Perry remembers his childhood. After the divorce he tried to run away to be with his father, but he was taken to a Catholic orphanage where the nurses abused him. He didn’t finish school. Later he joined the Marines.
He wanted to live with his father in Alaska, but he had a motorcycle accident and he started to rob stores. He run away, but he was finally arrested and taken to prison in Kansas where he met Dick. His sister Barbara sent him a letter in which she criticizes him.
Dick and Perry continue their way back and they rob a car. Dewey is under pressure because he can’t solve the case.
The Answer-In Cold Blood
In the prison, Floyd Wells hears the news about the murders. He was the one who told Dick about Herbert’s fortune. He used to work for him. After few weeks he told his story to the police.
The KBI agent Harold Nye goes to Dick’s house and finds a shotgun. In the meanwhile, Dick and Perry hitchhike. Nye investigates and visits Perry’s sister Barbara.
The murderers steal a Chevy from an old barn and go to Kansas City where they write a bad check and change the plates on the car.
Nye calls Dewey and tells him that the criminals are signing bad checks in Kansas City. Dick and Perry leave for Miami before Dewey gets there.
They run out of money again so they have to look for work. They go to Texas.
On 30 December Dewey gets a phone call. Perry and Dick were seen in Las Vegas. They are arrested, but they are not worried because they think everything is about bad checks.
Nye questions them and finally tells them that they are arrested because of murder. At the same time, Dewey questions Perry. Both of them lie.
Finally, Dick gives in and tells them that Perry committed the murders. Perry tells them that both of them killed the Clutters because someone has told them that Herbert had a safe full of money. But, when they realized that this wasn’t true, they had to kill them. Dick wanted to rape Nancy, but Perry didn’t let him. Perry shot father and son, and Dick mother and daughter.
The Corner-In Cold Blood
Perry writes a diary in prison. Dick plans to escape. At the trial, a psychologists states that Perry is perhaps a schizophrenic. The lawyers ask for death penalty. Dick writes to different organizations and asks for help. Perry wants to starve to death, but he gets a letter from his father.