In Cold Blood (Random House, 1966)
In Cold Blood chronicles the murder of four members of the Clutter family. In 1959, in Holcomb, Kansas, two ex-convicts on parole
from the Kansas State Penitentiary broke into
the Clutter home. They tied up Herbert and Bonnie Cluteer and their two youngest children, Nancy and Kenyon and shot them, one by one. The break-in began as a robbery, but there was only less than $50 in the home. The ex-cons Richard Hickock and Perry Edward Smith killed the entire family anyway. Hickock and Smith were later executed by hanging just after midnight on April 14, 1965. There were two elder Clutter children — Eveanna and Beverly — that were old enough to be on their own at the time of the murders.
Though In Cold Blood is a nonfiction novel, written by Truman Capote, some parts of the book differ from real events. In Cold Blood is the second best-selling true crime book behind Vincent Bugliosi’s Helter Skelter.