Inmate case files for Clutter murderers online

Richard Adler, left, a forensic psychiatrist from Seattle, talks to Kirk Thompson, right, director of the Kansas Bureau of Investigation, following a Kansas judge's ruling preventing use of records held by a deceased KBI agent for the multiple murder case that inspired the book "In Cold Blood," Tuesday, April 23, 2013, in Topeka, Kan. Adler, who's interested in the case, has seen some of the materials, and the legal dispute is over whether they still belong to the KBI. (AP File Photo/John Hanna)

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Historical Society says the inmate case files for the two men charged in the infamous “In Cold Blood” murders are online.

The Historical Society says in a release that the files for Richard Eugene Hickock and Perry Edward Smith have been added to Kansas Memory, the Historical Society’s online archives of photographs, manuscripts and government records.

Hickock and Smith were convicted of the 1959 murders of Herb and Bonnie Clutter, their daughter, Nancy, and son, Kenyon, at their home in Holcomb. The murders inspired the Truman Capote’s book “In Cold Blood.” Hickock and Smith were executed by hanging in 1965.

The case files contain correspondence with prison officials and family, clemency petitions and legal documents, as well as their last meal requests and execution witness lists.

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