In Cold Blood was the book that made Truman Capote famous. Upon publication it quickly rose to best-seller status and is still one of the all-time best-selling true crime books. A year after the book was released an award-winning movie adaptation premiered which only added to Capote’s stardom.
I’ve seen the film In Cold Blood. It’s an excellent movie which gets better with each new viewing. I’ve had the In Cold Blood novel sitting on one of my many to-be-read book shelves for years. After reading April Snellings’ 7 Chilling Facts About Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood posted at Mental Floss, I’ve decided to finally read Capote’s book. Before you click over to Snellings’ piece, here are my three favorite facts from her piece and my thoughts on each.
HARPER LEE WAS INSTRUMENTAL IN RESEARCHING IN COLD BLOOD. (That’s right, the author of To Kill a Mockingbird traveled with Truman Capote to Holcomb, Kansas and assisted Capote in getting access to people with for background info for the book! Harper Lee was Capote’s assistant! – Craig)
A FIGHT OVER THE FILM RIGHTS TO IN COLD BLOOD GOT TRUMAN CAPOTE’S AGENT ARRESTED FOR ASSAULT. (Capote’s agent was Irving “Swifty” Lazar! Lazar also represented Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, Cary Grant, Ernest Hemmingway, Cher and Richard Nixon to name just a few. When Otto Preminger learned that Lazar had sold the rights to someone else, they got into a heated argument. Preminger ended up with a busted head and a trip to the hospital. Lazar ended up with charges for felony assault! Read Snellings’ account for full details! – Craig)
THE MEN RESPONSIBLE FOR THE MURDERS DETAILED IN IN COLD BLOOD ARE SUSPECTED OF KILLING A FLORIDA FAMILY AFTER THEY FLED KANSAS. (I had never heard this fact before. Sounds like there could be another book in the making! – Craig)