National Affairs: in Cold Blood

The showplace farm of Herbert Clutter, set in the peaceful, prosperous, picture-book country west of Garden City, Kans. (pop. 11,000), seemed the nation's least likely setting for coldblooded, methodical murder. And the Clutter family seemed the nation's least likely victims. Herb Clutter, 48, a well-heeled wheat-grower, was just about the most prominent man in the region. He was chairman of the Kansas Conference of Farm Organizations and Cooperatives, a former member of the federal Farm Credit Board, a civic leader who headed the building committee that got Garden City's new Methodist Church translated...

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