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Bitter Blood: A True Story of Southern Family Pride, Madness, and Multiple Murder [Mass Market Paperback]

Jerry Bledsoe
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April 14 1989 Onyx
In this unrelenting real-life drama of three wealthy families connected by marriage and murder, Bledsoe recounts the shocking events, obsessive love, and bitter custody battles that led toward the bloody climax that took nine lives. Reissued to coincide with Bledsoe's new hardcover Blood Games (11/91).

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This book recreates a complex case that claimed nine lives, one of the more shocking crimes of recent years. The links in all the deaths were Susan Lynch and her cousin Fritz Klenner, each from a prominent, upper-middle-class Southern family. The murders began with the shootings of Lynch's ex-mother-in-law and ex--sister-in-law in Kentucky, and continued with the slayings of her parents and grandmother in North Carolina. What connected the killings was the bitter divorce between Susie and her husband Tom, and the impending custody battle for their children, particularly since it became increasingly clear that Susie regarded the boys as pawns in a power struggle. The deaths that she prepared for her two sons, and which inadvertently killed her and Klenner as well, provide a dramatic climax to this account of families too blind to realize that well-bred folk can be dangerous. Bledsoe wrote an award-winning series about the case in 1985 in the Greensboro (N.C.) News & Record. Photos not seen by PW. BOMC, QPBC and Mystery Book Club alternates.
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars WOW!!! April 5 2004
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I totally agree with the reader from Kansas City, Missouri- I only enjoy reading true crime books and my favorite are family murders. Jerry Bledsoe is by far the best true crime author I have read. While all his books are 5++ stars, Bitter Blood is one of the best books I have ever read. I immediately went out and bought all his other works. My only complaint is that he needs to write more books!
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4.0 out of 5 stars good book April 12 2004
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A very interesting look into a highly dysfunctional family. Highly recommend to those who enjoy true crime novels.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best book I've ever read Feb. 17 2004
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I have read nearly 200 true crime books, and this is easily the best one ever. Jerry Bledsoe is an incredible author. This book is very long and covers lots of history and detail. The author goes back in time and reviews the life stories of all the relatives of the major players, and by the time they all come together, you understand and appreciate exactly what is going on. Many readers do not like books with a lot of history, but this one is done so incredibly well and it really adds to the emotion of the story once the tragedies begin. This story involves several large families with very prominent members. You watch as people change gradually, but nothing can prepare you for the final tragedy. The book is written from the perspective of an unknown character at first, which makes you want to read and read until all your questions are answered. The story is thrilling, except for the fact that it was true which makes it so heartbreaking. I have read this book 3 times already, I have given it as a gift to all my friends who read true crime, I have read every book written by Jerry Bledsoe (although there are not nearly enough), and I have loved them all. I highly recommend this book to any true crime fan.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Aug. 7 2003
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
Fantastic story, and a sad tale of a family gone wrong. Bledsoe is an excellent writer.
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This book was one of the most complicated and twisted stories I have ever read yet I enjoyed every minute of it. Bledsoe has taken a complex mess and woven it into a very readable and enjoyable tale of revenge and madness. Great book and I recommend it to anyone interested in true crime. I wish it were out on audio books as I would love to send this one to my mother who can no longer read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Many victims in this story but the children..... Sept. 17 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I felt the worst about their murder at the hands of their so-called "mother" and the psycho she was involved with, her own cousin.
Susie Lynch could have benefitted immensely from a good thrashing when she was still young enough for it to do any good. What a spoiled, self-centered brat. And Fritz Klenner - I can't understand how anyone could call him anything other than what he was - a head case!
It's a shame two young boys had to die...along with countless other innocent people....because two sociopaths who couldn't handle the real world and reality decided they were in the way.
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5.0 out of 5 stars YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS STUFF UP... Aug. 3 2002
By Lawyeraau TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is about as engrossing a true crime book as one can get. Well researched and compellingly written, it tracks the story of three families whose lives intertwine only to culminate in boodshed. It is a story that will enthrall the reader, as well as tug at the reader's heartstrings, because of the tragic familial implications.
At the heart of the horror that this book reveals is a beautiful southern belle, Susie Sharp Newsom Lynch, who together with her first cousin and lover, Fritz Klenner, the mentally unbalanced son of a prominent doctor, goes on to be involved in unspeakable acts. It is a riveting book that will keep the reader turning the pages and is one of the best books in the true crime genre.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I couldn't put it down - it was THAT good. May 27 2002
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This rather large true crime book is an edge of your seat, can't put it down, kind of book. I stayed up nearly 24 hours just so I could finish it in one sitting. It is THAT good.
Jerry Bledsoe is one of the genre's best authors. This book is a chilling portrayal of family murder, madness, revenge, and greed. If you are a true crime fan, this is a must have! If, as one reviewer wanted, you want to read about Vitamin C shots, and medicine this is not the book for you.
Bravo, Jerry for another outstanding book!
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