History Literature / InColdBlood

13th Sep '16 6:22:52 AM Prfnoff
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Considered by some[[note]]See the YMMV about ''Literature/OperationMassacre'' about this[[/note]] to be the TropeCodifier for [[NonFictionLiterature the Non-Fiction Novel]], '''''In Cold Blood''''' was written by Truman Capote and published in 1966.

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Considered by some[[note]]See the YMMV about ''Literature/OperationMassacre'' about this[[/note]] to be the TropeCodifier for [[NonFictionLiterature the Non-Fiction Novel]], '''''In ''In Cold Blood''''' Blood'' was written by Truman Capote Creator/TrumanCapote and published in 1966.
13th Sep '16 6:22:52 AM Prfnoff
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6th Sep '16 7:18:34 PM libertydude
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* ThePerfectCrime: In Hickock's words, they thought their plan would be "a cinch, the perfect score."
* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain: Both Hickock and Smith frequently call African-Americans "niggers", and once refer to a Chinese restaurant as a "Chink restaurant".



* SpannerInTheWorks: When hitchhiking through America, Dick and Perry find themselves in the car with a lone salesman going to Omaha. Just as they're about to rob and kill the man, he pulls over for a black hitchhiker, forcing them to continue acting congenial for the rest of their ride and sparing the salesman's life.

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* SpannerInTheWorks: When hitchhiking through America, Dick and RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil: Perry find themselves in the car with a lone salesman going to Omaha. Just as they're about to rob and kill the man, he pulls over Smith has nothing but distaste for a black hitchhiker, forcing them Dick when he tries to continue acting congenial for the rest of their ride and sparing the salesman's life. rape Nancy Clutter.



* ThePerfectCrime: In Hickock's words, they thought their plan would be "a cinch, the perfect score."
* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain: Both Hickock and Smith frequently call African-Americans "niggers", and once refer to a Chinese restaurant as a "Chink restaurant".

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* ThePerfectCrime: In Hickock's words, they thought their plan would be "a cinch, the perfect score."
* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain: Both Hickock and Smith frequently call African-Americans "niggers", and once refer to a Chinese restaurant
TheRemake: The film was remade in 1996 as a "Chink restaurant". TV Movie, which was far more faithful to the book.



* RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil: Perry Smith has nothing but distaste for Dick when he tries to rape Nancy Clutter.
* TheRemake: The film was remade in 1996 as a TV Movie, which was far more faithful to the book.

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* RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil: SpannerInTheWorks: When hitchhiking through America, Dick and Perry Smith has nothing but distaste find themselves in the car with a lone salesman going to Omaha. Just as they're about to rob and kill the man, he pulls over for Dick when he tries a black hitchhiker, forcing them to rape Nancy Clutter.
* TheRemake: The film was remade in 1996 as a TV Movie, which was far more faithful to
continue acting congenial for the book.rest of their ride and sparing the salesman's life.
6th Sep '16 7:05:31 PM libertydude
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* DeathRow: Hickock and Smith find themselves in here after they're convicted of the Clutter murders.
5th Sep '16 11:08:27 AM libertydude
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* RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil: Perry Smith has nothing but distaste for Dick when he tries to rape Nancy Clutter.
5th Sep '16 10:38:24 AM libertydude
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* AttemptedRape: Dick is beginning to come on to Nancy Clutter during the home invasion, but Perry prevents it from going any further.


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* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: Hickock's sole regret out of the entire Clutter affair seems to be how it's harmed his mother and father, who he thinks brought him up fine and never treated him wrong in his life.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Smith may be a mass-murderer, but he's disgusted by Smith's attempt to rape Nancy Clutter during the home invasion.


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* KnowNothingKnowItAll: While on DeathRow, Hickock considers Smith to be this. Despite Smith's "million dollar words", Hickock claims that he's just as dimwitted as himself. He further claims that Smith despises the other mass-murdering inmate, Lowell Lee Andrews, because Andrews actually had an education at the University of Kansas and makes Smith look stupid by comparison.
* LeaveNoWitnesses: Dick repeatedly says that there needs to be "no witnesses" after they rob the Clutters, fearing that they might testify against them if they're caught. This is what leads to the Clutters' deaths and the resulting fallout.


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* SpannerInTheWorks: When hitchhiking through America, Dick and Perry find themselves in the car with a lone salesman going to Omaha. Just as they're about to rob and kill the man, he pulls over for a black hitchhiker, forcing them to continue acting congenial for the rest of their ride and sparing the salesman's life.


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* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain: Both Hickock and Smith frequently call African-Americans "niggers", and once refer to a Chinese restaurant as a "Chink restaurant".


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* VillainsDyingGrace: When he knows he and Dick are cooked, Smith changes his confession to include the fact that he murdered all the Clutters, not Dick. This is mostly done because he thinks Dick's parents are good people that shouldn't have to live with the fact that their son is a killer.
* VillainousRescue: Smith saves Nancy Clutter from being raped by Hickock. Turns out to be [[SubvertedTrope subverted]], however, when Smith eventually kills Nancy like the rest of her family.
27th Aug '16 6:09:24 PM libertydude
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* KickTheDog: Or more accurately, [[KickTheDog Run Over The Dog.]] While in Mexico, Dick sees an emaciated dog and runs over it with his car. He claims that it's a MercyKill, but his extremely apparent glee and excitement about it afterwards belies [[TheSociopath his true mental state.]]
25th Jul '16 12:54:59 PM evilwillhunting
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* AdultFear: In spades. Strangers have broken into your house, have captured and bound your family, and are about to rape your daughter... and there's not a thing you can do about it.
25th Jul '16 11:29:03 AM evilwillhunting
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* TheRemake: The film was remade in 1996 as a TV Movie, which was far more faithful to the book.
25th Jul '16 10:27:48 AM evilwillhunting
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* FaceDeathWithDignity: Dick Hickock greets his captors and mounts the scaffold with grim dignity, never betraying any fear or despair.


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* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Dick gives a very blunt and cruel one to Perry in Mexico. He shatters Perry's fantasy of their "quest" to find lost Spanish Gold from some silly phony "treasure maps" and tells him to grow up.
** Also serves as a bit of a WhamLine: there IS no "plan," and no prospects to get them out of their current predicament (broke, wandering, homeless and wanted by the law).
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