I recently finished reading In the Shadow of My Brother’s Cold Blood . This was written by Lina LeBert-Corbello, Ph.D. It was told to her by Walter David Hickock. If the title of the book makes you think of In Cold Blood , it should.
Walter David Hickock, more common known as Dave was the brother of Richard Hickock, who was more commonly known as Dick. Dick Hickock was convicted as a participant in the Clutter murders. These are written about, although not with complete truth, in the book, In Cold Blood by Truman Capote.
In Cold Blood is not a bad book or movie. However, it does not deal with the reality of knowing a person. In the Shadow of My Brother’s Cold Blood deals with knowing the person from childhood and the effects that such a horrible event can have on a family.
It is found that Dick Hickock wasn’t always crazy or a bad person. There are a few reasons mentioned in the book why he may have snapped.
The first half of the book is dedicated to talking about Dick Hickock, his past, the murders, his arrest, and his hanging.
There are pictures of both Dick and Dave in the middle of the book.
The second half of the book deals with Dave’s struggles. He talks about his wives, his children, and the trouble he had finding peace.
It shows that there is more that happens to a family when a person commits a crime and when a person is sentenced to death. It is not only somebody who may be dangerous being killed.
If you have read or watched In Cold Blood or plan on doing either, the book In the Shadow of My Brother’s Cold Blood is book that should be read. It should be read before reading or watching In Cold Blood if possible.