OSPREY, Fla. (December 3, 2012)—Sarasota County, Fla., sheriff’s detective Kimberly McGath wants to exhume the bodies of the two executed Kansas killers whose crime was the focus of the iconic true crime book "In Cold Blood."
McGath says she believes there is evidence linking Perry Smith and Richard Hickock to the 1959 murders of a family of four in a rural community south of Sarasota.
Smith and Hickock were convicted in Kansas of murdering Herb Clutter, his wife and two of their children, also in 1959.
McGath says the Walker family's killer left behind his DNA on a preserved piece of clothing.
Officials say if Smith’s and Hickock’s remains are exhumed, the DNA can be compared.
Smith and Hickock visited Florida after the Kansas mass murders.
On Nov. 15, 1959, Clutter, his wife, Bonnie, and the couple's two youngest children, Nancy, 16, and Kenyon, 15, were found murdered in their home in Holcomb, Kan.
Hickock and Smith were later convicted of the killings and hanged.
The case was detailed in Truman Capote’s bestselling book "In Cold Blood,” which is considered the seminal non-fiction novel.