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Family Blood: The True Story of the Yom Kippur Murders
     

Family Blood: The True Story of the Yom Kippur Murders

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by Mr. Marvin J. Wolf, Mr. Larry Attebery (With)
 

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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

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781482012873
Publisher:
CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date:
01/27/2013
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
338
Sales rank:
897,525
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

The son of a junk man and a mad housewife, Marvin J. Wolf worked as a dishwasher, sold encyclopedias door-to-door, taught hand-to-hand combat in the US Army Ranger School, served as a basic training drill instructor, and as an infantry squad leader--all before his 21st birthday. In 1965 he reenlisted and maneuvered himself into a combat photographer's assignmen. The following year, in Vietnam, he was awarded a battlefield commission. Over the next eight years he served as a company commander, a senior staff officer, and as the Seventh Infantry Division Public Affairs Officer. Following his discharge, Wolf spent the next decade as a photojournalist. After gaining sole custody of his teenage daughter, Wolf segued into writing, beginning with magazine work. His first book, The Japanese Conspiracy (Empire Books, New York, 1983) led to a career switch and a dozen more books, including collaborations with ABC Television founder Leonard H. Goldenson, Native American leader Russell Means, and former South Vietnamese prime minister General Nguyen Cao Ky. In 2001, Wolf took up screenwriting. (Ladies Night, USA Network, 2005) In 2011 he wrote his first novel. He lives in Los Angeles with his now forty-something daughter and a snobbish terrier-chihuahua mix.

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Family Blood: The True Story of the Yom Kippur Murders 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
truecrimefan More than 1 year ago
Well -written,objectively portrayed true-crime book. Dramatic, but not exploitative .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
To look into the lives of rich,greedy , power hungry people and it all comes crashing down to murder.
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Well written
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