Saturday beginning at noon, film work inspired by Truman Capote's "In Cold Blood" will be shown at the Elkhorn branch of the Omaha Public Library, ending a month of events focusing on the 1966 book.
Films as well as the book have succeeded commercially. Ironically, that success, in my opinion, was predicated on the book being received as an accurate "true account." In reality, the book is partly fiction. Its final scene was allegedly made up, and it also includes what seem to be quotations which are actually from interviews Capote did not immediately record (he trusted his memory).
The continued attention on the book is self-perpetuating: It is required reading for some college courses. Misplaced attention by the public has continued, perhaps reflecting an unhealthy obsession with this 1959 crime in Kansas.