Millions of people are killed every year. What do you think made the Clutter murders special enough or interesting enough to merit an entire book about them?
A set of murders that stoke the fears of ordinary Americans, the sort of people who often blame murder victims for being in the wrong place at the wrong time, is something that can lure in readers, as can the image of the Clutters as the "perfect" American family. Discussion should focus on the fear of motiveless killers that the Clutter case plays on.
Capote keeps returning to the townsfolk of Holcomb and their views on the case. How would you describe the shifting mood of the Kansans?
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