In Cold Blood

"You are a man of extreme passion, a hungry man not quite sure where his appetite lies, a deeply frustrated man striving to project his individuality against a backdrop of rigid conformity. You exist in a half-world suspended between two superstructures, one self-expression and the other self-destruction."

November 15, 1959. The lives of the people of Holcomb, Kansas, are about to change forever. Two ex-convicts break into the house of a wealthy farmer and murder Herb Clutter, his wife Bonnie and their two teenage children, Nancy and Kenyon. When Truman Capote reads about it, he decides to travel to Holcomb and write about the quadruple crime. Six years later, his most renowned book is finished. "In Cold Blood" induced the term non-fiction into literature and is still considered one the best books of its kind that were ever written. Was there a motive behind the murders? Not really. They knew that they were wealthy and thought that there was a great deal of cash in the house. Only there wasn't.

Their loot was $40-$50, a transistor and a pair of binoculars. They could have left without killing them and nobody would find them. Only they did. Why? Were they mentally unstable? They were not "loonies" since they were completely aware of their actions. You couldn't possibly think they're "sane" though after all the things they did... The portrayal of the killers in the book is really disturbing. You actually fear them! They were sentenced to death by hanging and only after their passing was Capote able to complete his work. He was present at their hanging and it made such a great impact on him that he allegedly never managed to overcome. In Cold Blood is one of those books that stay with you in the course of time. A masterpiece!

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admin is Fali’s Senior Editor. Arleen has been writing professionally for over 10 years. From 2005-2015, she covered the advertising and marketing industry for Majalah Dewasa.

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