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/incoldblood/readers_perspectives/ -- In Cold Blood: Reader Perspectives

A horrible, tragic and pointless crime. A pathetic end for two miserable criminals. A legacy of painful memories for too many families and friends.
If any good could be said to come from any of this, it must be in the increased understanding that the book, film, and history of this case has generated in how such crimes can be avoided. Social services to address families in need, provide appropriate health care and education, and where appropriate, intervention, could have spared everyone grief.
And a basic sense of home security and self-defense might have helped. The Clutters were good people who did everything right, and didn't deserve to die as they did or have their memories linked to that crime. It's hard to believe that people used to leave their doors unlocked as they slept. Nearly 50-years ago, people were perhaps more naive--today, such an attitude is foolhardy to the point of incomprehension.

March 28, 2007 at 2:52 a.m. ( | suggest removal )