In Cold Blood


Fugitives on the Run

NOV 15, 1959 - DEC 30, 1959

Murders of Clutter Family

NOV 15, 1959

Herbert, Bonnie, Nancy, and Kenyon Clutter are murdered in Holcomb, Kansas.

Clutter Family Funeral

NOV 17, 1959

Fugitives Arrested

DEC 30, 1959

Las Vegas police arrest Perry Smith and Richard Hickock on a Kansas warrent for passing bad checks.

Capote Interviews

JAN 1, 1960 - DEC 31, 1965

Capote interviews Richard Hickock and Perry Smith on death row at the Kansas penitentiary at Lansing.

Murderers Confess

JAN 2, 1960

Richard Hickock, followed by Perry Smith confess to the Clutter murders.

Murder Trial Begins

MAR 22, 1960 - March 29, 1960

Found Guilty

MAR 28, 1960

A jury of 12 men found Richard Hickock and Perry Smith guilty. They were sentenced to death.

Original Execution Date

MAY 13, 1960

The original exection date was postponed.

Appeals to the Kansas Supreme Court

JAN 1, 1961 - DEC 31, 1963

Lawyers for Hickock and Smith appeal the case all the way to the Kansas Supreme Court. Eventually, the U.S. Supreme Court declines to review the case

Date of Executions

APR 15, 1965

The killers are executed shortly after midnight; Hickock first, pronounced dead at 12:43 a.m.; then Smith on the same gallows at 1:22 a.m. They are buried in unmarked graves at a nearby cemetery.