»For years, Alvin Dewey insisted that In Cold Blood was factual, and the humble lawman’s stamp of approval was evinced, by those who were inclined to believe the book, as a badge of its accuracy. He had furnished Capote with the access and materials to tell the true parts of his story, and had permitted the author to stretch the truth, in making, of Dewey, a hero. He was, in this subtle sense, a co-conspirator.«
Patrick Radden Keefe
Patrick Radden Keefe about Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood and question about the image of Alvin Dewey, the lead detective in this case. Read the essay at The New Yorker.
Read also: Capote Classic ‚In Cold Blood‘ Tainted by Long-Lost Files. By Kevin Helliker. At The Wall Street Journal.
»Looked at in this way, it isn’t hard to see why In Cold Blood so completely shattered Capote: in Perry Smith, and his check-kiting partner in crime Richard Hickock, Capote was encountering his nightmare image of himself, what he could become if he ever lost his chameleon-like talent.«
‘God, Let Me Be Loved’: The Tragedy of Truman Capote. A portrait by Michael Bourne at The Millions.
»Questions about the accuracy of In Cold Blood, the seminal 1966 “nonfiction novel” by Truman Capote, are nothing new. (…) Two recent developments, however, shed a particularly troubling light on Capote’s account of the 1959 murders of four members of the Clutter family in Holcomb, Kan. «
New evidence suggests Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood covers up an investigator’s goof that might have let the murderers kill again. Laura Miller reports at Salon.