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In Cold Blood Notes May Contradict Capote's Story

Judge rules they can finally be released

(Newser) - The son of a Kansas law enforcement officer who helped investigate the 1959 killings that inspired the book In Cold Blood can publish his father's field notes —which he says substantially contradict the account found in Truman Capote's literary masterpiece. In a ruling made public yesterday, Shawnee... More »

DNA Test Fails With In Cold Blood Killers

Perry Smith, Richard Hickock can't be linked to Fla. killing

(Newser) - The killers chronicled in the book In Cold Blood may have gotten away with one—at least for now. DNA testing of Perry Smith and Richard Hickock has failed to tie them conclusively to the murder of the Walker family in Sarasota, Fla., the Sarasota Herald-Tribune reports. A detective had... More »

Bodies of In Cold Blood Killers Exhumed in Old Case

Florida police think they might have killed family there, too

(Newser) - The bodies of the two men executed for the 1959 murders of a Kansas family that became infamous in Truman Capote's true-crime book In Cold Blood were exhumed today in an effort to solve the slaying of a Florida family weeks later. Bone fragments were collected from the skeletal... More »

Cops Eye In Cold Blood Killers in Fla. Murder Mystery

Exhumation could provide missing link to '59 slayings

(Newser) - After sniffing out 587 suspects, police are edging closer to solving a 52-year-old Florida murder mystery. The likely culprits: the murderous duo featured in Truman Capote's landmark book, In Cold Blood, the Sarasota Herald-Tribune reports. Sarasota detective Kim McGath now believes Perry Smith and Dick Hickock, who notoriously killed... More »

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