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'In Cold Blood' Killers' Bodies Exhumed for DNA Inquiry

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The gravesite of Perry Smith in Lansing, Kan. (Photo by Janet Campbell)

LANSING, Kan. (AP) — Kansas officials have exhumed the bodies of two men executed for the 1959 slayings of a Kansas family made infamous in Truman Capote's nonfiction novel, "In Cold Blood." The Kansas Bureau of Investigation said the bodies of Richard Hickock and Perry Smith were exhumed Tuesday at the Mount Muncie Cemetery in Lansing at the request of Florida officials. The Sarasota County, Florida sheriff's office asked for the exhumation to collect DNA that could help solve the 1959 murders of Cliff and Christine Walker and their two children in Osprey, Florida. The Walkers were killed soon after the slayings of Herb Clutter and his family in Holcomb, Kansas. Sarasota officials say Hickock and Smith fled to Florida after the Kansas killings, and were in the area when the Walkers were killed.

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