Bobby Rupp

In Cold Blood, Truman Capote

Who is he?

Bobby Rupp is Nancy's boyfriend, and the star of the high school basketball team. Immediately following the discovery of the murders, he is singled out as a suspect, adding personal indignity to the devastating loss of Nancy and her family. After Bobby passes his lie detector test and is no longer a suspect, he turns inward. He doesn't attend the funerals. He buckles down at school and scores good marks. He is reported as saying he still has nightmares about the incident.

Bobby and Nancy were doomed to be together due to their differences in religious belief as Bobby is Roman Catholic and Nancy was a methodist.

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Bobby's Purpose

Bobby was basically in the novel to create another suspect, a little bit of suspense because nobody ever really expects the murderer to be the boyfriend.