A DNA CASE TO WATCH -- 'IN COLD BLOOD' REVISITED
In Kansas, state authorities this month exhumed the bodies of the two murderers that Truman Capote wrote about in his best-seller "In Cold Blood."
The killers, Richard Hickock, near right, and Perry Smith, were hanged in 1965 for the murders of Herb and Bonnie Clutter and two of their children in rural Kansas. The killings occurred on Nov. 15, 1959.
Hickock and Smith traveled to Florida after the Kansas murders. They long have been suspected in the Florida murders of Cliff and Christine Walker and their two children on Dec. 19, 1959.
Sarasota County investigators in 1960 ruled out Hickock and Smith based on lack of fingerprints and their passing polygraph tests.
But DNA from their bone fragments may provide a more definitive answer as to whether they committed the Florida murders. A rape was part of that crime spree. Science could solve the crimes after 53 years.
The findings of the DNA comparisons could be made public in as little as three weeks.