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Posted by: Ryan Zink (ID *****6772) Date: July 06, 2009 at 12:22:57
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Brother of 'In Cold Blood' Victim Dies

LARNED - Longtime Larned resident Arthur Clutter, whose last name became widely known because of a terrible tragedy one November night in 1959, died Saturday at Hutchinson Hospital. Clutter, 81, was a farmer and also a retired electrical contractor and owner of Clutter Electric, Larned. His brother, Herbert Clutter, along with Herb's wife Bonnie and their two youngest children, Nancy and Kenyon, were murdered in their rural Holcomb farmhouse nearly 38 years ago. The bodies of the slain family were discovered on the morning of Sunday, Nov. 15, 1959. Word of the tragedy in Finney County was relayed by a church usher to Art Clutter, he "got in the car and took right out for Garden City," recalled Art Clutter's wife, Doris, in an interview last year. The Clutter murders and the conviction and execution of Richard Hickock and Perry Smith became the subject of Truman Capote's classic, "In Cold Blood." The book was published in 1965, and a movie followed in 1967. In an interview last year, Art Clutter said he had neither read the book nor watched the movie. But he planned to watch a made-for-television remake of "In Cold Blood" that debuted in November 1996. "People keep talking about closure. I told Art the other day that this might be good for him," Doris Clutter said in an interview before the broadcast of the television movie. An obituary for Clutter appears on Page A6.

The Hutchinson News, Hutchinson, KS

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