Study Guide

In Cold Blood Characters

By Truman Capote

Perry Smith

When we meet Perry Smith, he's a thief on parole from the Kansas State Penitentiary, an idealist...

Dick Hickock

If we readers are left with some mixed feelings about Perry Smith, we sure aren't conflicted...

Herb Clutter

The killing of the well-liked and respected Clutter family was a complete mystery. According to...

Bonnie Clutter

Bonnie is Herb's wife of 5 years. She's a reclusive, anxious person who's suffered from...

Nancy Clutter

Nancy is the youngest of Herb and Bonnie Clutter. Nancy's known as the Town Sweetheart, and in...

Kenyon Clutter

The youngest and only son of Herb and Bonnie Clutter, Kenyon's the least developed character in...

The Investigators of the Kansas Bureau of Investigation (KBI)

Special Investigator Dewey is a family man. He has a wife, Maria, and two young sons, Alvin Jr....

Walter and Mrs. Hickock

Dick's parents are poor farmers living in a shabby but well-kept house. Mrs. Hickock describes...

Tex John Smith

Most of what we know about Perry's father comes from a letter he wrote to the Kansas parole...

Floyd Wells

Floyd provides the tip that cracks the Clutter case when he tells prison authorities about his...

Minor Characters

A fellow death row inmate, a "nice boy" who calmly murdered his parents and called the police....