This prisoner, who told Hickock and Smith this, had previously worked for the Clutter family. After being re leased from prison, Hickock and Smith immediately drew up plans to get their hands on the stashed cash. They went to the Clutter home outside of Holcomb, Kansas when four of the six family members happened to be home. Clutter gave them the little cash he had and said the re was no more. They ransacked the entire house getting no more than roughly fifty dollars, a pair of binoculars and a transistor radio. Once the two had all they could find and assuming that Herb Clutter wasn't volunteering the information of where the cash was stored, executed in cold blood all four family members. When officers arrived, Herb Clutter, 48, lay sprawled on a mattress in the basement, stabbed, his throat slashed and a shotgun charge fired to his head. He wore paja mas.
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In Cold Blood is a non-fiction novel  by American author Truman Capote , first published in ; it details the murders of four members of the Herbert Clutter family in the small farming community of Holcomb, Kansas. Capote learned of the quadruple murder before the killers were captured, and he traveled to Kansas to write about the crime. He was accompanied by his childhood friend and fellow author Harper Lee , and they interviewed residents and investigators assigned to the case and took thousands of pages of notes. Killers Richard Hickock and Perry Smith were arrested six weeks after the murders and later executed by the state of Kansas. Capote ultimately spent six years working on the book. In Cold Blood was an instant success and is the second-best-selling true crime book in history, behind Vincent Bugliosi 's Helter Skelter about the Charles Manson murders. The psychologies and backgrounds of Hickock and Smith are given special attention, as is the pair's complex relationship during and after the murders.
It was on November 15, that wheat farmer, Herbert Clutter, his wife, and two teenage children were murdered. The Clutter place is a mile south and west. Two suspects in the attempted robbery and murder of a Kansas wheat farmer, his wife, and two children were taken from jail in Las Vegas Monday by special agents of the Kansas Bureau of Investigation for return to Kansas to face trial. This was the farmhouse of the Herbert Clutters who were slain in a robbery attempt Nov. The Clutter house top right was entered through a doorway on the left end.
In the early morning hours of November 15, , four members of the Clutter family — Herb Clutter, his wife Bonnie, and their teenage children Nancy and Kenyon — were murdered in the small farming community of Holcomb, Kansas. Two ex-convicts, Perry Smith and Richard Hickock , were found guilty of the murders. Both Smith and Hickock were executed by the state of Kansas on the same day, April 14, Herbert "Herb" Clutter was a prosperous farmer in western Kansas. His two elder daughters, Eveanna and Beverly, had moved out and started their adult lives. His two younger children, Nancy age 16 and Kenyon age 15 , were high school students.