Thursday, September 20, 2012
Into the Abyss
Capote's victims were picked by the bad guys because of prison talk that this isolated Kansas farming family had a safe with $10,000. There was no safe, and the perpetrators killed four members of the Clutter family for a transistor radio, a pair of binoculars and less than $50. The two bad guys rode around the country and Mexico for two months before the cops found them and arrested them in Las Vegas at the post office, just minutes after they picked up a box that contained the very evidence the cops needed to get them convicted.
In the crime that Herzog covers in Into the Abyss, the two bad guys want to sleep over at a friend's house but when he is not home, they decide to shoot their friend's mom (who was baking cookies at the time) and steal her car. They drive away to hide her body and when they return to the gated community where the first murder was committed, they cannot get in because the gates are locked. When two young boys drive up (one of whom is the dead woman's son), they murder both of them just to get the clicker to open the gate. The two bad guys joyrode around in their stolen vehicles for 72 hours before shooting it out with the cops and getting arrested.