Part 9 (final) excerpted from “And Every Word Is True” — A Sequel to Truman Capote’s “In Cold Blood”

KBI Clutter Murder Display — Photo © 2018 Mali Sastri. All rights reserved.

November 15, 2019 marks the 60th anniversary of the 1959 Clutter family murders in western Kansas, and in a nine-part series of excerpts appearing exclusively on Medium, author Gary McAvoy presents compelling new details of a murder investigation that continues to fascinate readers of Capote’s masterwork, adding new perspectives to the classic tale of an iconic American crime.


Part 8 excerpted from “And Every Word Is True” — A Sequel to Truman Capote’s “In Cold Blood”

November 15, 2019 marks the 60th anniversary of the 1959 Clutter family murders in western Kansas, and in a nine-part series of excerpts appearing exclusively on Medium, author Gary McAvoy presents compelling new details of a murder investigation that continues to fascinate readers of Capote’s masterwork, adding new perspectives to the classic tale of an iconic American crime.


Part 7 excerpted from “And Every Word Is True” — A Sequel to Truman Capote’s “In Cold Blood”

November 15, 2019 marks the 60th anniversary of the 1959 Clutter family murders in western Kansas, and in a nine-part series of excerpts appearing exclusively on Medium, author Gary McAvoy presents compelling new details of a murder investigation that continues to fascinate readers of Capote’s masterwork, adding new perspectives to the classic tale of an iconic American crime.


Part 6 excerpted from “And Every Word Is True” — A Sequel to Truman Capote’s “In Cold Blood”

Kansas Lawmen

November 15, 2019 marks the 60th anniversary of the 1959 Clutter family murders in western Kansas, and in a nine-part series of excerpts appearing exclusively on Medium, author Gary McAvoy presents compelling new details of a murder investigation that continues to fascinate readers of Capote’s masterwork, adding new perspectives to the classic tale of an iconic American crime.

Continued from Part V — Discovery

Lineup: Cops & Killers

KBI Special Agent Harold Nye

From an early age, Harold Ray Nye had set his sights on a life in law enforcement. In December 1943 he enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps. At the end of World War II, Harold…


Part 5 excerpted from “And Every Word Is True” — A Sequel to Truman Capote’s “In Cold Blood”

Continued from Part IV — Search & Seizure

Discovery

While an engrossing and superbly told story, parts of In Cold Blood have long been laid bare as exaggerated, contrived, wrong, or plainly fabricated. Of course, the author can be forgiven his immodest swaggering about the book’s being “immaculately factual” since he did produce a sensational form of narrative nonfiction journalism comprising the best elements of fiction: setting, plot, and character.

To Capote’s credit, his artful use of the phrase “non-fiction novel” in describing his new genre goes a long way toward reconciling these problems with the facts. Yet, truer facts remain.


Part 4 excerpted from “And Every Word Is True” A Sequel to Truman Capote’s “In Cold Blood”

November 15, 2019 marks the 60th anniversary of the 1959 Clutter family murders in western Kansas, and in a nine-part series of excerpts appearing exclusively on Medium, author Gary McAvoy presents compelling new details of a murder investigation that continues to fascinate readers of Capote’s masterwork, adding new perspectives to the classic tale of an iconic American crime.


Part 3 excerpted from “And Every Word Is True” — A Sequel to Truman Capote’s “In Cold Blood”

November 15, 2019 marks the 60th anniversary of the 1959 Clutter family murders in western Kansas, and in a nine-part series of excerpts appearing exclusively on Medium, author Gary McAvoy presents compelling new details of a murder investigation that continues to fascinate readers of Capote’s masterwork, adding new perspectives to the classic tale of an iconic American crime.


Part 2 excerpted from “And Every Word Is True” — A Sequel to Truman Capote’s “In Cold Blood”

Continued from Part I — Introduction

Forensics

O n November 16, 1959, a young writer in Brooklyn named Truman Capote was reading The New York Times when the headline of a brief article on page 39 caught his eye: “WEALTHY FARMER, 3 OF FAMILY SLAIN: H. W. Clutter, Wife and 2 Children Are Found Shot in Kansas Home.”

Capote, who at the time was enjoying fame as a minor literary figure after publishing Breakfast at Tiffany’s a year earlier, had been experimenting with a novelistic style of nonfiction for The New Yorker magazine, but had yet to find a subject of…


Part 1 excerpted from “And Every Word Is True”
A Sequel to Truman Capote’s “In Cold Blood”

Truman Capote’s bestselling book In Cold Blood has captivated worldwide audiences for over fifty years. It is a gripping story about the consequences of a trivial robbery gone terribly wrong in a remote village of western Kansas.

But what if robbery was not the motive at all, and perhaps something more sinister? And why would the State of Kansas launch a ruthless four-year legal battle to prevent fresh details of the state’s most famous crime from being made public, nearly 60 years after the case had been solved?

November 15, 2019 marks the 60th anniversary of the 1959 Clutter family…


Image by Maria van Bruggen

Whether we are aware of it or not, few among us are immune from using strange but commonplace idioms in our daily conversations. For example, when was the last time you “rolled down the window” in your car? Power windows became popular in 1948 and it’s pretty rare to find crank windows still being used today — yet we still “roll” them down in our speech.

Have you “dialed” a number on your smartphone lately? Or even “hung up” the phone when you’re finished with a call? There’s a clever example of this in a Youtube video where two teenagers…

Gary McAvoy

Gary McAvoy is a writer and rare manuscripts dealer, and author of “And Every Word Is True” (Literati Editions, 2019). https://www.garymcavoy.com.

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