Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood: A True Account of a Multiple Murder and Its Consequences is hailed as the first ever non-fiction novel. This book was first published by in 1966. In the book, Capote details the infamous murders that happened in 1959. In Holcomb, Kansas, four members of the Herbert Clutter family were murdered in cold blood. When Truman Capote found out about the quadruple murder, he decided to travel all the way to Kansas. He was determined to write about the crime long before the killers were captured by the authorities. Capote was then accompanied by his fellow author and childhood friend Harper Lee. Together, Capote and Lee interviewed the investigators and local residents in Holcomb. Six weeks after the murders, the killers named Richard Hickock and Perry Smith were arrested. Eventually, they were executed. Truman Capote spent over six years completing his book. When it was published, In Cold Blood became an instant success.
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