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Jerry Bledsoe - book author

Jerry Bledsoe is the author of "The New York Times "#1 bestseller "Bitter Blood, "and others. He has written for "Esquire, The New York Times, "and many other publications. He lives in North Carolina and Virginia.

Jerry Bledsoe is the author of books: Bitter Blood: A True Story of Southern Family Pride, Madness, and Multiple Murder, Before He Wakes: A True Story of Money, Marriage, Sex and Murder, Death Sentence: The True Story of Velma Barfield's Life, Crimes, and Punishment, Blood Games, The Angel Doll: A Christmas Story, Blood Games: A True Account of Family Murder, A Gift of Angels: Sequel to the Angel Doll, a Christmas Story, Death by Journalism?: One Teacher's Fateful Encounter with Political Correctness, Blue Horizons: Faces and Places from a Bicycle Journey Along the Blue Ridge Parkway, You Can't Live on Radishes

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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...

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?
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Barbara Stager appeared to be a devoted mother, loving wife, and dedicated church leader in her North Carolina community. When she "accidentally" shot her husband, a popular high school coach, the police believed it was an accident. Then they found out her previous husband had died in a similar manner, and her facade began to unravel. Photos.
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Everybody knew Velma Barfield as the perfect wife and a loving grandmother. But there was something about her that nobody knew. Velma had a secret life, and a sick urge to kill.
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An account of the murder of wealthy North Carolinian Lieth von Stein describes how von Stein's stepson, a young man obsessed with Dungeons & Dragons, attacked his mother and stepfather in their beds while they slept.
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If even a small part of a child still lives within your heart, you can't help but be captivated by this deeply moving novella based on bestselling author Jerry Bledsoe's childhood memories.

Set in a North Carolina manufacturing town during the 1950s, it is the poignant story of two ten-year-old boys and their search for an angel doll, a search that turned into a lesson of love.

Every day Whitey Black reads The Littlest Angel to his sister Sandy, a four-year-old stricken with polio. Now she wants just one thing for Christmas: an angel doll. Unfortunately, in this small North Carolina town, no one has ever heard of such a thing. Nevertheless, Whitey Black and his best friend set out to find her one, at great cost and for even greater reward.

Along the way they learn much about sadness and heartbreak, but most important, they learn about the transformative power of love.

The Angel Doll is about childhood reaching out in later life and grabbing hold-never to be forgotten or remembered exactly as it was. Timeless and touching, The Angel Doll is sure to become a family favorite and a tradition for years to come.
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Critics proclaimed Jerry Bledsoe's bestseller, The Angel Doll, an instant classic and a family treasure. It sold more than 110,000 copies in hardcover, was excerpted in Good Housekeeping, selected by The Literary Guild, Doubleday Book Club, and Crossings Book Club, and was published in Germany and Japan. The mass market paperback will be released by St. Martin's Press in the fall of 1999, and a feature film is in production for release at Christmas 1999.In The Angel Doll, we met Whitey Black, who despite his poverty sets out to get an angel doll for his four-year-old sister because she loves The Littlest Angel story so much. Although his sister doesn't live to see her doll, we learn of another angel who many years later gives angel dolls to children in terminal hospital wards each Christmas.In this deeply moving sequel to The Angel Doll, Bledsoe tells the rest of the story and brings the characters full-circle to present day. A story of friendship, love, and giving, it is certain to bring tears to the eyes of all who read it -- even if they never heard of The Angel Doll.
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When Rhonda Winters, director of the Archdale campus of Randolph Community College, decided to offer an adult, community outreach course on the Civil War in North Carolina, she couldn't have imagined the storm of political correctness she was setting into motion and the nightmare it would bring.The course was almost finished, and the students were enjoying it immensely, when a controversy-seeking reporter for the News & Record of Greensboro, who had entered the class without permission, clashed with instructors and students and wrote an article falsely claiming that the course was teaching that slaves in the South were happy.Picked up by the Associated Press and reprinted worldwide, the article brought a barrage of vituperative news coverage and vilification to the college. Although students, instructors and college officials protested that the newspaper's sensational claims never happened, News & Record editors insisted that its articles were fair and accurate -- even after evidence indicated otherwise.The articles resulted in branding the college, students and instructors as racist, and brought about an investigation by the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights and the cancellation of the course.In this engrossing, moving, and frightening account, national award-winning journalist and New York Times #1 bestselling author Jerry Bledsoe takes readers into the class to show what actually happened and behind the scenes as college officials, students, and instructors attempted to deal with the crisis. But more than that, it tells the story of an honorable man, Jack Perdue, the course instructor, a local historian and preservationist, who died during the controversy. A man whomfamily, friends and students believe was destroyed by the news media.Death by Journalism? raises important questions about free speech, academic freedom, political correctness, racial politics, and integrity of the news media. It should be required reading for journalism students.
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With age 50 fast approaching, Jerry Bledsoe felt the need for adventure. He found it by riding his bicycle the entire 470-mile distance of the Blue Ridge Parkway.