The people of the town continue to harass him for not arresting anyone yet. Herb Clutter spends his day running the ranch, supervising his employees. The next day, they arrive in Garden City, Kansas at the courthouse and both are jailed. Perry is told directly by Duntz directly he killed the Clutter family that day. Here, Cutter raised cattle and wheat, as well as four children, Eveanna, Beverly, Nancy, and Kenyon. News of this murder spread throughout the community, causing fear and outrage, as the search for the killers unfolded. When he was only sixteen, Perry joined the Merchant Marines and then the Army.
Nancy agrees to have her over that evening to help and rearranges some things in her schedule to make time. Dewey and Agent Clarence Duntz go back to the Clutter home and find a man staying there they believe to be a suspect, but instead he turns out to be an escaped mental patient occupying the place. She remains bedridden and miserable while her daughter and husband run the household. After the latters' capture, sentencing and imprisonment prior to execution, Capote researched the case thoroughly, spent weeks talking with the prisoners, Perry Smith and Richard Hickock, jurors, police, friends and neighbors, trying to unearth why such a senseless act was committed, and what society's response might have been. Dick also writes such an autobiography but is more flippant about it.
Permission was denied to film in , so interiors of the execution chambers were replicated on Hollywood sets. Once the crime was discovered, investigators zeroed in on Smith and Hickock after Frank Wells tipped them off. He obviously seeks the approval of his father the same way that he did as a young boy and he is revealed to be somewhat child-like in other way as well. Dick was 33 years old and he did not have the best character. Susan told him that she was doing well and Bobby Rupp had been married. Right after being brought up to the gallows and before hanging, he envisions the leathery and impersonal hangman looking like his father.
He writes that he shot all four victims. They are kept company by various appalling criminals. They end up picking up numerous bottles. Afterwards, police cars and ambulances arrive at the Clutter home to take away the bodies. The postmistress, Sadie Truitt, sees ambulances racing up to the Clutter farm and she discusses the situation with her daughter, another postmistress named Myrtle.
During the period, few black musicians were hired to compose scores for feature films, and Columbia Pictures initially pressed for to compose the score, but Brooks insisted on Jones. Alvin Dewey — a police officer with the Kansas Bureau of Investigation. They are both slightly drunk. Dick and Perry decide to get stockings after all but must stop at a convent to get black ones. Perry recalls that the reason he violated his parole to come to Kansas. Otto takes the pair fishing and Perry sings and plays a guitar while they drift in the waters. Dick was married twice before being jailed a few times for passing bad checks.
Bill Jensen narrates about the mundane life on death row before execution and that neither one of them would have ever done the crime alone, but together, they formed a third personality, which is the one that did it. This makes Perry remember his childhood and how his parents used to ride horses in a rodeo. His father is ill and dying of cancer. During the long trip, we simultaneously see the everyday life of the Clutter family and Perry and Dick traveling. They spent five years on Death Row, during which time they corresponded regularly with Capote and provided him with numerous interviews, as well as written accounts of their personal histories and experiences. The fact that Capote reveals the identity of the killers early on also establishes that this isn't meant to be a mystery novel.
Despondent yet relieved, he finished the last installment of the book in June of 1965, and it was set for publication that fall. Richard Brooks and Truman Capote brought technical skill to their tasks in recreating the murders, but imagination was not needed. After the killers, Richard 'Dick' Hickock and Perry Smith, were arrested six weeks after the murders, Capote interviewed them repeatedly and developed a complex relationship with the pair over the next several years. Dewey testifies later in the week and his description of what took place on the night of the murders shocks the audience and the jury. As the killers, Scott Wilson and Robert Blake were compellingly convincing. He cannot divine a motive, as there was little money in the house.
The outcome of the trial was guilty and the punishment was death by hanging the accused. At first, Dick refuses, but eventually Perry convinces him to buy stockings to conceal their identities. Perry stops in the bathroom, and his legs begin giving him pain, and he spends a long time in the bathroom. After the robbery, they plan on going to Mexico permanently to elude capture by the police. His daughter Nancy is a thriving, popular, attractive, and kind teenage girl who dreams of moving to New York and attending college.
It retells the story of the 1959 murders of the Clutter family in by a pair of drifting misfits, Dick Hickock and Perry Smith, and of the subsequent trial and execution of the killers. In Holcomb, Dewey is stressed about the case and hounded by the citizens of the town who are terrified that the killer may be someone they know and constantly call his home phone with tips about the crime. Cutter also cared for his long ailing wife, Bonnie. Dewey and Bill Jensen are back at the Clutter home still trying to find out the motive of the murders. Once out of prison, Hickock contacted Smith, his former cellmate, and they put the plan in motion. Before they are caught, Dick and Perry steal a car, return to Kansas City, pass more hot checks, and take up residence in Miami.