The small town of Holcomb, Kansas is rocked by the murder of the prominent and beloved Clutter family. The brutal crime is committed with no apparent motive and no clear suspect. Truman Capote recreates the murder, investigation, trial and execution of the murders.
The book begins with the murders of the Clutters. The quiet town of holcom becomes the center of attention, and residents become paranoid that they might be the next targets of the murderers. Alvin Dewey, a resident of Holcomb, is on the investigation.
Capote follows the investigation and recreates what the killers did in the mean time. He follows them as they return to their parents house and then leave for travels to Mexico and Las Vegas where they are eventually caught and brought to justice.
A trial is held in Holcomb and the murders, Dick and Perry, are found guilty. Their reason for the murder was because they heard in prison that the Clutters had money, but were disappointed when there was nothing but pocket change in the house.
Capote follows the murders to death row until their hanging, painting an emotional protrait of the murder.
This report prepared by Pat Sommer