The seminar consisted of two parts, a speaker, Ralph Voss
, and a rarely seen documentary, With Love From Truman.
The research by Capote and his book's success led Ralph Voss, an English professor at the University of Alabama, to reflect on it in his own book, Truman Capote and the Legacy of In Cold Blood.
When the murders occurred in 1959, Voss
was a high school junior in Plainville, Kansas, 171 miles away from Holcomb-the scene of the murders.
celebrity to that of an Alexandrian or Napoleonic hero.
The documentary screened alongside Voss's speech was shot at the crest of Capote's career, just as he
was riding the high from In Cold Blood.
recounted the effects those two men had on his
own family, saying that his
parents first began locking their doors at night.
Everyone around Voss
at the time knew that Capote
and his friend Harper Lee had come to Kansas with the intention of writing was Capote
called his "nonfiction novel.
says the purpose of his book is to examine the cultural impact of Capote
and his book, from his homosexuality to capital punishment.