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White Christmas-Bloody Christmas: Finally the True Story of the Lawson Family Murders of Christmas Day Paperback – December, 1990

ISBN-13: 978-0962810800 ISBN-10: 0962810800 Edition: First Edition

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 141 pages
  • Publisher: Upwords Pubns; First Edition edition (December 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0962810800
  • ISBN-13: 978-0962810800
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #682,184 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It is much larger and has more photos and some amazing new information and details.
ReaderMan
I wish I still had my old copy since they are now worth so much, but I did get the new book and I will definitely hold on to it and protect it this time.
Zip Like Magic
I thought the book was fairly well done, considering the length of time elapsed between the actual murders and the time of its writing.
Tammy

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Tammy on November 1, 2000
Format: Paperback
This book deals with murder of an entire family perpetuated, by my Great Uncle Charlie Lawson. I thought the book was fairly well done, considering the length of time elapsed between the actual murders and the time of its writing.
The book is a chilling account of a true story complete with pictures of the plot and farm. It will get under your skin, and cause you to wonder how frail our psyche truly is as human beings.
There are three versions of a song that cover the same story, by three various artists, all the songs were banned in that area of North Carolina. They are 'The Lawson Family Murders' by Doc Watson, 'Murder Of The Lawson Family' by Dave Alvin, and 'Ballad Of The Lawson Family' by Mac Wiseman. Taken side by side with the book, the ballads bring home to the reader, the terrible aftershocks felt by the entire family and community in that tiny, little mountain hamlet after the murders occured.
The book does leave some question in the readers mind, the subject does lend itself to supposition by the authors, but again, considering the time elasped, this is understandable. Overall, the authors did a good job with the subject matter, giving the reader a seeming insiders viewpoint.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Deanna Lawson on September 14, 2002
Format: Paperback
I own this book and have read it three times. I have also used it for a presentation in my Introduction to Law Enforcement class in which I had to review an actual murder that occurred in North Carolina. I had a choice of two murders, Fritz Kleiner or Charlie Lawson, since I am related to both. I chose this book because, at the time of the report, this story was less publicized.
This murder haunts me. The book is written in such detail that its almost as if it takes over something in my spirit to try to find out just what Charlie was thinking to murder his whole family (with the exception of one child) and himself. And more so, why would he buy the whole family new clothing and have their pictures made just days before the murders?
Just this morning at about 3:00 am, a friend and I went to the gravesite. I think I am more haunted by the story than ever now. I highly recommend reading as well as visiting the gravesite if possible.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By local reader on March 4, 2006
Format: Paperback
I am from the area where the murders took place. I have to say, if you know anyone from the area, they are probably related to Charlie Lawson. There was a time in Stokes county where the Lawson family made up for a large population of the entire county. I have visited the grave site many times. (All being in daylight) Nothing has actually happened while I was there, but you do feel an overwhelming feeling of grief just looking at the massive burial plot. This is a very good book. If you are local to the area, make sure you have plenty of time to read it in one sitting, because it is very hard to put down.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Brittany on August 9, 2006
Format: Paperback
I have become extremely, and excessively intrested in this story.

Charlie Lawson was my Great Grandfathers first cousin, and ever since I read this book in march, I have become more and more fascinated and perplexed by this story.

Some how I did not read the last part of this book where it tells

you about the incest.(don't ask how I could miss it)

I was going through the book recently and noticed it, and

in my opinion it makes at least some scence of the terrible event that happened that day.

I see that some people take the side of not believing the incest told

in this book as being true, but they don't give any proof otherwise.

It was known by close

friends, and neighbors that the Lawson family was having serious troubles

in their home, so if not what is told in this book by people with first hand experience, and

testimonials then what was the problem? I tend to believe Stella Lawson.

If it is not true why would Stella lie?

She would not want to make such a scandulous lie about her own family!

I saw that someone mentioned how he was hit

in the head with the maddock, but the docter who examained him said there

was nothing that would cause him to do this. Another mentioned that her grandpa

Claude Lawson told her the story, but did not include the incest. In the book

it says Fannie only confided in her three sister in-laws, so it is possible he did

not know or maybe he didn't want that part of the story to be spread. I personally have no DOUBT that Stella Lawson is right. That is just what I believe.

I will be in

NC in september, and I hope to talk to some family while there. I would love to hear anyones opinions and thoughts on this story. And I will definetly visit the grave site.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By ReaderMan on August 28, 2009
Format: Paperback
This is an outstanding look at a famous murder that was already very old at the time the authors began to research it in the late 1980s. Not sure if everyone knows that a new version of the story has been put out in hard cover by the author of this one. It is much larger and has more photos and some amazing new information and details. White Christmas Bloody Christmas will always be collectible and unique because it was done before the new digital age of publishing, but if you want a really good take on this subject you should also look into the author's newer book, THE MEANING OF OUR TEARS. It is truly amazing--complete with the new information that there was a witness to the murders who only spoke about it late in his life. Look for it on Amazon as a collectible or still available on the author's site, too.
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