Paying Your Respects to the Clutter Family in Garden City, Kansas
Author Truman Capote revolutionized the true-crime genre with his 1966 novel, In Cold Blood. The story details the gruesome quadruple murder of the Clutter family and its aftermath on the small town of Holcomb. A trip to the family grave in a neighboring town explains why it made such an impact—this roomy stretch of farmland hardly looks the part of a crime scene. The cemetery's founding mothers carried buckets of water by hand to care for the lawn and sparse trees that shaded the graves below. Caretakers today are surprisingly tolerant of gawkers making pilgrimage to this literary landmark.