Perry was very shy, but after a while he said, "One thing I really like is Spanish rice." So I promised to make him some, and he smiled kind of, and I decided - well, he wasn't the worst young man I ever saw
During the first few days after the murder, Richard Hickock was always hungry, however, Perry had no appetite. Perry subsisted only on cigarettes and aspirin.
As a child I would always be scared because I thought my father was going to hurt me. I also remember that my mother would always drink alcohol and get beaten by my father.
You'll have to kill me before you do that.
I'm gonna bust that girl.
I'm a thief, but I only steal if I don't have money. Dick would still steal chewing gum if he had one-hundred dollars.
After Perry described the murder of the Clutter family to Dewey, Dewey felt that he could look at Perry without anger. Dewey also felt sympathy towards Perry because he led a hard life that was pitiful and lonely.