Essay about Truman Capote 's Cold Blood

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Truman Capote; Reasons Behind Writing In Cold Blood
“Take ye heed, watch and pray; for he knows not when that time is” (Capote 30). Truman Capote, the author of In Cold Blood, had a troubled background. His childhood was stricken with his parents divorce, numerous abusive step-fathers, and his moving from family to family (Nance). In Cold Blood is a non-fiction retelling of the murder of the Clutter family from Holcomb, Kansas, in the 1950s. It is told in a journalistic style where there are two different perspectives of events that are happening at the same time. The book goes from the murderer’s point of view to the investigator 's. Truman Capote wrote In Cold Blood because of the prominence the Clutter family murder had in the media, the connections with Perry Smith to Capote’s early fiction, his personal life connections to Perry Smith, and the perfect opportunity to write in a journalistic style, creating the true crime genre. The Clutter family murder case was the pinnacle of not only Kansas media, but it also caught the attention of the national news. In Holcomb Kansas, the town that the murder occurred in, people were scared that this could happen to any number of them. Alfred Stoecklein, a man from Holcomb said, “me and the misses, we are moving to a house along the highway”(Capote 78). Mr. Stoecklein, who lived his whole life in Holcomb, was too scared for he and his wife to stay in that same area as the crime. The constant swirl of investigators showing up…

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