He employed as many as 18 farmhands, and former employees stated they admired and respected him for his fair treatment and good wages.
Clutter’s four children (three daughters and one son) were also widely respected in the community.
Hickock was executed first and pronounced dead at a.m. Smith followed shortly after and was pronounced dead at a.m.
The gallows used in their executions now forms part of the collections of the Kansas State Historical Society.
Hickock and Smith left the crime scene with a small portable radio, a pair of binoculars, and less than fifty dollars in cash.
Smith later claimed in his oral confession that Hickock murdered the two women.
The elder daughters, Eveanna and Beverly, had moved out of their parents’ home to start their own lives.
The two younger children, Nancy, 16, and Kenyon, 15, were high school students living at home.
The form of the book is what Capote himself called a “nonfiction novel” (Norden: 1987, p.
111) because it was based on a long process of gathering all kinds of factual evidence to build up into a narrative about what happened on that fateful day.