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Episode 425: The Clutter Family Murders

Episode 425: The Clutter Family Murders

Update: 2023-02-0115


In 1959 the state of Kansas was absolutely shocked to find that one of its most prominent and well-liked families, The Clutters, had been murdered. Richard Hickock and Perry Smith, two convicts that had recently been released from prison were the ones responsible. Both had been told by a fellow inmate while incarcerated that the Clutter family had a large amount of cash stashed in a safe on their property. The two broke into the family home and searched for the safe, they then woke up the family when they couldn't find it, tortured and murdered them one by one. 

thank you to exquisite David White for research assistance 


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Comments (4)

Paige Harmeyer

In Cold Blood is on my TBR list!

Feb 11th
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Jacci Webster

We had to read 'In Cold Blood' in high school. I am a native Kansan and am closer to Alaina's age. I know a part of the controversy was with Capote being gay and his portrayal of the relationship between Dick and Perry being one more of admiration or even desire versus what it actually was.

Feb 5th

Melvin Dodson

this is great

Feb 2nd








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Episode 425: The Clutter Family Murders

Episode 425: The Clutter Family Murders