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Kansas exhumes bodies of 'In Cold Blood' killers

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CORRECTS SPELLING OF LAST NAME OF PERSON ON LEFT TO HICKOCK INSTEAD OF HITCHCOCK - This combo made from file photos shows Richard Hickock, left, and Perry Smith, the two men hanged for the Nov. 15, 1959 murders of Herb and Bonnie Clutter and their children in Holcomb, Kan. that became infamous in Truman Capote's true-crime book "In Cold Blood." Their remains were exhumed Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012, in an effort to solve the slayings of a Florida family killed six weeks later.

 

The Kansas City Star

 

Posted on Tue, Dec. 18, 2012 12:54 PM

 

 

Kansas exhumes bodies of 'In Cold Blood' killers

 

 

By JOHN HANNA

 

 

Associated Press

 

 

LANSING, Kan. -- The bodies of the two men executed for the 1959 murders of a Kansas family that became infamous in Truman Capote's true-crime book "In Cold Blood" were exhumed Tuesday in an effort to solve slayings of a Florida family killed weeks later.

Kyle Smith, deputy director of the Kansas Bureau of Investigation, said bone fragments were collected from the skeletal remains of Richard Hickock and Perry Smith, who were hanged for the murders of Herb and Bonnie Clutter and their children in Holcomb, Kan., on Nov. 15, 1959.

The fragments were collected at the request of a Sarasota County Sheriff's detective, who has been trying to determine whether Hickock and Perry Smith were responsible for the deaths of Cliff and Christine Walker and their two young children on Dec. 19, 1959, in their home in Osprey, about four hours northwest of Miami near Sarasota. Smith and Hickock fled to Florida after the Clutter murders. Hickock and Perry Smith have been considered suspects in the Walker slayings since Scissors-32x32.png

 

 

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