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Wealthy Farmer, 3 Of Family Slain
Holcomb, Kan., Nov. 15 (UPI)--A wealthy wheat farmer, his wife and their two young children were found shot to death today in their home. They had been killed by shotgun blasts at close range after being bound and gagged.
The father, 48-year-old Herbert W. Clutter, was found in the basement with his son, Kenyon, 15. His wife Bonnie, 45, and a daughter, Nancy, 16, were in their beds.
There were no signs of a struggle, and nothing had been stolen. The telephone lines had been cut.
"This is apparently the case of a psychopathic killer," Sheriff Earl Robinson said.
Mr. Clutter was founder of the Kansas Wheat Growers Association. In 1954, President Eisenhower appointed him to the Federal Farm Credit Board, but he never lived in Washington.
The board represents the twelve farm credit districts in the country. Mr. Clutter served from December, 1953, until April, 1957. He declined a reappointment.
He was also a local member of the Agriculture Department's Price Stabilization Board and was active with the Great Plains Wheat Growers Association.
The Clutter farm and ranch cover almost 1,000 acres in one of the richest wheat areas.
Mr. Clutter, his wife and daughter were clad in pajamas. The boy was wearing blue jeans and a T-shirt.
The bodies were discovered by two of Nancy's classmates, Susan Kidwell and Nancy Ewalt.
Sheriff Robinson said the last reported communication with Mr. Clutter took place last night about 9:30 P.M., when the victim called Gerald Van Vleet, his business partner, who lives near by. Mr. Van Vleet said the conversation had concerned the farm and ranch.
Two daughters were away. They are Beverly, a student at Kansas University, and Mrs. Donald G. Jarchow of Mount Carroll, Ill.
Artikel tersebut terambil dari arsip lama koran The New York Times, tertanggal 16 November 1959. Bisa dilihat di situsnya, sih, tetapi mesti sign up dulu.
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