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murielm99 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-01-08 07:27 PM
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3. I have read those same rumors.
Whether or not they are true, I think that Capote recognized something that he did not dare write about openly in the book, given the times.

Smith was probably gay and Capote knew it. Hickock and Smith probably had a sexual relationship while they were in prison, but it ended when they were released. Smith may have remained smitten with Hickock, and somewhat jealous. That had a lot to do with their dynamic as friends, and as partners in crime.

I have heard some gay people refer to this as a dishonest book because it does not fully explore the relationship between Hickock and Smith.

Of course that does not shed any light on anything. But if you reread the book taking into account some of those more recent theories, it may make you look at the story differently.
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