In Cold Blood

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Harper Lee Biographer Unearths Her Article on Killings

She wrote about 'Cold Blood' case for an FBI magazine, before Capote's book

(Newser) - Harper Lee's biographer has dug up another piece of writing by the late author, but this time it's a magazine article instead of a controversial novel . Charles Shields has concluded that Lee is the author of an unsigned article about the notorious Clutter family murders in Kansas that... More »

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 »

Files Suggest Capote Fudged In Cold Blood Facts

For one thing, lead Kansas investigator didn't act on tip immediately

(Newser) - Newly surfaced files call into question Truman Capote's assertion that his In Cold Blood classic, about the murder of a farm family in Kansas in 1959, was a stickler for accuracy, reports the Wall Street Journal . In the book, for example, Capote writes that Kansas Bureau of Investigation officials... 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 »

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