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DNA could tie 'In Cold Blood' killers to Florida murders

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December 03, 2012|By Michael Schwanke & Chris Durden | KWCH 12 Eyewitness News

(SARASOTA COUNTY, Florida) — In 1965, two men were executed for one of the most notorious crimes in Kansas history. Now, Perry Smith and Richard Hickock are at the center of another murder investigation.

Authorities in Sarasota County, Florida hope to travel to Kansas to exhume Smith and Hickock's bodies. They hope to tie DNA collected from the remains to evidence found at the crime scene of four unsolved homicides.

On Dec. 19, 1959, Cliff and Christine Walker and their young children Jimmie and Debbie were shot to death in the Osprey, Florida home. No one was ever arrested and the case went unsolved for decades.

A month earlier, on Nov. 15, 1959, the pair entered a farmhouse in Holcomb and killed the Clutter family. The story of the murder and the investigation that followed became worldwide bestseller by Truman Copote called 'In Cold Blood.'

During their time on the run, Hickock and Smith spent time in Florida.

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This is not the first time the pair have come up as suspects in the Walker murders. Both passed a lie detector test in 1960 and were dropped from the investigation.

It's reported that the Walker family may have been shopping for a Chevrolet Bel Air. Smith and Hickcock were driving a 1956 model. Investigators have been quoted as saying that's how the family may have crossed paths with the killers. 

DNA could tie 'In Cold Blood' killers to Florida murders
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