But no safe was ever found, and the two men instead wound up killing Mr. Clutter, his wife, and their two children, getting away with only a radio, a pair of binoculars, and a lousy forty dollars. Two months on the run, including an aimless "vacation" in northern Mexico, ended in Las Vegas when cops caught them in a stolen car.
The residents of that farm, the Clutters, are a prosperous farming and ranching family who have seemingly achieved the American Dream. Herb, the father, is a devout Methodist whose work ethic has made him a wealthy and popular man.
Nancy and Kenyon are their well adjusted, hardworking teenage children. One night in mid-November, four gunshots ring out across Holcomb, signaling the deaths of four members of the Clutter family. Perry is a dreamy, artistic man scarred by a motorcycle accident and his traumatic childhood.
While robbing the Clutters, Dick and Perry are dismayed to find that the Clutters have virtually no cash on hand. They kill the Clutters anyway, shooting each in the head at point-blank range with a gauge shotgun. Dick and Perry flee to Kansas City, where they start writing bad checks.
They take their ill-gotten gains and flee to Mexico, where Perry dreams of becoming a treasure hunter.
As news of the murders spreads, the citizens of Holcomb and Garden City are filled with terror and disbelief. The Kansas Bureau of Investigation KBI is put on the case, though there is little evidence to help them find the killers all they have are two footprints.
Meanwhile, Dick and Perry, having gone broke in Mexico, have returned to the United States and are plotting to write more bad checks.
They return to Kansas City, where they write enough bad checks to fund a trip to Florida. Tensions rise and fall between Perry and Dick. After going broke in Florida, the two make their way to Las Vegas, where months back Perry had mailed some of his belongings from Mexico including the boots he and Dick had worn the night of the murders.
They are arrested in Las Vegas, just as they stop to collect the final box of belongings from a rooming house. A trial is held in Garden City. They remain on Death Row for years, given that Dick insists that their trial was unfair and applies for several appeals.
Dick and Perry are hanged on April 14th, The primary investigator in the Clutter case, Alvin Dewey a personal friend of the Clutters is present for the hanging. Susan fills Alvin with hope for the future — she seems to represent a renewed age of innocence for Holcomb and Garden City.
Cite This Page Choose citation style: Retrieved November 25, Mar 07, · Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis. Plot Keywords: true crime | pair of killers One of them rated at least different movies; not one such list so much as mentioned "In Cold Blood." What can explain such an omission?
This film comes as close to "perfect movie-making" as any I've ever seen. Not only is it chilling; it actually makes you think.8/10(K). In In Cold Blood, Perry Smith and Dick Hickock kill Herb Clutter and his family.
They think that Clutter, a rich farmer, has thousands of dollars lying around. Capote gets to know the killers. In Cold Blood is a non-fiction novel by American author Truman Capote, first published in ; it details the murders of four members of the Herbert Clutter family in the small farming community of Holcomb, Kansas.
In Cold Blood () on IMDb: Plot summary, synopsis, and more. Sep 14, · In Cold Blood Homework Help Questions. What are two major themes of the book In Cold Blood by Truman Capote? In Truman Capote's jounalistic novel, In Cold Blood, he reports on the horrific crime.
In Cold Blood is the ninth published work by celebrated writer, Truman Capote. This work is Capote’s attempt to create the nonfiction genre, a new direction in publishing in its time.
In this book, Capote explores the true story of the murders of the Clutter family in rural Kansas. The Clutters.