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  • The Clutter Family Murder Essay

    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 the family was rather wealthy (Dick Hickock). Upon release from prison, Hickock contacted Smith and they began making plans to rob the Clutter family (Capote). The duo met up in Olathe, Kansas, roughly twenty-four hours before the murders and prepared to travel the nearly 800 miles it would take to make it to Holcomb and back after pulling off the robbery (Garden City). Hickock and Smith arrived in Holcomb around midnight and entered the Clutter residence with relative ease. According to statements made by Smith in “In Cold Blood”, the pair entered through an unlocked side door and began searching the house for a safe with money.…

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  • The Holcomb Murder In Truman Capote's In Cold Blood

    as the founder of the Kansas Wheat Growers Association in 1954. Capote sagely leaves out the murder scene and let Perry Smith explain in his own words. Which leaves it up to the reader to really swallow Perry’s statement, with Dick on the other Side contradicting their actions. The motive of the killers were revealed in their confession. In 1960, to many people, the trial left questions for sanity. Similar to, In Cold Blood, many say it couldn’t have been solved without the help of the former…

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  • The Lack Of Crime In Capot Capote's In Cold Blood

    book In Cold Blood was a non-fiction true event of the murder of the Clutter family. It took place in Holcomb, Kansas in 1955 by ex-convicts Perry Edward Smith and Richard Eugene Hickock. The crime took place in the home of the Clutter in expectation to find a safe filled with cash but end up only with forty dollars in cash, a radio, and binoculars. Perry and Richard, (also known as Dick) were displeased and kill the entire family and flee the city. While on the run, they faced challenges and…

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  • Irresponsibility In Truman Capote's In Cold Blood

    or miss one’s dentist appointment. However, the idea of irresponsibility takes on an entirely new meaning in Truman Capote’s true-crime novel In Cold Blood. In the novel, Capote analyzes the personalities of the late Clutters, but also those of the culprits, Richard “Dick” Hickock and Perry Smith. The author reveals volumes regarding their characters and even the parts of them that led to the murder of the Clutters. In In Cold Blood, an inability to take responsibility, on the part of Dick…

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  • The Affects Of Environment In Truman Capote's In Cold Blood

    Son T. Chau Professor Hansen ENGWR 302 December 8, 2016 First Draft The Effects of Environment in In Cold Blood In a nonfiction book, In Cold Blood, the author, Truman Capote, tells the story of the murder case of the Clutter family in Holcomb, Kansas, in 1959. The novel is based on real-life crime which was committed by two convicts: Perry Smith and Richard Hickock. The crime is mentioned early on a book before the story begins: "four shot gun blasts that, all told, ended six human lives"…

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  • The Character Of Perry Smith In Truman Capote's In Cold Blood

    Truman Capote’s “In Cold Blood” follows a 1959 massacre of a beloved family of four that took place in the remote town of Holcomb, Kansas . They were viciously murdered via a shotgun and knife by two men, Perry Smith and Richard Hickock. As the book follows the murder case, we see sides of the killer that, given the circumstances, seem impossible. Capote makes it almost impossible for us to view Perry Smith as what he actually was (a cold-blooded murderer) in this famous novel as he spends most…

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  • Dick And Perry Edward Smith In In Cold Blood By Truman Capote

    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…

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  • Analysis Of Nature Versus Nurture In In Cold Blood

    The nonfiction novel, In Cold Blood, entirely reconstructed a horrific crime scene while depicting the lives of the runaway murderers. The author, Truman Capote, uses montage (a form of writing that switches back and forth) to allow the readers to see into the lives of the killers and the petrified people of Holcomb, Kansas. On November 15, 1959, Richard Hickock and Perry Smith brutally murdered Herbert, Bonnie, Kenyon and Nancy Clutter in their farmhouse. Floyd Wells, a previous cell mate of…

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  • In Cold Blood Rhetorical Analysis

    In the chapter “The Corner” pages 290-291, from the book In Cold Blood, by author Truman Capote we will take an inside look at how Capote takes advantage of rhetorical strategies to convey his attitude towards Perry Smith. Throughout the book Capote writes about the story behind the Clutter family murders from the eyes of the townspeople and the murderers, both Perry Smith and Richard Hickock, while doing so we can see the contrast of attitude that Capote has towards both Smith and Hickock. In…

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  • The Clutter Family In In Cold Blood By Truman Capote

    Perry was a smart kid as described by his father but he just did not like to go to school. Perry however seems to contradict that saying “... But that bastard never gave me a chance. He wouldn’t let me go to school. O.K. O.K. I was a bad kid. But the time came i begged to go to school” (185). As soon as Perry was able to strive out on his own he did. He joined the Merchant Marine and then the Army, where he earned a Bronze star but was never promoted. After the army Perry gets in a terrible…

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