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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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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Best book I've ever read Feb. 17 2004
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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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1.0 out of 5 stars Vicious Scandal-Mongering April 19 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This nasty rag is supposedly about the exploits of the mentally-ill Fritz Klenner, son of pioneering orthomolecular clinician F. W. Klenner, MD. Yet it is mostly guesswork and hearsay, stitched together with newspaper-clipping quality journalism and detective-novel gore and intrigue.
Bledsoe aims several vicious attacks against the unorthodox but highly successful treatment protocols of the elder Klenner, emphasizing his few failures to help patients. He discredits, ignores or deprecates his many successes, portraying Dr. Klenner as some quack dispensing useless if not harmful treatments.
There is no compassion here for the ill-fated son, who evidently descended into paranoid schizophrenia; nor for the heartbreak of the father who saw his parental hopes and pride shattered. Other[s] ... who dismisses Fritz as "crazy", "evil" or, charitably, "unbalanced", fail to understand the extend of his mental illness. Nor does Bledsoe even scrape the surface of trying to fathom it or draw parallels to other psychiatric cases. ...P>Interested people should find out more about Dr. Klenner's fascinating life work, and pass on the lurid sensationalism and scandal-mongering pandered by this "journalist".
Read instead the books by Abram Hoffer, Carl C. Pfeiffer, Allan Cott, Linus Pauling, Irwin Stone and others (most available here on Amazon or by web search) to find out what Dr. Frederick W. Klenner was really up to, and how he was doing it decades before others followed his example.
As for "Bitter Blood", it's a tosser IMO. Better detective reading can be found almost anywhere, especially where it doesn't try to mis- or under-represent facts.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Overcooked! Dec 30 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
"Bitter Bloood" tells the story of two separate murders, one in Kentucky and one in North Carolina that turn out to be "related". I won't give the ending away in a review-suffiice it to say that author Bledsoe unravels the murders and puts them together again in a cohesive and interesting fashion. That is the good news. The bad news is that he required 573 pages, in relatively small type, to do so. This is a looong read!! Major detriments to the tale are the lengthy personal and geographical background settings Bledsoe employs. This helps the reader identify with the characters and locales but greatly adds to the time and effort required to stay abreast of the plot. Better editing, if any serious "editing" is actually done these days, should have shortened "BB" with no negative effect. One has to give Bledsoe his due on one point: He obviously put an enormous amount of work and research into "BB". I can visualize him working and reworking chapters, checking interview transcripts, notes, etc. The result is a very credible piece of true crime writing, which overcomes the rather strange cast of characters. I can only wish Bledsoe had taken a "less is more" approach and "filed" some of his material. True crime devotees and residents of the Winston-Salem/Greensboro NC corridor can safely ignore the negative points in this review. I still plan to buy another Bledsoe work because I respect any writer who works as hard as he ovviously does. A final word: Follow the "Ann Rule rule" and skip over the centerfold photos until the book is finished.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Overcooked! Dec 30 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
"Bitter Bloood" tells the story of two separate murders, one in Kentucky and one in North Carolina that turn out to be "related". I won't give the ending away in a review-suffiice it to say that author Bledsoe unravels the murders and puts them together again in a cohesive and interesting fashion. That is the good news. The bad news is that he required 573 pages, in relatively small type, to do so. This is a looong read!! Major detriments to the tale are the lengthy personal and geographical background settings Bledsoe employs. This helps the reader identify with the characters and locales but greatly adds to the time and effort required to stay abreast of the plot. Better editing, if any serious "editing" is actually done these days, should have shortened "BB" with no negative effect. One has to give Bledsoe his due on one point: He obviously put an enormous amount of work and research into "BB". I can visualize him working and reworking chapters, checking interview transcripts, notes, etc. The result is a very credible piece of true crime writing, which overcomes the rather strange cast of characters. I can only wish Bledsoe had taken a "less is more" approach and "filed" some of his material. True crime devotees and residents of the Winston-Salem/Greensboro NC corridor can safely ignore the negative points in this review. I still plan to buy another Bledsoe work because I respect any writer who works as hard as he ovviously does. A final word: Follow the "Ann Rule rule" and skip over the centerfold photos until the book is finished.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A page turner
Very thorough account of the lives, involving murders both in Kentucky, and North Carolina. I would suggest this book to all..
Published 16 days ago by Mike
3.0 out of 5 stars This book is for you if you like that type of information overload but...
The story was very interesting but in my opinion far to much irrelevant background information that was not relevant to the actual case. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Ed
4.0 out of 5 stars good book
A very interesting look into a highly dysfunctional family. Highly recommend to those who enjoy true crime novels.
Published on April 12 2004 by Jennifer L. Oliver
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding
Fantastic story, and a sad tale of a family gone wrong. Bledsoe is an excellent writer.
Published on Aug. 7 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant and captivating........ you can't put it down!
This book was one of the most complicated and twisted stories I have ever read yet I enjoyed every minute of it. Read more
Published on July 28 2003
4.0 out of 5 stars Many victims in this story but the children.....
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. Read more
Published on Sept. 17 2002 by Terry M. Callen
5.0 out of 5 stars YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS STUFF UP...
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... Read more
Published on Aug. 3 2002 by Lawyeraau
5.0 out of 5 stars I couldn't put it down - it was THAT good.
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. Read more
Published on May 27 2002 by Lysa Burleson
5.0 out of 5 stars YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS STUFF UP...
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... Read more
Published on Dec 7 2001 by Lawyeraau
5.0 out of 5 stars PHENOMENOL!
What a great book! I read slowly, and still finished the book in two days. I read it again... twice! Jerry Bledsoe is a MASTER at storytelling and reasearch. Read more
Published on April 27 2001
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