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In Cold Blood. A work of creative non-fiction Written like a novel, but true. Not necessarily chronological Told from alternating points of view. Truman Capote. Born 1925 Childhood friend of Nell Harper Lee Novel first serialized in The New Yorker in 1965

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In cold blood
In Cold Blood

  • A work of creative

    non-fiction

  • Written like a novel,

    but true.

  • Not necessarily

    chronological

  • Told from alternating

    points of view


Truman capote
Truman Capote

  • Born 1925

  • Childhood friend of Nell Harper Lee

  • Novel first serialized in The New Yorker in 1965

  • Novel launched his career to the high society circles

  • Died 1984



Invention
Invention the

  • After reading that article, Capote was interested in how crime like this would affect a small, American town like Holcomb.

  • Convinced his current employer, The New Yorker, to send him to Kansas to investigate

  • Harper Lee helped with the interviews

  • Uses accounts told by others prior to meeting those involved with the case, as well as accounts of his own personal interviews with the murderers


The new journalism
The New Journalism the

  • Journalism that is characterized by the reporter’s subjective interpretations and often features fictionalized dramatized elements to emphasize personal involvement.

  • Term coined by Tom Wolfe who wrote the book entitled The New Journalism

  • Capote’s In Cold Bloodis considered to fall into this category although he called it a “nonfiction novel”

  • Said to “dethrone” the novel as the #1 literary genre at the time.

  • First reaction from many was that it wasn’t factual


Law the

and

Order


Setting the



The village of Holcomb stands on the high wheat plains of western Kansas, a lonesome area that other Kansans call “outthere.”

Clutter Family Home (as it stands today)


Law… western Kansas, a lonesome area that other Kansans call “out

  • The Victims

  • The Criminals

  • The Witnesses

  • The Investigators


The Victims western Kansas, a lonesome area that other Kansans call “out


Herb clutter
Herb Clutter western Kansas, a lonesome area that other Kansans call “out

  • Head of the Clutter household

  • Well-liked, respected member of the Holcomb community

  • Fairly prosperous


Bonnie clutter
Bonnie Clutter western Kansas, a lonesome area that other Kansans call “out

  • Wife of Herb Clutter

  • Mother of four

  • A recluse


Nancy clutter
Nancy Clutter western Kansas, a lonesome area that other Kansans call “out

  • Daughter of Herb and Bonnie Clutter

  • Well-liked and popular

  • Bright, energetic, responsible

  • Dating Bobby Rupp


Kenyon clutter
Kenyon Clutter western Kansas, a lonesome area that other Kansans call “out

  • Son of Herb and Bonnie Clutter

  • Quiet and reserved

  • Enjoys working with his hands

  • Fifteen years old


The criminals
The Criminals western Kansas, a lonesome area that other Kansans call “out


Perry smith
Perry Smith western Kansas, a lonesome area that other Kansans call “out

  • Convicted thief

  • Sentenced to Kansas State Penitentiary

  • Met Dick Hickock in jail


Dick hickock
Dick western Kansas, a lonesome area that other Kansans call “outHickock

  • Inmate in Kansas State Penitentiary

  • Friend of Perry Smith

  • Learned of Clutter family from fellow inmate Floyd Wells


Floyd wells
Floyd Wells western Kansas, a lonesome area that other Kansans call “out

  • Past employee of Herb Clutter

  • Tells Hickcock that the Clutters are wealthy

  • Connects Hickcock and Smith to the deaths of the Clutters


The investigators
The Investigators western Kansas, a lonesome area that other Kansans call “out

KBI


Alvin dewey
Alvin Dewey western Kansas, a lonesome area that other Kansans call “out

  • Main detective in the Clutter investigation

  • Acquaintance of Herb Clutter


Other investigators
Other Investigators western Kansas, a lonesome area that other Kansans call “out

KBI Supervisor Al Dewey, County Attorney Duane West, Sheriff Earl Robinson, and KBI Agent Clarence Duntz. (left to right)


“At the time not a soul in sleeping Holcomb heard them – four shotgun blasts that, all told, ended six human lives. But afterward the townspeople, theretofore sufficiently unfearful of each other to seldom trouble to lock their doors, found fantasy re-creating them over and again – those somber explosions that stimulated fires of mistrust in the glare of which many old neighbors viewed each other strangely, and as strangers.”

~~In Cold Blood p.5


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