Relationship with Truman Capote
Truman Capote was a neighbor of Harper Lee when they both lived in Monroeville, Alabama as children. The two were best friends as children, and Lee based the character of Dill Harris after Capote. In 1956, the two met again later in life. While Capote was writing an article for The New Yorker about the murder of four members of the Clutter family, Lee traveled with him to Kansas to assist him with interviews of town members, friends, and investigators of the case. During the interview process, the alleged killers were caught in Las Vegas and later interviewed by both Lee and Capote. Harper's notes from the interviews were given to Truman, and Capote worked with Lee periodically on his article which later became the nonfiction novel In Cold Blood. Truman dedicated the book to Lee and his friend Jack Dunphy, however, Capote never recognized Lee for her contributions to the novel. Harper was upset and disappointed with Truman, but she still stayed friends with him until his death in 1984.