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Official witnesses authorized for the execution of Perry Edward Smith

Official witnesses authorized for the execution of Perry Edward Smith
Creator: Kansas State Penitentiary
Date: April 14, 1965
A list of authorized witnesses to the execution of Perry Smith created by the Kansas State Penitentiary. This item is part of Smith's inmate case file, no. 14747. Smith and his accomplice Richard Hickock were convicted of 1st degree murder for the brutal 1959 killings of Herb and Bonnie Clutter, their daughter, Nancy, and son, Kenyon, in Holcomb, Kansas. The murders inspired the non-fiction novel "In Cold Blood" by Truman Capote. Capote's signature is the last entered on this list.


Omby Roberts, Prisoner 3290

Omby Roberts, Prisoner 3290
Creator: Kansas State Penitentiary
Date: December 12, 1908
This photograph shows inmate Omby Roberts, 3290. He was received at the Kansas State Penitentiary when he was 27 years old for statutory rape. He was sentenced to five to twenty years in the penitentiary but was paroled by the Governor of Kansas on May 20, 1910.


Perry Edward Smith inmate case file

Perry Edward Smith inmate case file
Creator: Kansas State Penitentiary
Date: 1959 - 1965
The Kansas State Penitentiary case file on Perry Edward Smith, inmate number 14747. Smith and his accomplice, Richard Hickock, were convicted of first degree murder for the brutal 1959 killings of Herb and Bonnie Clutter, their daughter, Nancy, and son, Kenyon, in Holcomb, Kansas. The murders inspired the non-fiction novel "In Cold Blood" by Truman Capote. Smith was executed by hanging on April 14, 1965. Please note that some images have been removed in accordance with K.S.A. 45-221(a)(29) and have been labeled with pages indicating their removal.


Personal histories of inmates

Personal histories of inmates
Date: 1889 - 1935
Information recorded in these volumes is the personal histories for girls at the facility in Beloit, Kansas. From May 6, 1889 - July 20, 1935 the facility was run by the Women's Temperance Union and then the State of Kansas until 2009 for girls eight to 16 years old. Details recorded include the name, family history, birthdate, birthplace, physical description, religion and education of each girl as well as the offense committed, admission and release dates, and conditions of parole. Some volumes include indexes at the front. Volumes are divided chronologically as follows: Volume 1 (1889-1900) Volume 2 (1900-1911) Volume 3 (1911-1920) Volume 4 (1920-1927) Volume 5 (1927-1935)


Richard Eugene Hickock inmate case file

Richard Eugene Hickock inmate case file
Creator: Kansas State Penitentiary
Date: 1959 - 1965
The Kansas State Penitentiary case file on Richard Hickock, inmate number 14746. Hickock and his accomplice, Perry Smith, were convicted of first degree murder for the brutal 1959 killings of Herb and Bonnie Clutter, their daughter, Nancy, and son, Kenyon, in Holcomb, Kansas. The murders inspired the non-fiction novel "In Cold Blood" by Truman Capote. Hickock was executed by hanging on April 14, 1965. Please note that some images have been removed in accordance with K.S.A. 45-221(a)(29) and have been labeled with pages indicating their removal. Additional redactions of personally identifiable information made in accordance with K. S. A. 2005 Supp. 45-221(a)(30).


T.R. Blankenship, prisoner 3855

T.R. Blankenship, prisoner 3855
Creator: Kansas State Penitentiary
Date: 1910-1912
This series of photograph show inmate T.R. Blakenship, 3855. He was received at the Kansas State Penitentiary when he was 30 years old under false pretenses for a draft on a bank in North Dakota. He was sentenced to one to five years in the penitentiary.


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