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Mon June 3, 2013

'In Cold Blood' Case Files Now Online

A file from Perry Smith's clemency hearings.
A file from Perry Smith's clemency hearings.
Credit Kansas Historical Society

The inmate case files for convicted murderers Richard Eugene “Dick” Hickock and Perry Edward Smith have been added to Kansas Memory, the Kansas Historical Society’s online archives of photographs, manuscripts, and government records.

In 1959, Hickock and Smith were convicted of murdering Herb and Bonnie Clutter; their daughter, Nancy; and son, Kenyon, at the family’s home in Holcomb, Kan. The men lived on death row at the Kansas State Penitentiary in Lansing before their execution by hanging in 1965. The murders inspired Truman Capote's non-fiction novel In Cold Blood.

The case files contain correspondence with prison officials and family members, clemency petitions, newspaper articles, and legal documents. Items of interest include last meal requests, fingerprints, and execution witness lists.

See Hickock's file.

See Smith's file.