Holcomb, Kansas, was a quaint, American town of roughly 300 residents. It was the nearly languid type of place in the Midwest where no one’s a stranger, and everyone and their cousins are welcome to dinner. It was a time when milk was still delivered in glass quart bottles to the front porches of families; when most sports were listened to by people sitting around a radio; when no one ever locked their doors.
For four of the six members of the Clutter family - a father, a mother, and their two youngest children - this tradition of trust sealed their demise on the evening of November 15, 1959, when two men, Perry Smith and Richard Hickock, brutally murdered the entire family with the hopes of finding cash in the home. The criminal pair had it on good authority that the Clutters kept a large safe in their home with at least $10,000 in it. The Clutters had no such safe, and they lost their lives because of it.
Here, we'll examine some Clutter family murder facts, what happened to the Clutter family, who killed them, and dive deeply into the true story behind Truman Capote's novel In Cold Blood.
Herb Clutter's Throat Was Slashed And The Killer Listened To His Victim Gurgling Into Death
A Shotgun, A Knife, Some Rope, And Some Tape Is All They Needed To End The Lives Of The Clutter Family
The Murders All Took Place In Different Rooms, So Everyone Died Alone
The Bound Corpses Were Discovered The Morning After Their Execution
The Items For Which The Clutters Were Killed Make Their Deaths Even Sadder
A Photograph Of A Bloody Bootprint Brought Justice To The Clutter Family