AP: First-edition 'In Cold Blood' donated to WU
TOPEKA (AP) — An autographed first-edition copy of "In Cold Blood"
that was given to a Kansas Bureau of Investigation employee by author
Truman Capote has been donated to Washburn University after it was found
at an estate sale.
Tom Averill, an English professor and writer in residence at
Washburn, donated the book to the university's Thomas Fox Averill Kansas
Studies Collection. It contains an inscription from Capote, who wrote
the book about the infamous 1959 killings of the Clutter family in
Holcomb, and is also signed by six Kansas Bureau of Investigation agents
and administrators who helped catch killers Richard Hickock and Perry
The value of the book hasn't been determined, The Topeka Capital-Journal reported Sunday.
Averill said the Capote signature hasn't been authenticated by a
handwriting expert but "it matches really well" with a Capote signature
he has seen.
The book's inscription reads "For Maxine Manchester with best wishes, Truman Capote."
Manchester worked at the KBI from 1959 to 1967, but it is unclear if
she played any role in the Clutter investigation, the Capital-Journal
reported. A city directory from 1966 lists her as a stenographer at the
At some point, the book belonged to Zula Bennington Green, who wrote columns for the newspaper for 55 years.