Sunday, June 12, 2005

In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

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I finished In Cold Blood last night, and I have to say, this book is one that will stick with me for some time. This ground breaking non-fiction book is masterfully written as a novel, with incredible character studies, particularly that of Perry Smith, later portrayed by Robert Blake in the 1967 movie of the same title. I haven't watched the movie yet, but I'm on the hunt for it right now, I will report after I watch it.
In Holcomb, Kansas on November 15, 1959 the Clutter family was murdered in their home for "fifty dollars, a radio, and a pair of binoculars", by two men armed with a shotgun and a knife. In Cold Blood tells the story of all involved, starting with introducing the ill-fated Clutter family.
This is a book that I did not put down until the last page was turned. Truly chilling, particularly Perry Smith's confession.

Here is a link that I found, with photos of some of the people involved in the story. I can't imagine how someone could possibly live in that home, but they do. Talk about bad vibes!