State tried to block investigative files on Clutter murders

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April 8, 2019 - 10:07 AM

The Clutter family home in Holcomb. CREDIT THE CLUTTER FAMILY HOME IN HOLCOMB, KANSAS. CREDIT SPACINI AT ENGLISH WIKIPEDIA / WIKIPEDIA COMMONS

Kansas will have to cough up more than $168,000 in legal fees over its attempt to prevent the publication of investigative files related to the murders portrayed in Truman’ Capote’s book “In Cold Blood.”

The book, which Capote called a nonfiction novel, brought decades of attention to the slayings of four members of the Clutter family in their Holcomb, Kansas, home in 1959.

The Kansas Court of Appeals last week ruled the state owes the legal fees because of its conduct six years ago when it sought to block the sale of private notebooks kept by one of the lead investigators in the case, the late Harold Nye of the Kansas Bureau of Investigation. 

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