Biographer of To Kill a Mockingbird author finds unsigned piece on quadruple murder at centre of Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood.
The piece was written for the March 1960 issue of the Grapevine – a magazine for FBI professionals – just months before she was to publish her classic novel To Kill a Mockingbird.
It was unsigned but Shields’s detective work uncovered evidence which appears to confirm its true authorship.
The article was about the gruesome murder of Herb and Bonnie Clutter and their teenage children Nancy and Kenyon at their farmhouse in Kansas.
Lee accompanied her childhood friend Truman Capote on his assignment for the New Yorker – reporting on how the community was reacting to the brutal murders.
(ed:..lee and capote were childhood friends..?..that is kinda cool..eh..?..what are the odds against two of the best writers meeting/knowing each other in such a way..?..)