Sunday, February 26, 2012

The Clutter Family

"Jolene K. came over and I showed her how to make a cherry pie. Practiced with Roxie. Bobby here and we watched TV. Left at eleven."

(The final entry in Nancy Clutter's diary, written an hour or two before she, her brother, her mother, and her father were slaughtered November 15, 1959 in Holcomb, Kansas.)

Truman Capote learned of the slaying when a small article in the New York Times caught his eye (and imagination), whereupon he traveled to Kansas with Harper Lee (his childhood friend and author of To Kill a Mockingbird) and began work on a book, what most consider his magnum opus, In Cold Blood.