The terrifying #1 New York Times bestseller about the unbreakable ties of blood
The first bodies found were those of a feisty millionaire widow and her 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?
In 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, building to a truly horrifying climax that will leave you stunned.
“Recreates one of the most shocking crimes of recent years!”—Publishers Weekly
“Absorbing suspense…Bledsoe leaves no pebble unturned in his reporting.”—Chicago Tribune
“An astonishing, shocking and riveting account, brilliantly chronicled.”—Detroit News-Free Press
“An engrossing southern gothic sure to delight fans of the true-crime genre. Bledsoe maintains the suspense with a sure hand.”—Charlotte Observer
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.
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I was first introduced to this book by the LMN (Lifetime Movie Network) movie that was based upon it. Suffice it to say, the movie was "Oscar-worthy", so I simply had to get the book. So glad that the book did the movie a great justice. I was captivated by the intricate weaving of old-money and family feuds that led up to the explosive conclusion.
This is virtually unreadable. The author goes into endless detail on the lives of every character.
Gave up after reading a quarter of the book.
This was a well-written, gripping, and thoroughly researched book (maybe a little too thorough....at times the book dragged at the end). This is a fascinating & bizarre story that I can hardly believe actually happened. I definitely recommend this book as one of the better ones in the true crime genre.