Essay about The Clutter Family

1478 Words Apr 21st, 2016 6 Pages
The Clutter Family Murderers November 15, 1959 appeared to be a typical crisp fall day in Holcomb, Kansas. The sun began to rise and the small farm town awoke, unaware that mere hours earlier, one of the most infamous quadruple murders in our nation’s history had taken place within the city’s limits. This paper will discuss the killing of the Clutter family from Holcomb, Kansas, the identity and lives of the killers, and various communication principles and theories that tie into the two killers lives and their actions leading up to, during, and after the murders. Whether you have lived in Kansas your entire life or have no connection to the state whatsoever, the Clutter family murders seem to raise the hair on everyone’s neck and leave them with an unshakable feeling of discomfort. To fully grasp the historically tragic incident that took place at the Clutter house, it’s important to have knowledge of the murders and the events leading up to them.
The Clutter family murders, which gained celebrity after the 1965 publishing of Truman Capote’s “In Cold Blood,” were the brutal slayings of Herbert and Bonnie Clutter and two of their children, Nancy and Kenyon, by 27-year-old Richard Hickock and 30-year-old Perry Smith (Garden City). The two killers, Hickock and Smith, knew each other from their time spent in the Kansas State Penitentiary in Lansing, Kansas. It was during their first stay in prison where Hickock heard of Herbert Clutter from a prison cellmate and learned that…

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