January 4, 1960 - Two suspects in the
attempted robbery and murder of a Kansas wheat farmer, his wife,
two children were taken from jail in Las Vegas Monday by special
agents of the Kansas Bureau of
Investigation for return to Kansas to
face trial. Left is Eugene Hickock, 28, followed by Agent Harold
Right is Perry Edward Smith, 31, with Agent A.A. Dewey.
January 5, 1960 - Officers showed the
weapons used in the killings of the four members of the Herbert
Clutter family for the first time Tuesday. Left to right are: Finney
county deputy Mickey Hawkings,
Garden City police investigator Rich
Rohleder, and KBI Chief Logan Sanford, who is holding the knife.
The murder knife
January 6, 1960 - Kansas Bureau of
Investigation agent Al Dewey wore a wide grin as he told
about the successful investigation of the two confessed killers of the
Clutter family. Dewey was field agent in charge of the
Arthur Fleming, the Garden City attorney who represented killer
Perry Smith is shown here.
March 24, 1960 - County Attorney Duane West carries from the
courtroom evidence introduced
in the trial of Richard Hickock and
Perry Smith for the murder of four members of the Herbert
family near Holcomb, November 15th.
Evidence bag of cord that was used to
tie up the Clutters. Note the darkened pieces of the cord.
from the Clutter's blood.
James Spor was a Garden City, Kansas service station attendant. He
serviced the car
of the murderers Dick Hickock and Perry Smith.
Alvin A. Dewey, Chief investigator in the Kansas Clutter mass
murder case, tells Senate Judiciary
Subcommittee that case would never
have been solved without a confession.
Truman Capote, author of the best selling book "In Cold Blood," the
story of the mass murder of
a family of four in Kansas, is shown as he
appeared before the Senate Judiciary subcommittee.
Capote told the
group that the crime never would have been solved without a confession.
Aoril 6, 1965 - Perry Smith (left in left photo) gets into a
sheriff's car as undersheriff Wendel Meier (R)
and Deputy Sheriff
Mickey Hawkins look on. In picture at right, Richard Hickock starts
into another car
escorted by Sheriff Earl Robinson. Hickock and Smith,
convicted of the mass slaying of the Clutter
family near Holcomb,
Kansas, were enroute to Lansing prison to await their execution.
This is the farmhouse made famous in Truman Capote's book, "In Cold Blood." It was on November
15, 1959 that wheat farmer, Herbert Clutter,
his wife, and two teenage children were murdered.
Aerial view of Clutter home
Aerial view of the Clutter farm in Holcomb, Kansas. This was the
farmhouse of the Herbert Clutters who
were slain in a robbery attempt
Nov. 15, 1959. The Clutter house (top right) was entered through a
doorway on the left end. The nearest person to the crime at the time
was the caretaker living in the
house at the lower left corner of the
Portraits of family found murdered
A wealthy Western Kansas wheat farmer, his wife, and two younger
children were found shot to death
in their Holcomb home 11/15. Dead
were Herb Clutter, 48, his wife, Bonnie, 45, (top), a son,
(LR) and a daughter, nancy, 16, (LL). Police have no clues as to who
gagged the family, then blasted them at short range with a
Author Truman Capote stands in the
living room of the Clutter ranch house where four members of
Kansas family were murdered in 1959. Capote's account of the crime and
its solution. "In Cold
Blood" was a best-seller and is being filmed in
the actual locales. Despite critical comment,
Capote declares his
"non-fiction novel" was an advance in literature.
(AP / Associated Press)
The Clutter family tombstones in the cemetery.
Author Truman Capote poses at the grave of the murdered Clutter
family, made famous
in his novel and in the film "In Cold Blood".