Patricia Gail Blakley had prayed for the perfect man to be her husband and thought those prayers had been answered when Theodore “Ted” Mead Kimble came into her life.
Ted, however, was in it only for himself. His employer, Gary Lyle’s, was willing to turn over his business to Ted only after he was married. And Ted desperately wanted that business.
In May 1994, Ted got the wife. Soon thereafter he got the business. But by October of 1995, Ted was wanting more.
Patricia was adamant they save money or, at the very least, not spend more than they earned. So Ted called a plan B into action.
When Patricia’s body is discovered in the couple’s burning home, it seems at first to be horrible accident; until they spot the gunshot wound to the back of her head. Working diligently round the clock, detectives fear the homicide is headed for the cold case files.
Until Ted’s dirty little secrets start surfacing.
Seems the charming, handsome preacher’s boy may have missed a few sermons on The Ten Commandments. What once threatened to become a cold case turns into a blazing hot trial right up to a man who may have married with murder on his mind and a Marine willing to do anything for his big brother.
Previously published in 2000 under the title Unholy Covenant, author Lynn Chandler-Willis released the book in 2003 with the more appropriate title The Preacher’s Son. She follows the case from its fiery beginnings to the turn of the jailer’s key. And the best part is the super condensed trial section. No surprises, but no rehash – fantastic!
Chandler-Willis discloses every single secret in the Kimble family closet. It’s like reading a long, well-organized, intensely written gossip column.
Oh yeah, I loved it. And I definitely recommend it to you. Enjoy!
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UPDATES FROM THIS BOOK:
I was disappointed I could locate no updates for Patricia’s parents, Richard Blakley and Sheila Blakley. The most recent update on her brother, Rueben Blakley is that he is a Maintenance Engineer with the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, and he lives in Randleman, North Carolina.
The updates were limited, and somewhat outdated, for Ronnie Lee Kimble, Sr. and his wife, Edna Kimble. An obituary from 2009 lists “Pastor Ronnie Kimble” as the service speaker for a funeral in North Carolina, so I can only draw from this an assumption they are still in Julian, North Carolina.
Mitch Whidden is presently a Senior Pastor at Barrington Ridge Baptist Church in Hobart, Indiana. He and his wife, Debbie Whidden are still married.