The Emporia Gazette 11-16-59

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The Emporia Gazette 11-16-59 - Mystery: a a. of Family Is Murdered In Kansas...
Mystery: a a. of Family Is Murdered In Kansas Four Are Killed In Farm Home Near Holcomb GARDEN CITY (AP) —In a farm home far off the beaten path of this vast- wheat area four members of a respected, well-to-do family 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 Kidweli, 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. President President 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 Clut (See Murder, pg. six)

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  1. The Emporia Gazette,
  2. 16 Nov 1959, Mon,
  3. Page 10

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