Study Guide

Walter and Mrs. Hickock in In Cold Blood

By Truman Capote

Walter and Mrs. Hickock

Dick's parents are poor farmers living in a shabby but well-kept house. Mrs. Hickock describes them as "plain people, just country people" (4.11) who had a happy family life. Mr. Hickock believes his son to be incapable of murder. He testifies at the trial that Dick's head injury was the cause of his behavioral problems. Perry describes Dick's parents as good people; he confesses to all the shootings because he thinks Mrs. Hickock is a sweet person and wants to spare her feelings. Mrs. Hickock initially dislikes Perry, but after the trial, she pities him and prays for him. She totally loses it during the trial and is surprised how kind the townspeople are to her, considering the circumstances.