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In Cold Blood House Catches Fire

KSCB News - August 23, 2011 8:16 am

Firefighters contained a small fire at a
rural southwest Kansas farmhouse where four family members were
killed in 1959, sparking Truman Capote to write the critically
acclaimed book "In Cold Blood."
Garden City Fire Chief Allen Shelton says the fire started
Sunday night in an upstairs bedroom, most likely after a cigarette
was left unattended. Firefighters were able to contain the blaze to
a chair in the room, but the rest of the house sustained some smoke
and water damage.
The Holcomb home was the scene of the horrific slayings of
Herbert Clutter, a prominent farmer and community leader, and his
wife, Bonnie Mae Fox, along with their children, 15-year-old Kenyon
and 16-year-old Nancy.
The hunt for their killers mesmerized the nation, drawing
journalists from across the country.

 

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