Family Blood: The True Story of the Yom Kippur Murders

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Gerald Woodman, an Englishman and an Orthodox Jew, came to American penniless and hungry for the good life. By 1980 he had gained and lost two fortunes, had built his plastics company into a cash cow that supported his large extended family in great luxury. Killed in 1985 along with his wife Vera, the police asked Vera's sister if the Woodmans had any enemies, she replied , 'Yes, their sons.' Family Blood follows the investigation of these murders and reveals a story of the American Dream gone wrong. Gerald, ...
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Family Blood: The True Story of the Yom Kippur Murders

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Gerald Woodman, an Englishman and an Orthodox Jew, came to American penniless and hungry for the good life. By 1980 he had gained and lost two fortunes, had built his plastics company into a cash cow that supported his large extended family in great luxury. Killed in 1985 along with his wife Vera, the police asked Vera's sister if the Woodmans had any enemies, she replied , 'Yes, their sons.' Family Blood follows the investigation of these murders and reveals a story of the American Dream gone wrong. Gerald, behind his facade of charm, piety and filial warmth, was a ruthless, amoral businessman, a philandering husband, a ferociously abusive father, and a compulsive gambler. His sons, Neil and Stewart, inherited his charm and business principles. This is the story of the hidden dynamics of an outwardly successful American family that came to a shocking and violent end. It is also the story of a clan of whose menfolk guarded a dark secret from their wives - and everyone else - for three generations. Further it is the chronicle of two dogged police detectives who exposed the Woodman's sordid secrets to the light of justice.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781482012873
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
  • Publication date: 1/27/2013
  • Pages: 338
  • Sales rank: 830,799
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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  • Posted April 20, 2013

    Well worth reading

    Well -written,objectively portrayed true-crime book. Dramatic, but not exploitative .

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 24, 2013

    Not a who dunnit, but a why did they do it. A fabulous account o

    Not a who dunnit, but a why did they do it. A fabulous account of an otherwise inexplicable double murder. We meet the Woodman family,
    first and second generation English immigrants, whose story, at first glance, is the realization of the American Dream, a young man who arrives
    in pre-WWII America, sends for and marries his childhood sweetheart, moves to California and through diligence and constant effort builds
    a company that makes him a millionaire. Then the author peels back the layers of deceit and chicanery, revealing an amazing train wreck
    of a family engaged in every sort of criminal  business practices. Theft, swindling, tax evasion, extortion--everything you could imagine
    that a family-owned business could engage in, and then more that is almost beyond belief. When it all comes apart, the two older sons
    take control of the family enterprise, by then worth many millions, force their father out, and proceed to --- well, read the book. You won't be
    able to put it down. 

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted April 8, 2014

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    Well written

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