Bitter Blood: A True Story of Southern Family Pride, by Jerry Bledsoe

By Jerry Bledsoe

In this robust and riveting story of 3 households attached via marriage and homicide, of obsessive love and sour custody battles, Jerry Bledsoe recounts the surprising occasions that eventually took 9 lives...

The first our bodies came upon have been these of a feisty millionaire widow and her appealing daughter of their posh Louisville, Kentucky, domestic. Months later, one other prosperous widow and her fashionable son and daughter-in-law have been stumbled on savagely slain in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Mystified police first suspected a qualified within the extraordinary gangland-style killings that shattered the quiet tranquility of 2 well-to-do southern groups. yet quickly a suspicion grew that grew to become their concentration to family.
 
The Sharps. The Newsoms. The Lynches. the one hyperlink among the 3 households used to be a stunning and aristocratic younger mom named Susie Sharp Newsom Lynch. may well this former baby "princess" and fraternity sweetheart have dedicated such barbarous crimes? And what approximately her gun-loving first cousin and lover, Fritz Klenner, son of a nationally popular health professional?

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Delores laughed. “I ride the mower four days a week,” she said. Two Sunday mornings later, as Delores stood complaining about the size of the house and her fear of being in it alone, Marjorie said, “Delores, why don’t you just get rid of it? ” She knew that Delores had wired her home with elaborate alarms, had outfitted it with strong locks, and was scared to the point of paranoia about somebody breaking in on her. “No, it’s not that house that makes me a prisoner,” Delores said. M. when Delores uttered her routine line about Janie and the doughnuts and departed with a wave.

She attempted to teach karate to her mother in weekend classes in her parents’ front yard at Hunting Creek, much to the amusement of neighbors, who speculated about which of them Delores was planning to use it on. Janie’s instructor was a lean, muscular young man, a native of Lexington enrolled at a prestigious out-of-state college. John Trent was nineteen, Janie twenty-five. Their relationship would last five years, during three of which John was away at school. In the beginning, their romance was one of holiday visits, summer vacations, letters, and long-distance calls, but it grew deeper when John returned to Lexington to attend law school.

Her friends knew that she had Janie exactly where she wanted her. Delores had flabbergasted Janie’s fellow students at dental school with her hovering presence in her daughter’s life. Janie lived at home when she began classes, but when she moved into the university’s apartment building for dental and medical students, it was Delores who came with her maid to clean and paint, fix and decorate. And when Janie moved from the second floor to a larger apartment on the seventh floor, Delores repeated the performance.

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