Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

Bodies of ‘In Cold Blood’ Killers Exhumed, Samples Taken

The bodies of Richard Hickock and Perry Smith, the men convicted and executed for the infamous November 1959 Clutter family massacre in Kansas that formed the basis for Truman Capote’s award-winning novel In Cold Blood, have been exhumed and bone sample taken in an effort to solve a 1959 cold case in Sarasota County Florida.

‘In Cold Blood’ Killers Suspected in Cold Case of Florida Family Massacre

Two convicted — and executed — killers are now back on the suspect list for the December 9, 1959, murders of the Walker family of Sarasota, Florida. The men, Perry Smith and Richard Hickock, were hanged for the notorious November 15 Clutter family killings in Kansas that occurred during the same year.

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