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    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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    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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    Perry Edwards Smith is one of the murders of the clutter family. Smith believes that he is highly intelligent and is also artistic, and wishes that he could be educated. Smith is a short man with a large torso and small legs. Smith also injured his legs in a motorcycle accident. Richard Eugene Hitkock also murders the clutter family along with Smith. Hitkock has been married twice and has been to jail before, for passing bad checks. His persona gives confidence and cruelty, when in reality he…

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    Compassion for the Killer Throughout In Cold Blood, Truman Capote writes with bias and embellishes much of the story of the 1959 Clutter Family mass murder. As Capote researched further into the murders, he developed a personal attachment to one of the killers. Even Capote’s most significant claims surrounding the Clutter Family mass murder are unreliable, as he is strongly biased towards one of the killers. Capote’s portrayals of the two murderers, Richard “Dick” Hickock and Perry Smith, vary,…

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    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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    the killers’ backgrounds and lives into their communication patterns or lack thereof. In order to analyze what the Johari Window model of communication means in Hickock and Smith’s lives, we first must have a complete grasp on the model. According to the University of Southern California, the Johari Window model is “…the disclosure/feedback model of self-awareness that can be used an information processing tool. It represents information, such as feelings, experience, views, attitudes, skills,…

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    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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    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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    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 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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