The, The Cold Blooded Killers Of The Clutter Family Essay

1083 Words Jun 9th, 2016 5 Pages
Richard (Dick) Hickock and Perry Edward Smith, the cold blooded killers of the Clutter family in In Cold Blood by Truman Capote. When you describe them like that, they seem one and the same, they’re murderers. But, there is way more to them as people than just that, they are similar and they are very different. Dick and Perry are character foils, although they possess a few similar characteristics and experiences. Both men met in jail for petty crimes (Dick for bad checks and petty theft, and Perry for petty crime while involved in a street crime. They both have tattoos on their bodies, and were both significantly maimed in automobile accidents. Both have similar features, but could not be more different. Perry Edward Smith, a man of many secrets and many personality traits. He is described as a short man, with a large torso. At first glance, “he seemed a more normal-sized man, a powerful man, with the shoulder, the arms, the thick, crouching torso of a weight lifter. [However] when he stood up he was no taller than a twelve-year old child.” What Smith lacked in stature, he made up for in knowledge. Perry was “a dictionary buff, a devotee of obscure words”. As an adolescent, he craved literature and loved to gain insight of the imaginary worlds he escaped into, for Perry’s reality was nothing less than a living nightmare. His mother was an alcoholic who committed suicide when Perry was only thirteen-years old. Smith had two sisters and an older brother. His sister, Fern…

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