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Episode 425: The Clutter Family Murders
In 1959 the state of Kansas was absolutely shocked to find that one of its most prominent and well-liked families, The Clutters, had been murdered. Richard Hickock and Perry Smith, two convicts that had recently been released from prison were the ones responsible. Both had been told by a fellow inmate while incarcerated that the Clutter family had a large amount of cash stashed in a safe on their property. The two broke into the family home and searched for the safe, they then woke up the family when they couldn't find it, tortured and murdered them one by one.  thank you to exquisite David White for research assistance  References Capital Wire Service. 1959. "Two Itinerant Laborers Held for Murder Quiz." Topeka Daily Capital, November 20. Capote, Truman. 1965. "In Cold Blood." The New Yorker, September 25. Cowan, Carole. 2005. "Persons Unknown." New York Times, Jan 23: F6. Garden City Telegram. 1965. "Last Words Attack Capital Punishment." Garden City Telegram, April 14: 1. Gonsalves, Antone. 1984. "25 years later, 'In Cold Blood' murders still haunt." United Press International, November 11. Greer, Bob. 1959. "Clutter Family Murders." Garden City Telegram, November 16: 1. Hegeman, Roxana. 2009. "The Stains of In Cold Blood Still Fresh 50 Years Later." Guelph Mercury, November 10. Hickock, Richard. 1960. "Spectre of Noose Haunts Prisoner." Topeka Daily Capital, March 25. Kalbfleisch, Gay. 1959. "Empty Shell Cases, Fatal Shot Found." Topeka Daily Capital, November 19: 1. Keglovitts, Sally J. 2004. "In Cold Blood Revisited: A Look Back at an American." Federal Probation: A Journal of Correctional Philosophy and Practice 68 (1). Kull, Ron. 1960. "Crime Plans Listed." Topeka Daily Capital, 03 24: 1. —. 1960. "'They'll Both Get the Rope'." Topeka State Journal, March 23: 1. —. 1960. "'Wells Was to Get Cut,' Says Hickock." Topeka State Journal, March 26. McAvoy, Gary. 2019. And Every Word is True. Bremerton, WA: Literati Editions. New York Times. 1959. "Wealthy Farmer, 3 of Family Slain." New York Times, November 16: 39. State Journal News Services. 1960. "Jury Tours Clutter Farm; Death Asked." Topeka State Journal, March 23. State of Kansas vs. Hickock & Smith. 1961. 363 P.2d 541 (Supreme Court of Kansas, July 8). Time Magazine. 1960. "Kansas: The Killers." Time Magazine, January 18. Topeka State Journal. 1965. "Clutter Case Reporter Finds Relief in End of Long Story." Topeka State Journal, April 14: 1. United Press International. 1959. "Fear, Grief Follow Murder Shock." Topeka Daily Capital, November 16: 1. See Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at
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New York Times Opinion
First Person: How the Left Is Cannibalizing Its Own Power
Ezra is out sick, so today, we're sharing an episode from the New York Times Opinion podcast, “First Person.” Each week, the host Lulu Garcia-Navarro sits down with people living through the headlines for intimate and surprising conversations that help us make sense of our complicated world. This episode features Maurice Mitchell, the head of the Working Families Party. Mitchell has been an organizer for two decades, working in progressive politics and the Movement for Black Lives. In recent years, he’s watched progressive organizations torn apart by internal battles in the wake of #MeToo and B.L.M. Now he is speaking out about how he sees purity politics and a misplaced focus on identity derailing the left. You can find transcripts (posted midday) and more information for all episodes at The episode was produced by Wyatt Orme, with help from Derek Arthur. It was edited by Stephanie Joyce and Kaari Pitkin. Mixing by Sonia Herrero and Isaac Jones. Original music by Isaac Jones, Sonia Herrero, Pat McCusker and Carole Sabouraud. Fact-checking by Mary Marge Locker and Kate Sinclair. The rest of the “First Person” team includes Anabel Bacon, Olivia Natt, Rhiannon Corby, Sophia Alvarez Boyd, Derek Arthur and Jillian Weinberger. Special thanks to Kristina Samulewski, Shannon Busta, Allison Benedikt, Annie-Rose Strasser and Katie Kingsbury.
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