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Thursday 8 December 2016

Article written by Harper Lee on 'In Cold Blood' murders of 1960 discovered

Published 26/04/2016 | 12:10

‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ author Harper Lee, who died last week. Photo: Getty
‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ author Harper Lee, who died last week. Photo: Getty

Harper Lee's biographer claims to have found an article by the author written about the murders that featured in Truman Capote's In Cold Blood.

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The article, from 1960, is not signed by the late author Lee, but biographer Charles Shields has revealed it was printed in Grapevine, a magazine for FBI employees.

Harper Lee and Truman Capote were friends and she travelled to Kansas to help him research the case for an article for New Yorker magazine.

He went on to achieve massive success with In Cold Blood, his book about the murderers Richard Hickock and Perry Smith, which was published six years later.

Shields told The Guardian that he found a column in the Garden City Telegram from 1960 by Dolores Hope, a friend of Lee's, in which she told readers that an article by Lee about the Clutter murders would be appearing in Grapevine.

Hope also stated that "Miss Harper's first novel is due for publication... this spring and advance reports say it is bound to be a success."

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