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In Cold Blood - Dick Hickock Background
Transcript of In Cold Blood - Dick Hickock Background
adult life seemed to be formed by
a series of struggles and
letdowns. He had high plans
for himself after graduating high
school, but there appeared
to be a problem or roadblock
stopping him from
achieving what he really
wanted. Although Dick was
happy with Carol and
his marriage, this did not last.
All of these factors eventually led
to Dick's turn to crime
for satisfaction. Dick Hickock's life of crime began around age 20, after his car wreck. Dick's parents attribute the wreck to his change in disposition and attraction to crime. Hickock began writing bad checks and gambling to support his wife Carol's lifestyle. This seemed to please Hickock for only a short time; Dick eventually left Carol for another woman. The Hickocks found this extremely uncharacteristic, blaming his divorce on the wreck as well. Dick Hickock was sent to Lansing for seventeen months for stealing a hunting rifle (The Hickocks referred to it as 'borrowed'). After Dick returned from his stay in Lansing, he was a completely different man. Hickock became cold and unapproachable. Dick's second wife left him after his return. Dick also met his accomplice for the Clutter murder, Perry, while in Lansing. At the time of the Clutter murder, Hickock had been incarcerated on several accounts and had teamed up with fellow Lansing inmate Perry Smith. The two did not originally plan on murdering the Clutter family. The murders were money motivated. Dick Hickock was eventually tried for murder, convicted, and executed. By Maisie Dyer & Abby Chisum Works Cited Images 1. "Remains of Infamous Edgerton Man Unearthed." Gardner News. N.p., n.d. Web. 01 Feb. 2013. 2."Dick Hickock, Murderer, Garden City, Kansas, April 15, 1960." San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. N.p., n.d. Web. 25 Jan. 2013 3. "Richard Eugene Hickock | Photos | Murderpedia, the Encyclopedia of Murderers." Richard Eugene Hickock | Photos | Murderpedia, the Encyclopedia of Murderers. N.p., n.d. Web. 25 Jan. 2013. 4."In Cold Blood." Capotathon. N.p., n.d. Web. 01 Feb. 2013. Other Citations Capote, Truman. In Cold Blood: A True Account of a Multiple Murder and Its Consequences. New York: Random House, 1966. Print. Conclusion Inferences of Dick's Marriage to Carol “I began thinking I never really loved my wife. Because if I had, I wouldn’t have done all the things I’d done.” This quote leads us to believe that even though Dick left Carol for another woman, he still had feelings for her. Dick seemed to have frequent spells of self-depreciation and loathing; although he 'left' Carol, it's easy to assume that he believed Carol deserved someone better than him who could financially and emotionally support her. In his last interview while in prison, Dick claims he was "still crazy about her". “There were other things I should have told you, but I’m afraid of my people finding them out. Because I am more ashamed of them (these things I did) than hanging.”