Our look back at KAKE's sixty years of news coverage continues with 1960. One of the biggest stories of the year happened in the first week of January. A major break in a crime case that drew worldwide attention.
In November 1959, four members of the Herbert Clutter family were killed in their Holcomb, Kansas home. It would be weeks before
investigators would find the people responsible.
A tip from a Kansas prison led investigators to Las Vegas, where they arrested Richard Hickock and Perry Smith. Hickock believed the Clutters had money in a safe in their home. "There's some indication that they planned that there wouldn't be any witnesses in the first place," Finney County Attorney Duane West told KAKE's Greg Gamer.
It turns out the Clutter home did not have a safe. Hickock and Smith left the home with binoculars, a radio and forty dollars.
Hickock and Smith were convicted and eventually hanged for their crimes. The Clutter murders became the subject of the best selling book "In Cold Blood".