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Florence Abigail Sharp Newsom
Birth: Apr. 14, 1919
Reidsville
Rockingham County
North Carolina, USA
Death: May 18, 1985
Winston-Salem
Forsyth County
North Carolina, USA

Murder victim. Florence Newsom, her husband, Robert Newsom, and her mother-in-law, Hattie Newsom were shot to death in their home by Fritz Klenner on May 18, 1985. Florence's daughter, Susie and her first cousin, Fritz had developed an unnaturally close relationship. Florence's husband, Robert had planned to testify in court on May 23,1985, in favor of his daughter's ex-husband getting more visitation rights to his grandsons, instead they were buried on that day. On June 3, 1985, officers from several agencies attempted to arrest Klenner for the murders. As the police closed in on their suspect Klenner gave them a slow speed chase down Highway 150, north of Greensboro, with Susie and her sons in his Chevy Blazer. At one point, Klenner opened fire with automatic weapons, wounding one Greensboro officer. Fritz ended their lives when he detonated a bomb that was under the passenger seat. Lynch's two small sons, already poisoned and shot, were in the back of the blazer. Jerry Bledsoe's book "Bitter Blood" tells the story of the obsessive love, and bitter custody battles that connected three wealthy families by marriage and left nine people dead. There was also a 1994 made for tv movie "In the Best of Families: Marriage, Pride & Madness" starring Harry Hamlin and Kelly McGillis. (bio by: The Patriot) 
 
Family links: 
 Spouse:
  Robert Wesley Newsom (1920 - 1985)*
 
 Children:
  Susie Sharp Newsom Lynch (1946 - 1985)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Forsyth Memorial Park
Winston-Salem
Forsyth County
North Carolina, USA
 
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Originally Created by: The Patriot
Record added: Sep 15, 2004
Find A Grave Memorial# 9466236
Florence Abigail <i>Sharp</i> Newsom
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Florence Abigail <i>Sharp</i> Newsom
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Florence Abigail <i>Sharp</i> Newsom
Added by: S.G. Thompson
 
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