To research the book that would become the “non-fiction novel” In Cold Blood, Truman Capote traveled to Kansas before the murderers were even caught. He was accompanied by childhood friend:
- Author and poet Conrad Aiken.
- John Dos Passos, author of the U.S.A. Trilogy.
- Harper Lee, author of To Kill a Mockingbird.
- Photographer Diane Arbus.
- Film director and producer Alfred Hitchcock.
- Cartoonist Charles Schultz, who later uses some of the In Cold Blood material for a Peanuts episode in which Charlie Brown finally gets even with Lucy for pulling away that football at the last minute. Twenty-seven newspapers refuse to run the comic that week, releasing a joint statement that “such violent murder belongs on the front page, not the comics page. Unless it’s in Dick Tracy.”