Don S. Davis ~ In Cold Blood
The village of Holcomb stands on the high wheat plains of western Kansas, a lonesome area that other Kansans call 'out there'. Don portrays Roy Church - The oldest of the Kanas Bureau of Investigation assistants, Church is nicknamed "Curly" due to his baldness, and is supposedly the fastest draw in Kansas.

In Cold Blood, published in 1965, was first serialized in the New Yorker in four installments. It was an instant critical and commercial success, bringing Truman Capote both literary recognition and celebrity status. With its publication, Capote claimed to have invented a new genre, the ‘nonfiction novel', and critics quickly accepted his classification, his methods, and his purpose as a new combination of journalism and fiction. He wanted to merge the two—enlivening what he saw as stagnant prose conforming to stale, rigid standards—and he wished to experiment with documentary methods. The Clutter murders were the perfect vehicle for this monumental experiment in reportage.

In Cold Blood painstakingly details, in four parts, the Clutter family’s character, activities, and community status during the last days before their murder; the planning and machinations of the killers; the investigative dedication of the Kansas Bureau of Investigation (KBI) agents; and the capture, trial, and execution of the murderers. While the book portrays the Clutters sympathetically, it also concentrates the reader’s sympathies on Perry Smith, who, abused and abandoned as a child and scorned as an adult, allegedly commits all four murders. In framing the question of nature versus nurture, Capote’s tightly documented, evocatively written account of the Clutter killings asks whether a man alone can be held responsible for his action when his environment has relentlessly neglected him.

Everyone's Favorite Harry! Tom McBeath
He portrays Alfred Stoecklein
Roy quickly realizes that he needs to readjust his thinking for Small Town, Kansas.
Mr. Clutter disapproved of his daughter's boyfriend as he was (gasp!) Catholic. The Clutters are Methodists.
Church ponders the situation.
Church and Duntz meet one of the suspect's father.
They try to convince him to tell his son to turn himself in.
   
Church reads the father's letter that was read at this son's sentencing.
It's almost poetic he thinks, while Agent Nye mocks that idea.
On the way to his execution by hanging, Dick Hickock shakes each agent's hand
He has no hard feelings, because he's off to a better world.
He shakes Agent Dewey's hand while Nye, Church and Duntz watch.
     
Church watches the hanging stonefaced.
We view the agents' reactions...
...through the swinging legs of Perry Smith.
 

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