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The Clutter Family
Herb, Bonnie, Nancy and Kenyon

Clutter family photo: Herb and Bonnie Clutter with their children, Nancy and Kenyon
Clutter family photo: Herb and Bonnie Clutter with their children, Nancy and Kenyon
Clutter family photo
Clutter family photo
Clutter family photo: Herb and Bonnie Clutter with their children, Nancy and Kenyon
Clutter family photo: Herb and Bonnie Clutter with their children, Nancy and Kenyon

Herbert Clutter was a devout Methodist and a widely respected self-made man, who had established a very prosperous farm from modest beginnings. He employed as many as 18 farm hands, and former employees reportedly admired and respected him for his fair treatment and good wages.<BR><BR>Herbert Clutter was 48 years old when he was murdered on November 15, 1959.
Herbert Clutter was a devout Methodist and a widely respected self-made man, who had established a very prosperous farm from modest beginnings. He employed as many as 18 farm hands, and former employees reportedly admired and respected him for his fair treatment and good wages.

Herbert Clutter was 48 years old when he was murdered on November 15, 1959.
Bonnie, a member of the local garden club, had been incapacitated by clinical depression and physical ailments since the births of her children, although this characterization of her has been disputed by surviving family members.<BR><BR>Bonnie Clutter was 45 years old when she was murdered on November 15, 1959.
Bonnie, a member of the local garden club, had been incapacitated by clinical depression and physical ailments since the births of her children, although this characterization of her has been disputed by surviving family members.

Bonnie Clutter was 45 years old when she was murdered on November 15, 1959.
Nancy Clutter was an outgoing girl who loved to bake and ride her horse, Babe. She was 16 years old when she was murdered on November 15, 1959.
Nancy Clutter was an outgoing girl who loved to bake and ride her horse, Babe. She was 16 years old when she was murdered on November 15, 1959.
Kenyon Clutter, the son of Herb and Bonnie Clutter, was a responsible young man who did well in school and played for his school basketball team. He was 15 yars old when he was murdered on November 15, 1959.
Kenyon Clutter, the son of Herb and Bonnie Clutter, was a responsible young man who did well in school and played for his school basketball team. He was 15 yars old when he was murdered on November 15, 1959.




Richard "Dick" Hickock and Perry Smith

Richard Eugene Hickock was born on June 6, 1931. Although Hickock would always claim that his partner, Perry Smith, murdered the Clutter family, Hickock and Smith were both convicted, and died on the gallows in Kansas on April 14, 1965.
Richard Eugene Hickock was born on June 6, 1931. Although Hickock would always claim that his partner, Perry Smith, murdered the Clutter family, Hickock and Smith were both convicted, and died on the gallows in Kansas on April 14, 1965.
Richard Eugene Hickock was born on June 6, 1931. Although Hickock would always claim that his partner, Perry Smith, murdered the Clutter family, Hickock and Smith were both convicted, and died on the gallows in Kansas on April 14, 1965.
Richard Eugene Hickock was born on June 6, 1931. Although Hickock would always claim that his partner, Perry Smith, murdered the Clutter family, Hickock and Smith were both convicted, and died on the gallows in Kansas on April 14, 1965.
Richard Eugene Hickock was born on June 6, 1931. Although Hickock would always claim that his partner, Perry Smith, murdered the Clutter family, Hickock and Smith were both convicted, and died on the gallows in Kansas on April 14, 1965.
Richard Eugene Hickock was born on June 6, 1931. Although Hickock would always claim that his partner, Perry Smith, murdered the Clutter family, Hickock and Smith were both convicted, and died on the gallows in Kansas on April 14, 1965.
Richard Eugene Hickock was born on June 6, 1931. Although Hickock would always claim that his partner, Perry Smith, murdered the Clutter family, Hickock and Smith were both convicted, and died on the gallows in Kansas on April 14, 1965.
Richard Eugene Hickock was born on June 6, 1931. Although Hickock would always claim that his partner, Perry Smith, murdered the Clutter family, Hickock and Smith were both convicted, and died on the gallows in Kansas on April 14, 1965.
March, 1960: Kansas State Prison photo of Richard Eugene Hickock
March, 1960: Kansas State Prison photo of Richard Eugene Hickock
Fingerprint card for Richard Eugene Hickock
Fingerprint card for Richard Eugene Hickock

Perry Edward Smith was born on October 27, 1928. Smith claimed in his oral confession that Hickock murdered Bonnie and Nancy Clutter. When asked to sign his confession, however, Smith refused. According to Truman Capote, he wanted to accept responsibility for all four killings because, he said, he was "sorry for Dick's mother."<BR><BR>Smith and Hickock died on the gallows at Kansas State Prison on April 14, 1965.
Perry Edward Smith was born on October 27, 1928. Smith claimed in his oral confession that Hickock murdered Bonnie and Nancy Clutter. When asked to sign his confession, however, Smith refused. According to Truman Capote, he wanted to accept responsibility for all four killings because, he said, he was "sorry for Dick's mother."

Smith and Hickock died on the gallows at Kansas State Prison on April 14, 1965.
Perry Smith after arrest
Perry Smith after arrest
Perry Smith claimed in his oral confession that his partner, Dick Hickock murdered Bonnie and Nancy Clutter. When asked to sign his confession, however, Smith refused. According to Truman Capote, he wanted to accept responsibility for all four killings because, he said, he was "sorry for Dick's mother."<BR><BR>Smith and Hickock died on the gallows at Kansas State Prison on April 14, 1965.
Perry Smith claimed in his oral confession that his partner, Dick Hickock murdered Bonnie and Nancy Clutter. When asked to sign his confession, however, Smith refused. According to Truman Capote, he wanted to accept responsibility for all four killings because, he said, he was "sorry for Dick's mother."

Smith and Hickock died on the gallows at Kansas State Prison on April 14, 1965.
Perry Smith claimed in his oral confession that his partner, Dick Hickock murdered Bonnie and Nancy Clutter. When asked to sign his confession, however, Smith refused. According to Truman Capote, he wanted to accept responsibility for all four killings because, he said, he was "sorry for Dick's mother."<BR><BR>Smith and Hickock died on the gallows at Kansas State Prison on April 14, 1965.
Perry Smith claimed in his oral confession that his partner, Dick Hickock murdered Bonnie and Nancy Clutter. When asked to sign his confession, however, Smith refused. According to Truman Capote, he wanted to accept responsibility for all four killings because, he said, he was "sorry for Dick's mother."

Smith and Hickock died on the gallows at Kansas State Prison on April 14, 1965.
Kansas State Prison photo of Perry Edward Smith
Kansas State Prison photo of Perry Edward Smith
Fingerprint card for Perry Edward Smith
Fingerprint card for Perry Edward Smith

Perry Smith and Richard Hickock mugshots. Hickock's is dated March, 1958.
Perry Smith and Richard Hickock mugshots. Hickock's is dated March, 1958.
Dick Hickock and Perry Smith after arrest
Dick Hickock and Perry Smith after arrest
The gallows at Kansas State Prison, where Dick Hickock and Perry Smith were hanged on April 14, 1965.
The gallows at Kansas State Prison, where Dick Hickock and Perry Smith were hanged on April 14, 1965.




The Clutter house and Crime Scenes

The road leading to the Clutter home
The road leading to the Clutter home
After driving across the state of Kansas on November 14, 1959, Hickock and Smith located the Clutter home and entered while the family slept.
After driving across the state of Kansas on November 14, 1959, Hickock and Smith located the Clutter home and entered while the family slept.
Living room in the Clutter home
Living room in the Clutter home
Living room in the Clutter home
Living room in the Clutter home
Kitchen in the Clutter home
Kitchen in the Clutter home
Bedroom of Herb Clutter
Bedroom of Herb Clutter
Upper story of the Clutter family home
Upper story of the Clutter family home
Bedroom of Bonnie Clutter
Bedroom of Bonnie Clutter
Bedroom of 16-year-old Nancy Clutter, where she was murdered on November 15, 1959.
Bedroom of 16-year-old Nancy Clutter, where she was murdered on November 15, 1959.
Basement of the Clutter family home, where the bodies of Herb and Kenyon Clutter were found
Basement of the Clutter family home, where the bodies of Herb and Kenyon Clutter were found
Basement of the Clutter family home, where the bodies of Herb and Kenyon Clutter were found.<BR><BR>Herb Clutter had been hanged from an overhead pipe. His throat was slit and he was then shot. Kenyon Clutter was put onto a sofa with a pillow under his head, and was then shot in the head.
Basement of the Clutter family home, where the bodies of Herb and Kenyon Clutter were found.

Herb Clutter had been hanged from an overhead pipe. His throat was slit and he was then shot. Kenyon Clutter was put onto a sofa with a pillow under his head, and was then shot in the head.
The body of Herb Clutter in the basement of the Clutter home. He had been hanged from an overhead pipe, his throat was slit and he was then shot. After the murder, his body was placed on a mattress on the floor.
The body of Herb Clutter in the basement of the Clutter home. He had been hanged from an overhead pipe, his throat was slit and he was then shot. After the murder, his body was placed on a mattress on the floor.
The body of Herb Clutter in the basement of the Clutter home. He had been hanged from an overhead pipe, his throat was slit and he was then shot. After the murder, his body was placed on a mattress on the floor.<BR><BR>A boot print left on the floor beside the body would later be matched to boots owned by Perry Smith.
The body of Herb Clutter in the basement of the Clutter home. He had been hanged from an overhead pipe, his throat was slit and he was then shot. After the murder, his body was placed on a mattress on the floor.

A boot print left on the floor beside the body would later be matched to boots owned by Perry Smith.
The body of Herb Clutter in the basement of the Clutter home. He had been hanged from an overhead pipe, his throat was slit and he was then shot. After the murder, his body was placed on a mattress on the floor.<BR><BR>A boot print left on the floor beside the body would later be matched to boots owned by Perry Smith.
The body of Herb Clutter in the basement of the Clutter home. He had been hanged from an overhead pipe, his throat was slit and he was then shot. After the murder, his body was placed on a mattress on the floor.

A boot print left on the floor beside the body would later be matched to boots owned by Perry Smith.
The body of 15-year-old Kenyon Clutter in the basement of the Clutter home. He had been put on a sofa with a pillow, then was shot in the head.
The body of 15-year-old Kenyon Clutter in the basement of the Clutter home. He had been put on a sofa with a pillow, then was shot in the head.
Exterior of the Clutter home
Exterior of the Clutter home




Evidence

Boot belonging to Perry Smith. A bloody print from the boot had been left beside the body of Herb Clutter in the basement of the Clutter house.
Boot belonging to Perry Smith. A bloody print from the boot had been left beside the body of Herb Clutter in the basement of the Clutter house.
The knife used by Perry Smith to slit the throat of Herb Clutter as Clutter hung from a pipe in the basement of the Clutter house on November 15, 1959.
The knife used by Perry Smith to slit the throat of Herb Clutter as Clutter hung from a pipe in the basement of the Clutter house on November 15, 1959.
The knife and shotgun used in the Clutter family murders
The knife and shotgun used in the Clutter family murders
The car used by Dick Hickock and Perry Smith as they drove across Kansas and then to the Clutter home
The car used by Dick Hickock and Perry Smith as they drove across Kansas and then to the Clutter home
The stolen lisence plate on the car used by Dick Hickock and Perry Smith as they drove across Kansas and then to the Clutter home
The stolen lisence plate on the car used by Dick Hickock and Perry Smith as they drove across Kansas and then to the Clutter home




The Clutter Family Funerals and Graves

The funerals of Herb, Bonnie, Nancy and Kenyon Clutter. They are buried at Valley View Cemetery in Garden City, Kansas.
The funerals of Herb, Bonnie, Nancy and Kenyon Clutter. They are buried at Valley View Cemetery in Garden City, Kansas.
The funerals of Herb, Bonnie, Nancy and Kenyon Clutter. They are buried at Valley View Cemetery in Garden City, Kansas.
The funerals of Herb, Bonnie, Nancy and Kenyon Clutter. They are buried at Valley View Cemetery in Garden City, Kansas.
The graves of Herb, Bonnie, Nancy and Kenyon Clutter. They are buried at Valley View Cemetery in Garden City, Kansas.
The graves of Herb, Bonnie, Nancy and Kenyon Clutter. They are buried at Valley View Cemetery in Garden City, Kansas.
The grave of Nancy Clutter at Valley View Cemetery in Garden City, Kansas.
The grave of Nancy Clutter at Valley View Cemetery in Garden City, Kansas.
The grave of Kenyon Clutter at Valley View Cemetery in Garden City, Kansas.
The grave of Kenyon Clutter at Valley View Cemetery in Garden City, Kansas.