In Cold Blood Chapter Summary

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In Cold Blood follows the solving of a murder that took place in the small town of Holcomb Kansas during the late hours of the night on November 15, 1959. The Clutters were the most American household in all of Kansas and sent a wave of panic through the townspeople of Holcomb when the family was found in their farm house bound up and murdered in cold blood . The book not only follows the story of the Clutters, but also the murder’s Perry and Dick ‘friends’ who decided to perform such a gruesome act. The Novel is written in four separate parts, The Last to See Them Alive, Persons Unknown, Answer, and The Corner also including a preface and summaries of Truman's other books such as Other Voices, Other Rooms and Answered Prayers. In the 343 pages of this fantastic work Truman captures the true horror of the massacre by displaying every grisly …show more content…
Sheriff Dewey is focused on a lot in this chapter how his life seems to be falling apart as he tries to solve the case. Truman adds into the story that Dewey ends up losing twenty pounds over three weeks most likely due to the lack of sleep and stress that is involved throughout this case. Dewey’s phone rings day and night scaring the life out of his children and townspeople bugging him 24/7 about the case wanting to know if the man had found anything else that they had not read in the papers. The main focus of the part falls of Perry. Truman takes twenty-five pages of this chapter focusing it on Perry’s backstory mentioning his alcoholic mother and his unsteady relationship with his father and how rough Perry’s past was dealing with being abused by nuns in a children’s home which leads him to have a distrust with religion. The chapter ends with Dick and Perry returning back to the states and trying to hitchhike from California to

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