In Cold Blood




Sandy put up with my bizarre desire to visit Holcomb, Kansas, the town made famous/infamous in Truman Capote’s novel In Cold Blood.  This required us heading further west in Kansas than we originally planned; it’s about five miles west of Garden City on US 50.  There’s really not much to the town that we could find, and we didn’t even bother trying to track down the original Clutter farmhouse.  We did find a park dedicated to the family with a really lovely and thought monument.  It just told about their lives and didn’t mention Capote, the novel or Dick and Perry, which is just about the best way I could imagine handling it.  You can’t pretend it didn’t happen, it’s the most famous event in the history of the town, but why celebrate Capote or the killers.


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