Given by Capote’s in depth narration, the purpose for writing is to give a comprehensive account of the murders. By truly leaving no stone unturned, Capote reveals to his readers the total impact of the crimes. The killers, Perry Smith and Dick Hickock, victimized far more people than the four they killed, and in fact they may have been most dangerous to themselves. By examining crime through such an inclusive scope, Capote is able to communicate to his readers the residual consequences of crime.
Everyone in Holcomb seems to react differently to the deaths of the Clutters. However, the chief reaction is that of fear and uncertainty. Mr. Helm, a laborer on the Clutter’s farm is no exception. Ever loyal to his duties, Helm continued to work on the farm after the crime. Yet, his hardworking spirit was warn-down with feelings of disquiet brought on by, ”the locked house, Nancy’s