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Truman Capote’s “In Cold Blood” Headed for Big Screen

Sept. 14, 1963 - A major literary effort by Truman Capote (right), author of “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” appears to be headed for the big screen, even before its completion. This is “In Cold Blood,” a factual account of the murder of the Clutter family of Holcomb, Kansas, on Nov. 15, 1959, a book to which Mr. Capote has devoted a great deal of time in research and writing. Killers Richard Hickock and Perry Smith (left) were arrested six weeks after the murders in Las Vegas. They were later convicted and sentenced to death by hanging. Mr. Capote’s book is slated to be published next year by Random House, and before publication it will be serialized at great length in The New Yorker magazine. David Susskind’s Talent Associates has been negotiating for the film rights. No deal has yet been made, but Mr. Susskind said, “Our talks have been very favorable.”

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