Nancy Ewalt was one of two close friends who discovered Nancy Clutter's body Sunday morning, Nov. 15, 1959.
The final page in the 1960 Holcomb High School yearbook was a memorial to the slain Clutter family.
Nancy Clutter's photo in the 1960 Holcomb High School yearbook.
Bobby Rupp, Nancy Clutter's boyfriend when she was killed in 1959, finished the school year at nearby Garden City High School. He returned to Holcomb.
Authors, from left, Norman Mailer and Truman Capote socialized in New York despite sometimes being critical of each other. Mailer described Capote as "the most perfect writer of my generation."
Kansas Bureau of Investigation agent Alvin Dewey Jr. didn't smile often during the stressful investigation of the Clutter family murders. He did, though, just after New Year's Day 1960, when he told journalists about the capture of the two killers, Perry Smith and Richard Hickock.
Prison guards accompany Perry Smith, at left in suit coat, and Richard Hickock, right, as they head to the federal courthouse in Topeka to make their last appeal.
Kenyon Clutter's photo in Holcomb High School's 1960 yearbook.
The Tyson meatpacking plant is a major contributor to Finney County's economy and has had a dramatic effect on the demographic makeup of the area.
Retired local radio broadcaster Tony Jewell was the first journalist on the scene the day the bodies of Herb, Bonnie, Kenyon and Nancy Clutter were discovered in November, 1959. Jewell broke the news to the area, and he credits those reports for instituting regular newscasts to local station KIUL's daily schedule.
Metal icons of longhorn cattle graze around the town's sign just north of Holcomb, Kan.
A faint red-orange stain on the wall of the basement of the former Clutter farmhouse is supposedly a blood stain, though owner Donna Mader says it's never been proven.
Holcomb's impressive school system, including this middle school, attracts many families to the area. A nearby Tyson's meatpacking plant has boosted population and the area's tax base.
Three strands of rope that were discovered buried several miles from Garden City along with four spent shotgun shells are on display at the Finney County Sheriff's office. The rope was from the same roll that was used to bind the four members of the Clutter family.
Former Garden City bowling alley owner Ray Shearmire served on the jury that deliberated for an hour and 40 minutes to convict Richard Hickock and Perry Smith and sentence them to death in 1960. The case lingers in his mind even after 45 years.
Herb Clutter's office on the west side of the house now houses a collection of miniature homes during the holidays. Donna Mader is an avid collector and has set the homes up all through the house.
The Mader's living room has been restored to its appearance in 1959 by removing paneling and carpet. The door on the far wall leads to Herb Clutter's former office.
Because of so many visitors, the lane to the former Clutter house, between rows of Chinese elms, is posted with No Trespassing signs. Donna and Leonard Mader say they sometimes see 20 cars a month come slowly cruising into the lane, stop near the house, and just as quietly back away.
Donna Mader remembers and finds a picture of the year when the lane leading to her farmhouse was nearly buried by heavy snows.
Donna Mader loves showing off the custom-built kitchen, complete with a counter through which food could be passed to a breakfast nook, in her home.
Donna Mader pauses in Kenyon Clutter's former bedroom - the largest bedroom in the house - while giving a tour.
Herb Clutter's former bedroom is on the ground floor of the 14-room house he built in 1948 at a cost of $40,000.
Alfred Stoecklein lived with his wife and three children in this tiny house less than 100 yards from the main house where the Herb Clutter family lived in Holcomb. Donna Mader, the farm's owner, says her husband, Leonard, doesn't want to demolish the handyman's house, she suspects, because of his respect for Herb Clutter, whom he knew well.
Author Truman Capote wears a hat given to him by Skipper Williams of Lawrence in this 1966 photo. Capote loved to dress outrageously and adopted a lot of Western wear when he spent time in Kansas doing research for his book "In Cold Blood."
The home of Herb Clutter's former groundskeeper still stands on the property, surrounded by a Quonset hut and tractor sheds. The building is dilapidated, but the Leonard and Donna Mader leave it standing, preferring to keep the property true to the way it was in 1959.
The graves of the four members of the Clutter family who were killed in November 1959 remain a consistent attraction for readers of "In Cold Blood." James Hahn, the longtime sexton of the Valley View Cemetery, says a few hundred people visit the grave site each year.
The Brookover Feed Yards, within sight of Holcomb, is part of a vast new industry that has increased Finney County's population significantly.
The stained-glass window at the First United Methodist Church in Garden City stands as an unmarked memorial, posthumously dedicated to the memory of the Clutters, who were active members of the church. Herb and Bonnie Clutter were instrumental in raising funds for the construction of the current building.
Lawrence High's Megan Johnson, left, battles Shawnee Mission West's
Emily Burks for possession in the first half. The Lions lost to the
Vikings, 6-0, Friday night at the Youth Sports Inc. fields.
Kansas coach Dr. Forrest "Phog" Allen gives his final instructions
to his team before playing -- and winning -- the 1952 NCAA men's
basketball championship game in Seattle. KU defeated St. John's,
80-63, for the title. Future North Carolina coach Dean Smith
(facing camera) was a junior at Kansas.
Kansas University signee Mario Chalmers (15) drives past Eric
Devendorf with the help of a screen during the McDonald's
All-American game. Chalmers scored a team-high 20 points in the
game Wednesday in South Bend, Ind., and won the three-point
shooting contest Monday night.
Detroit coach Larry Brown motions from the sideline. Brown returned
to the bench Friday night in Auburn Hills, Mich., after a 10-day
absence following a procedue related to his hip surgery.
Iraqis listen during the Friday prayer gathering at the Um al-Qura
mosque in Baghdad, Iraq. Ahmed Abdul Ghafour al-Samarrai, a cleric
in the influential Association of Muslim Scholars, read an edict to
worshippers at the mosque, encouraging Iraqis to join the country's
A special Mass was held Friday afternoon at St. John the Evangelist
Catholic Church. Students, from left, Adam Wagner, Isabel Carter
and Marlee Bird, sang during the service that marked the pope's
Emily Walthall, a kindergartner at St. John's Catholic School,
offers up a prayer Friday during a special Mass of Remembrance for
Pope John Paul II.
Pastor John Schmeidler holds the hand of Simon Elwell, 9, during a
special Mass Friday afternoon at St. John the Evangelist Catholic
Church, 1229 Vt. The Mass was in honor of Pope John Paul II.
Pope John Paul II holding his first Mass in Cuba in 1998.
A woman lights a candle as people pray in a church in Wadowice,
southern Poland, the Pope's native town. Hundreds of people in
Wadowice prayed and kept a hopeful vigil Friday at the 500-year-old
church where Karol Wojtyla was baptized, remembering their personal
encounters with perhaps the most famous Pole in history.
Thousands of people pray in a floodlit St. Peter's Square at the
Vatican. The crowd of pilgrims gathered Friday as Pope John Paul
II's health deteriorated. Some had tears in their eyes as they
gazed up at the pontiff's third-floor window and others held
candles in a vigil repeated in churches around the world.
Grand Knight John Callewaert, left, hands the Rev. John Schmiedler,
of St. John the Evangelist, a McDonald's gift certificate for $500.
The restaurant chain matched the Knights of Columbus donation of
$250. The certificates will be given to those in need.
These girls were installed as officers of Job's Daughters of
Baldwin. Pictured are, back row, from left, A.J. Beach, Hannah
Brewer, Kajsa Mullenix, Taylor Young and Amber Edgett; second row,
from left, Mariah Saylor, Ashley Abbott, Trisha Young, Mercedes
Jellison, Hannah Lusk and Myette Simpson; front row from left, Yami
Simpson, Krystal Tubbs, queen, and Jessie Waller, junior princess.
Job's Daughters is a service and leadership organization for girls
ages 10-20. The queen and junior princess will be in charge of
Dr. Ed Manda received the Wallace Galluzzi 2004 Volunteer of the
Year Award for his work as a founding member of the Douglas County
Dental Clinic. Manda was one of 20 adult nominees for this year's
Yuan Liu, of Lawrence, second from left, receives the Wallace
Galluzzi 2004 Youth Volunteer of the Year award at the United Way
of Douglas County annual meeting Feb. 24. Presenting the award is
Dee Bisel, left, and Marie Galluzzi Potter. David Morrissey,
manager of the Roger Hill Volunteer Center, looks on.
Youth honorees for the Wallace Galluzzi 2004 Volunteer of the Year
were recognized at the United Way of Douglas County annual meeting.
They are, from left, Crystal Snyder, Tiffany Kwak, Yuan Liu and
Kate Falkenstein, all of Lawrence. The Roger Hill Volunteer Center,
a service of the United Way, organizes the Galluzzi awards
Job's Daughters of Baldwin presented $2,980 to Hearing Impaired
Kids Endowment recipient Ivie Sparks, second from left in front
row. The service and leadership organization for girls donated the
money Feb. 19. Pictured are, back row from left, Darin Mason,
associate grand guardian, Deann Mason, Leslie Goodyear, grand
guardian, and Alyssa Slapper; front row from left, Sabra Lamb, Ivie
Sparks and her mom, Sharon Sparks, and Jessie Waller. Ivie will use
the money to purchase hearing assistance devices. The group is
having a spaghetti dinner fund-raiser from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. April
23 at the Palmyra Lodge in Baldwin.
Representatives from area businesses were recognized for their
outstanding 2004-2005 United Way employee campaigns at the United
Way of Douglas County annual meeting Feb. 24. From left are Glynn
Sheridan, Sunflower Bank; Rich Lorenzo, American Red Cross; Sarah
Jane Russell, GaDuGi SafeCenter; Mike Webb, Hallmark Cards; Pat
Sullivan, KU Federal Credit Union; Bob Kocour, Stephens Real
Estate; Judy Billings, Lawrence Chamber of Commerce; Bonnie Lowe,
First Bank; and Don Johnson, Intrust Bank.
From left, Jane Pracht, Suzanne McColl, Alice Leonard, Noreen Hein
and Phyllis Cross, all of Lawrence, attend AARP Advocacy Day in
Topeka. The group had lunch at the Ramada Inn and attended speeches
and presentations Feb. 9. Gov. Kathleen Sebelius was the keynote
The Knights of Columbus recognized Katie Self, a staff member at
St. John the Evangelist Church, during February. She received a
Holy Family Statue and a red rose.
Karon Johnson and Charlie, her pet bantam rooster, went through
some confusion with the city of Lawrence until officials ruled the
bird could stay in Johnson's home.
Animal control says Charlie the rooster can stay in his roost.
The Rev. Coleman Gilchrist sits in a pew inside the Second
Presbyterian Church in Chicago. In the midst of an urban revival,
the historic church is reaching out for new members.
Lori Devins, right, rings out Jesse Ridder at Extreme Christian
Clothing, 938 Mass.
Justin Hurd, left, and Jesse Ridder shop for T-shirts at Extreme
Christian Clothing on Tuesday.
Merchandise at Extreme Christian Clothing, 938 Mass., offers
customers a way to wear their faith on their sleeve or lapel.
Yvonne Y. Haddad, right, professsor of the history of Islam and
Christian-Muslim relations at Georgetown University, will speak at
Kansas University this week.
Jeff Weinberg, left, assistant to the chancellor, and artist Jon
Havener, middle, watch as workers place the sculpture "Korean
Cranes Rising" Friday morning on Memorial Drive, completing the new
Korean War Memorial at KU.
Ruling party supporters carry a mock coffin representing the
opposition as they wait for election results in Zimbabwe. With
results starting to trickle in Friday, opposition leader Morgan
Tsvangirai accused the government of trying to steal the
Jennifer Borg, left, owner of Pony Parties Plus in Palm River,
Fla., feeds her baby goats milk with the aid of her 4-year-old
daughter, Meagan, right, in Palm River, Fla. Borg is one of several
petting zoo owners who say they have lost business after more than
20 people, almost all children, have fallen seriously ill after
visiting petting zoos at three fairs in Florida. Borg did not take
part in any of the three fairs.
Will Hyrne pumps gasoline into his car at a station in Menlo Park,
Calif. Crude futures rallied to $57 a barrel Friday, helped by
rising prices for gasoline and heating oil and an investment bank
report that said demand and tight supplies could cause a "super
spike" that sends prices above $100 a barrel.
A Los Angeles Dodgers fan taunts Anaheim fans during an exhibition game Friday in Anaheim, Calif. The sign is in reference to the Angels' recent name change to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
Renie Smith, left, presents Joyce Donham with the 2005 Employer of the Year Award during a luncheon at Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center, 200 Maine. Donham, owner of Wild Territory, was recognized Friday as an outstanding employer in partnership with Bert Nash's Supported Employment Services program.
Lee Webb, left, is congratulated by Elizabeth Sheils during a recognition luncheon at the Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center, 200 Maine. Webb received the 2005 Employee of the Year Award on Friday from Bert Nash for his strong work ethic and dedication in the center's Supported Employment Services program. Webb is a dietary aide at Pioneer Ridge Retirement Community, where he has worked for the past four years. Sheils was the featured speaker at the event.
The Red Hatted hens gather for a recent meeting. Pictured are, back row, from left, Virginia Boyd and Joyce Webb; second row, from left, Monica Dillon, Dixie Cooper, Sarah Campbell and Terri Osborn; front row, from left, Ellen Miller, Marcia Elliott and Ruby Webb. Marcia Elliott submitted the picture.
Shannon Kirk and Matthew Roberson
Kiersten Gens and Aaron Wilmes
John Gariglietti and Mary Rowden
Jeff Crouch and Ashley Tarman
Brett Ballard and Kelly Temple
Marci VerBrugge and Scott Rhind
Dennis Supancic Jr. and Elizabeth Moore
John Shoemaker and Kelli Springs
Clayton Davis and Katrina Teske