Although it took me a while to get into the story because of how many seemingly unrelated details included in it, as I read on I realized they helped inform the story of how the murders had happened and also how they helped to get you familiar with the family. If I didn’t know about about all the little things that made the Clutters the Clutters I probably would not have sympathized so much and I would not have been able to get so into the story later on. Most of the details about the family were probably made up or exaggerated but if Truman Capote did not do that then he would have just been writing another article about the murders themselves and not a book.
I also really liked how much Capote told us about Perry Smith and Dick Hickock. It made me really interested to see what had actually happened the night of the murders and who killed the family; if they both killed someone or if one person just killed them all.
Even though there was closure on this case because we found who killed the Clutters for what reason and there was justice, I felt just as bad if not worse than I did reading The Black Dahlia because I really felt like I knew the family after reading the first part of the book. They felt very real to me and I could actually see them going about their daily lives before Perry and Dick came along.