Frederick Robert "Fritz" Klenner Jr.
Posted by: 3newsomes
N 36° 20.840 W 079° 39.512
17S E 620374 N 4023309
Quick Description: Located in Greenview Cemetery in Reidsville, NC
Location: North Carolina, United States
Date Posted: 7/27/2010 6:41:22 PM
Waymark Code: WM9BQ3
In the 1980's, the small town of Reidsville was rocked by a bizarre multiple-murder case that ultimately pointed to one of its own, Frederick "Fritz" Klenner Jr. A bitter child custody dispute between "Fritz'" first cousin and lover Suzie Sharp Newsom Lynch and her ex-husband preceded the brutal murders of her ex-husband's mother and sister near Louisville, KY, as well as her mother, father, and grandmother in Winston Salem, NC. It has been proven that "Fritz" murdered Lynch's in-laws in Kentucky and is highly suspected that he murdered Lynch's parents and grandmother as well. Lynch's involvement in the murders was also suspected by many but never proven. On June 3, 1985, during a low-speed police chase when authorities began closing in on them, "Fritz" and Lynch ended their lives with a car bomb, as well as the lives of her two young sons.
The crimes are the subject of Jerry Bledsoe's book "Bitter Blood" as well as a made-for-TV movie ("In the Best of Families: Marriage, Pride & Madness") starring Harry Hamlin, Kelly McGillis and Keith Carradine. They are also the subject of the seasonal haunted house, "Nightmare on Scales Street," housed in "Fritz'" father's former downtown clinic (Waymark WM7CJ7).
Buried here as well are "Fritz'" father and mother. His father, Dr. Frederick Klenner, received national attention in the 1940's for his experiments with the use of a Vitamin C megadosage as a treatment for polio. Many of his experiments were performed on himself. In addition, on May 23, 1946 at Annie Penn Memorial Hospital, he delivered the "Fultz Quadruplets", the world's first recorded set of African American quadruplets and the first quadruplets to survive in the southern United States. Dr. Klenner took it upon himself to name the girls, all of them Mary, followed by the names of the women in the Klenner family - Anne, the doctor's wife; Louise, his daughter; Alice, his aunt; and Catherine, his great-aunt.
Date of birth: 7/11/1952
Date of death: 6/3/1985
Area of notoriety: Crime
Marker Type: Headstone
Visiting Hours/Restrictions: No Trespassing after Dark / No Trespassing from 9 PM to 6 AM
Fee required?: No
Web site: Not listed
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