Cold Blood : The Head Injury That Eventually Killed Dick Hickock

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In Cold Blood: The Head Injury that Eventually Killed Dick Hickock
In 1959, the quaint agricultural town of Holcomb, Kansas was robbed of its innocence by the senseless killing of the prominent Clutter family. The perpetrators, Perry Smith and Dick Hickock, were less than extraordinary men; ordinary looking at best, on the outside. However, on the inside, deep within their psyche existed two disturbed men with pasts that culminated in murder. Capote details the life of Perry, creating a round character; in contrast, he provides brief descriptions of Dick while quickly moving on. Research shows that Hickock is medically a more dynamic character than Capote portrays. At the age of nineteen, Dick Hickock suffered head trauma as a result of a car accident. His father testified that Dick’s behavior changed, after the accident. Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), can drastically change a person’s behavior and personality to the point that they may not seem like the same person. Although studies of brain injury and neurological behavior effects date back to the mid-1800, there was minimal emphasis relating to the condition in defense of Hickock. The lack of adequate psychological or medical assessment during the trial contributed to the guilty verdict, ultimately ending Hickock’s life.
Prior to 1950, Dick Hickock would be considered an all-American boy; however that all changed when Hickock was involved in a car accident. Capote describes the interaction between Harold Nye and Hickock’s…

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