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manifested itself in bad relationships with women. Dick was forced to separate from his first wife Carol, whom he truly loved, in order to “do the right thing by another young lady, the mother of his youngest child” (131). Dick despised his second wife and never recovered fully from the pain of having to leave his first wife. Capote has a definite reason for devoting so much space in his book to the lives of the killers, as he regards the killers’ previous lives as one of the chief motives for the murders. Because of these things, it is not unreasonable for the reader to wonder if the real driving force behind Dick and Perry’s seemingly senseless murders was to get back at people in their past. F or Dick, as revenge against his second wife and for Perry as revenge against

his father. Another discomforting aspect of “In Cold Blood” was the fact that Capote informed the reader of exactly what the killers were thinking during and immediately following the murders. It is disturbing to the reader, who feels that these criminals have just committed an unspeakable crime, that the criminals place no value on human life and consequently, are more concerned with getting caught than with their guilty consciences. While Perry is reading an account of the murder two days after it happened in the Kansas City Star, Perry is more concerned with the money aspects of the Clutter funeral than anything else. Perry remarks, “A thousand people…He wondered how much the funeral had cost. Money was greatly on his mind” (96). Perry seems to have no remorse for

his actions, whatsoever. Dick, too, showed very little concern over his participation in the murder of four people. After Perry’s concern that they might be caught for the murders, Dick says, “‘Deal me out, baby. I’m a normal.’ And Dick meant what he said. He thought of himself as balanced, as sane as anyone- -maybe a bit smarter than the average fellow, that’s all” (108). After Hickock and Smith had been in prison and were now facing their own deaths, they still had little value of even their own lives. As Smith was being brought into the workhouse were he was to be hanged, he recognized Alvin Dewey, the lead investigator of the Kansas Bureau of Investigation for the Clutter case. Smith “grinned and winked at Dewey; jaunty and mischievous” (340). After the

chaplain finished his prayer for Smith’s soul, “the prisoner spat his chewing gum into the chaplain’s outstretched palm” (340). Furthermore, Hickock sees it as another day when one of the inmates whom he had become friendly with while on Death Row hung. Hickock remarks, “Old Andy, he danced a long time. They must have had a real mess to clean up” (331). Over the six years that elapsed from the murder of the Clutter’s to the death of Hickock and Smith, interviews show that Capote spent much time with these criminals, talking with them and observing their behavior. Capote is definitely convinced that these two men were products of the anger, rage, and isolation they felt from a very early age. The author of this paper believes that this was one of the main

contributors to their low emphasis on human life, including their own, and therefore what enabled them to take the lives of four innocent people. Capote’s emphasis on the lives of the criminals and how their lives related to their actions is what makes “In Cold Blood” disturbing to the reader. While Capote became somewhat friendly with the two killers, he, too, was disturbed by some of their thinking. Shortly after their executions, Capote admitted to having become an alcoholic and an addict of tranquilizers to help him deal with the stress. The murder story, “In Cold Blood,” by Truman Capote truly gives a new meaning to the term gut-wrenching through its unconventional retelling of events and its possible motives passed in childhood.