When Ron Nye first approached my company, Vintage Memorabilia, in March 2012 to consign his father’s archive of Capote books and letters, along with his personal notebooks detailing the investigation of the 1959 Clutter family murders, little did we expect the puzzling campaign of suppression and intimidation that would soon challenge us. Ron's father, former Kansas Bureau of Investigation director Harold Nye, was the lead field investigator for the 1959 Clutter murder case, immortalized in Truman Capote's book In Cold Blood.
As readers will find in And Every Word Is True, Ron and I spent years together battling the State of Kansas in court for the right to publish his father's papers, and years more researching and producing the book itself.
It has been a privilege to work with Ron on this project, and the friendship that has come of it was well worth the punishing consequences we endured on the road to achieving it.
Beyond having a direct lineage to one of the founding families of Kansas, Ronald Nye’s name is forever linked to history through his father, Harold Nye, the lead field investigator for the Kansas Bureau of Investigation during one of America’s most iconic criminal cases.
Much like his father, Ron Nye has lived a life in service to others. While Harold Nye chose law enforcement as his path, Ron's journey led him to the more compassionate field of rehabilitative counseling. As the book describes, he was on the scene in Oklahoma City when domestic terrorists bombed the Murrah Federal Building in 1995, helping hundreds of survivors deal with the trauma of that day for years afterward, for which he was nominated Humanitarian of the Year and later named Counselor of the Year by HealthSouth Oklahoma City.
Now retired, Ron spends time with his lifelong passion of fixing up hot rods—one of which is featured in a dramatic chase scene in the book.