Harper Lee’s article for FBI magazine on infamous killings find
Biographer of To Kill a Mockingbird author finds unsigned piece on quadruple slaying at centre of Truman Capotes In Cold Blood
The discovery of an earlier manuscript from the US novelist Harper Lee was the publishing sensation of last year but now her biographer, Charles J Shields, believes “hes having” found another previously unknown Lee text a feature article about a notorious real-life quadruple murder.
The piece was written for the March 1960 issue of the Grapevine, a publication for FBI professionals, merely months before she was to publish her classic novel, To Kill a Mockingbird. It was unsigned, but Shieldss detective work uncovered proof which appears to confirm its true authorship.
The article was about the gruesome slaying of Herb and Bonnie Clutter, and their teenage infants Nancy and Kenyon at their farmhouse in Kansas. Lee accompanied her childhood friend Truman Capote on his assignment for the New Yorker, reporting on how the community was reacting to the brutal murders.
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