beyond the fame: Holcomb has changed much from the time Capote wrote his book
April 6, 2005
In the opening paragraphs of “In Cold Blood,” Truman Capote wrote: “Until one morning in mid-November of 1959, few Americans — in fact, few Kansans — had ever heard of Holcomb.”
Composite character becomes hero
A KBI agent’s story
April 5, 2005
One of the most seasoned and decorated lawmen in Kansas history, Alvin Dewey Jr. was forever immortalized in Truman Capote’s “In Cold Blood.”
Garden City officer forgotten in Capote’s book
April 5, 2005
Even today, it’s hard to find a man more respected here than Rich Rohleder, Garden City’s assistant police chief in 1959.
An outspoken critic
Former prosecutor says Capote misrepresented him
April 5, 2005
Beyond his solid 6-foot-4 frame, Duane West is a looming figure in Garden City.
Technology might have helped solve crime faster
April 5, 2005
It’s late afternoon and Finney County Sheriff Kevin Bascue guides his red Dodge Intrepid along a newly paved street. It’s been nearly 45 years since law enforcement agents descended on the Clutter family farm here on a chilly Sunday morning with a quadruple homicide on their hands.
Witness to execution
Prison director Charles McAtee recalls killers
April 5, 2005
Charles McAtee’s phone rang about 2 p.m.
Sisters, family: Surviving Clutter daughters hope to preserve their parents’ legacy
April 4, 2005
The scrapbooks and stories tell the family’s true history. Within three thick red binders are children’s photos, graduation announcements, tidbits of diaries, correspondence through the years and mementos of Herb and Bonnie Clutter’s family. Then there are the stories Beverly English, 65, has written about each of her parents — stories describing everything from what kind of music they enjoyed to how Bonnie would kill and pluck a chicken for dinner.
Brother, friends object to portrayal of Bonnie Clutter by Capote
April 4, 2005
It was his sister who they wrote about, don’t people understand that? It wasn’t some anonymous woman in an anonymous town who died an anonymous death. It was Howard Fox’s sister, Bonnie, older by three years, who loved playing with dolls as a child and studied nursing in college and became the most devoted mother he knew. It was his sister who was murdered at age 45 and then became a character in a nonfiction sensation.
Left behind: Man lives painful life in shadow of brother’s crime
April 4, 2005
What people notice about 67-year-old Walter Hickock isn’t his comfortable drawl, his arthritis-pained hands or the reflective way he sometimes seems to withdraw. People remark about Walter’s last name because they’ve heard about his brother, Dick, a notorious murderer.