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N.C. Author Interested In Arsenic Poisoning Case

Posted May 22, 2001 2:29 a.m. EDT

— The mysterious arsenic poisoning of UNC researcher Eric Miller continues to intrigue many people, including one best-selling author.

Jerry Bledsoe writes true crime books and recently chronicled the life of Velma Barfield, a convicted serial killer from Robeson County who used arsenic. Bledsoe is not sure anyone will ever be charged in the Miller case, since it appears to be circumstantial.

"There are any number of ways that these facts or so-called facts -- we don't really know what the facts are -- can be interpreted," he says.

Bledsoe believes whoever killed Miller did not have a lot of experience using arsenic. Miller may have received a half dozen doses or more. Bledsoe says a more experienced killer would use just a dose or two.