Elon Torrence


Age: 98

retired Associate Press reporter who covered the trial of two men hanged for murders that inspired the Truman Capote book In Cold Blood and was an AP newsman at the Kansas Statehouse from 1946 to 1982 when he covered the trial of Perry Smith and Richard Hickock, both convicted and hanged for killing the four members of the Clutter family in 1959 in the southwest Kansas town of Holcomb.

Cause of Death: Natural causes

Born: January 24, 1917

Died: November 11, 2015

Topeka, Kansas