Perry Edward Smith

Birthday
27, 1928
Birthplace
Nevada
Death Date
Apr 14, 1965 (36)
Birth Sign
Scorpio
Birthday
27, 1928
Birthplace
Nevada
Death Date
Apr 14, 1965 (36)

About

Made infamous by his inclusion in author Truman Capote's nonfiction work In Cold Blood, this convicted murderer was sentenced to death for robbing and subsequently killing Herbert, Kenyon, Bonnie, and Nancy Clutter during a 1959 home invasion in Holcomb, Kansas.

Before Fame

After serving briefly in the United States Merchant Marine, he joined the United States Army and fought in the Korean War.

Trivia

His body and that of his accomplice were exhumed in 2012 so that authorities could collect evidence that might link the two men to the long-unsolved Florida murders of Christine and Cliff Walker and the two Walker children.

Family Life

The son of professional rodeo performers Tex Smith and Flo Buckskin, he grew up in Nevada, Alaska, and California. He and his three siblings lived in an orphanage for part of their childhoods.

Associated With

He and fellow criminal Richard Hickock were accomplices in the murders of the Clutter family.