The Ottawa Herald 11-16-59
in]members of a respected, well-to- Four Of A Family Are Slain On Remote Farm GARDEN CITY, Kan. (AP)-In a farm home far off the beaten ipath of this vast wheat area four to of do family were murdered over the weekend. Herbert Clutter, 48, his wife, Bonnie, 45, their daughter, Nancy Mae, 16, and son Kenyon, 15, were bound hand and foot and gagged. All were shot in the head. Clutter's Clutter's throat was slashed. The victims were slain by a shotgun. Neither the gun nor the weapon with which Clutter's throat was cut have been found. Nothing in the house was in disarray. disarray. No valuables appeared to be missing. Money which Nancy had placed in an envelope for church lay on her bedroom dresser dresser beside a diamond ring. The coroner, Dr. Robert Fenton, said Mrs. Clutter, and Nancy apparently apparently were not molested sexually. sexually. He placed the time of death between 11 p. m. Saturday and 2 a. m. Sunday. The Clutters gave a ride each Sunday to two of Nancy's school mates. The girls, Mary Ewalt and Susan Kidwell, stumbled on the killings when they were driven to the Clutter home. Clutter was a founder of the Kansas Assn. of Wheat Growers. He was a past president of the National Wheat Growers Assn., president of the Garden City Equity Exchange, a director of the Consumer's Cooperative. Presi- wereident Eisenhower appointed him in 1954 to the Federal Farm Credit Board. Clutter declined reappointment reappointment two years later. The family apparently had been ready to retire when they were attacked. All except Kenyon were in pajamas. The boy wore blue jeans and a white T-shirt. The bodies of Mrs. Clutter and Nancy were in separate bedrooms. bedrooms. Clutter and Kenyon were found in the basement. The home, seven miles west of Garden City, is nearly a mile away from any through road. The only persons living close by are the family of Alfred Stoecklein, who has worked 11 years as a farm hand for the Clutters. Stoecklein said he saw the Clutters Clutters early Saturday evening, before before he and his wife and three children went out. They returned about 9:30 p. m. They heard no disturbance. Nancy and Kenyon attended high school in Holcomb, a village of 270 population a mile from their home. Both were honor stu- dents and Nancy last week won j the school's good citizen ship 23, of Mount Carroll, 111., Miss Beverly Clutter, 20, a dent nurse at the University of j Kansas Medical Center in Kansas I award. She appeared in the junior class play Friday night. A class mate of Nancy's, Bob Rupp, said he left the Clutter home at 10:30. The Clutters had two other daughters. Mrs. Donald Jarchow, City, Kas.