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Upon arriving in Holcomb a small congregation of buildings on the high wheat plains of western Kansas Perry and Dick two men recently paroled for petty crimes left almost no evidence behind except for a bloody footprint and a radio they stole from the Clutter house In the investigative nonfiction murder story In Cold Blood by Truman Capote the story of Perry and Dick and the night of November 15 1959 is relived This fast-paced and straightforward documentary talks about the nature of American violence and details the motiveless murder of four members of the Clutter family and the investigation that led to the capture trial and execution of the killers but not before the reader gets to know Dick and Perry almost to well at times While reading Truman Capotes nonfiction novel In Cold Blood Capotes presentation of the facts surrounding the murders of an obscure Kansas farmer and three of his family members becomes almost frightening At many times the author of this paper was left wondering why this book was having such an effect on him and why it seemed so realistic to him Initially one may think the answer to be that the book was a true account- because these things had actually happened and they were not simply a fictional story produced by some authors overactive imagination However it becomes apparent it wasnt just the horrific story of these murders that is troubling but the aspect of how Capote tells the story that makes reading it uneasy Unlike many other murder stories Capote not only discusses the criminals and their role in the crime but their childhoods their lives right before the crime and their lives after the conviction until the executions This may be because he was able to establish such rapport with these two men through countless hours of interviews over many years The reader of In Cold Blood is
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