Perry Smith

Daniel M. Ogilvie

in Fantasies of Flight

Published in print January 2004 | ISBN: 9780195157468
Published online April 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199894024 | DOI:
Perry Smith

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Perry Smith was charged, found guilty, and subsequently executed for his participation in the murder of four members of the Clutter family in Holcomb, Kansas. Perry was the lead character in Truman Capote's “non-fiction novel” In Cold Blood. In his dreams of flight, Perry was assisted in his imaginary voyages through the sky by a large bird that appeared in his dreams and rescued him from life's hardships by carrying him to heaven. This chapter continues the inquiry into the meaning of fantasized flight by considering the need-fulfilling role of the imaginary bird that made frequent appearances in Perry's dreams.

Keywords: Perry Smith; flying dreams; flying fantasies; flight; imaginary bird

Chapter.  6334 words. 

Subjects: Cognitive Psychology

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