Bitter Blood: A True Story of Southern Family Pride, Madness, and Multiple Murder by Jerry BledsoeIn this powerful and riveting tale of three families connected by marriage and murder, of obsessive love and bitter custody battles, Jerry Bledsoe recounts the shocking events that ultimately took nine lives...
The first bodies found were those of a feisty millionaire widow and her beautiful daughter in their posh Louisville, Kentucky, home. Months later, another wealthy widow and her prominent son and daughter-in-law were found savagely slain in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Mystified police first suspected a professional in the bizarre gangland-style killings that shattered the quiet tranquility of two well-to-do southern communities. But soon a suspicion grew that turned their focus to family.
The Sharps. The Newsoms. The Lynches. The only link between the three families was a beautiful and aristocratic young mother named Susie Sharp Newsom Lynch. Could this former child princess and fraternity sweetheart have committed such barbarous crimes? And what about her gun-loving first cousin and lover, Fritz Klenner, son of a nationally renowned doctor?
Frederick Robert “Fritz” Klenner, Jr
Well written account Chris, I may need to read the book soon. I had heard the title but never the story of events. Horrible story. So sad. I can't put a finger on what disturbs me the most.
Klenner, a native of Reidsville, was a suspect in the murders of three people in Winston-Salem and two in Kentucky. Klenner, who had deceived and manipulated family and friends for years, had become romantically involved with his first cousin, Susie Newsom Lynch, after she divorced. Klenner, who for many years pretended to be a medical student at Duke to please his father, added service in the CIA to his imagined resume. With law enforcement closing in on the couple a few weeks later, Klenner loaded his Blazer with weapons and rigged it to explode. One of the Kentucky detectives located Klenner, barely alive, in a ditch. Hoping for a confession the detective leaned an ear toward Klenner, who gurgled blood and died. Evidence later revealed that the young boys had been poisoned with cyanide and shot in the head by their mother prior to the explosion.
Bitter Blood is composed of various newspaper articles from the Greensboro News and Record and personal eyewitness accounts of several homicides in and The setting for the majority of the book is located in rural North Carolina , and more specifically, in Rockingham County and Guilford County. Bledsoe recounts the shocking events, obsessive love, and bitter custody battles which led to the bloody climax that took nine lives. Shortly after the finalization of their divorce and the beginning of their power struggles, Susie Newsom became intimate with her first cousin, Fritz Klenner. Fritz followed in the footsteps of his father, Frederick Klenner, MD, and started his own medical practice in Reidsville, North Carolina.