‘In Cold Blood’ files’ ownership at issue in Kansas court

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – A Kansas judge has ruled that a businessman and the family of a deceased investigator cannot use the investigator’s files on the 1959 Kansas murders that inspired the book “In Cold Blood.”

Shawnee County District Judge Larry Hendricks on Tuesday blocked Ronald Nye of Oklahoma City and Seattle memorabilia dealer Gary McAvoy from using documents gathered by Nye’s father while he investigated the murders of the Clutter family in Holcomb.

The Kansas attorney general’s office sought the order, arguing that the records belong to the Kansas Bureau of Investigation. Nye’s father was a KBI agent in 1959.

Richard Hickock and Perry Smith were executed for the killings in 1965.

Nye and McAvoy had planned to auction off the documents but now say they want to write a book.

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