55th anniversary of Clutter Family murders Saturday

HOLCOMB, Kansas – Saturday marked the 55th anniversary of the Clutter Family murders.

A Holcomb farmer and his wife and two children were killed in their home by two ex-convicts who were trying to rob the home.

The story gained national attention and led to the book and movie, “In Cold Blood.”

Duane West, the prosecuting attorney in the case, recalls the day he heard that the suspects had been caught.

“It felt like a hundred pound weight had been taken from my shoulders, that night when I got that call. It had a profound effect, everybody was very relieved that they’d been arrested and we had a solution,” said West.

The killers were found guilty and sentenced to death.

The prosecutor said most people in town weren’t around for the tragedy and are more familiar with the novel than the actual events

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