People, Jun. 14, 1971

"Have you ever had a momentary temptation to murder anybody?" asked TV Inquisitor David Frost. Novelist Truman Capote, the author of In Cold Blood, boggled for a second or so, but then allowed that, yes, he had given serious thought to homicide "on at least four or five occasions." Prime object of his lethal impulse was British Critic Kenneth Tynan, whom Capote thought "despicable in every conceivable way," a judgment no doubt derived from a verbal bout over the merits of In Cold Blood. Pressed farther by the fascinated Frost, Capote explained, "Most people...

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