COMMENTATOR talks about the sensational multiple murder which took place on the Clutter farm at Holcomb, Kansas on November 1959, and how Truman Capote revisited Holcomb and nearby Garden City after publishing his famous book 'In Cold Blood' which related the story of the murders.
TRANSCRIPT: CAROTE:- "I always had a certain feeling of great sadness because of the events that had happened here, and the book that I was writing, and what I was trying to do. And yet coming back here has a strange quality of nostalgia as though you were revisiting an old home town. The whole experience to me was a very enlargening one, because I came to know and feel I understood a whole kind of world that was really new and alien to me; and by coming to know it so well I feel that it enlarged me as a person and as an artist. What effect I had on Western Kansas I have no idea."
POSTMISTRESS:- "Really you hear so many different ones express their opinion, and some of them really would like to be for it, and some are again (sic) it, I know that. They think that it kind of lowered the boom on this town, but I don't see how it hurts any. It needs a lost of cleaning up to my notions (distorted). They think this will always be marred, somehow like Jesse James' town.
DOOLEY:- "Knowing the people in this community like I do, I was amazed that Truman could describe them as he did in such a short time and be so accurate. It's like he knew them all his life".
MRS DOOLEY:- "I think the greatest thing and the only good that came out of this horrible, horrible situation of the Clutters' being murdered, is that Truman Capote came here to write the story of their lives. And I think he has done a remarkable job.
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Background: COMMENTATOR talks about the sensational multiple murder which took place on the Clutter farm at Holcomb, Kansas on November 1959, and how Truman Capote revisited Holcomb and nearby Garden City after publishing his famous book 'In Cold Blood' which related the story of the murders. He goes on to describe how the two murderers, Richard Hickock and Perry Smith were arrested, tried and later hanged.
COMMENTATOR describes the sensation caused by 'In Cold Blood' in Finney County, where the events took place. He goes on to say that the former Holcomb postmistress, who figures in the book, is still as outspoken as she had been portrayed.
COMMENTATOR said that Alvin and Marie Dooley were major characters in the book. Dooley was the detective in charge of the case.
COMMENTATOR said that there was no book shop in Garden City but the Drugstore which sold books had never sold as many books as 'In Cold Blood' Opinion in Finney County was divided about the book.
COMMENTATOR continued that in spite of the controversy Truman Capote was given a warm welcome at an autograph tea in the Garden City Library
NAT SOF People talking to Capote as they get their copies of the book autographed
COMMENTATOR talked about the fame of Capote and his book in W.Kansas