In Cold Blood
Author : Capote, Truman
Title : In Cold Blood
Publisher : Random House
Original Publication Date : 1965
In 1965 they were hung for the crime.
enemies, and no quarrels. Although they were wealthy, Mr. Clutter never kept cash in the
house. The whole region and eventually the country was shocked by the randomness and
brutality of the act, in much the same way it was by the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing.
all four of them.
the killing of the Clutter family. I didn’t like him from the very beginning. He struck me
that I will talk about. Perry wasn’t as bad as Dick but yet he still struck me as having a
Perry. Perry was a really nice guy and I think that he just got mixed in with the wrong
had them tied up and Perry didn’t want to kill the family but he thought that if he acted
like he was gonna kill Mr. Clutter then Dick would stop him. Then they would let them
all go but when Dick didn’t stop him Perry became a mad man and went ahead and killed
the whole family. Later at the gallows Perry started to have second thoughts a little to late
so he tried to starve himself but didn’t succeed. He was finally hung, during the hanging
period he apologized to everyone for what he did.
turn south.” To Perry, it seemed as though Dick was muttering jubilant mumbo-jumbo.
They left the highway, sped through a deserted Holcomb, and crossed the Santa Fe tracks.
“The bank, that must be the bank, no we turn west-see the trees? This is it, this has to be
it.” The headlights disclosed a lane of Chinese elms; bundles of wind-blown thistle
scurried across it. Dick doused the headlights, slowed down, and stopped until his eyes
were adjusted to the moon-illuminated night. Presently, the car crept forward. This
went to the Clutter house and killed the family. I feel that this quote is an important one.
To me I feel that it suggest?s that the accused were out to commit a robbery, and had no
home, the criminals were unable to locate any money to steal. The criminals then
proceeded to kill the family of four. I feel that the murderers used the Clutters as a way
hanging the accused.
One of the main points I saw by reading this book was the way the country / region
viewed itself after the murder occured. Many were shocked by the murder. I feel that if
they were then. When the story was based, not as many murders existed, and this crime
was just a total outrage to the normal society.
Why is the book on the Law reading list? Legal aspects of the book:
I feel this book is on the law reading list because it provides the story that is based on law
characteristics. In the story criminal law is presented. While reading the book I noticed
trial and eventual conviction/execution of the accused. This provides an excellect law
guideline showing how justice was served.
The legal aspects of the book include the arrest of the accused, the trial that the killers
had to under go, and the decision for execution of the accused.
My Opinion On The Book
From reading this book I learned that even though you think that you can trust
written, and provided a good story line. It included a good combination of crime, which
eventually lead to law and order. I enjoyed reading the book, and would recommend it to
others taking the law program.