The ‘Bitter Blood’ witness: 30 years ago he saw the deadly explosion and bloody aftermath
For the past week, the News & Record has been looking back 30 years to one of the most sensational and shocking stories to grip this region, the Bitter Blood saga, a lurid tale of murder, incest and, ultimately, tragedy.
Now the newspaper is sharing a story it didn’t expect. It emerged from a black and white photograph — a shirtless boy staring away from the scene that day. Information stamped on the back of that photo led the newspaper to Kerry Loggins, a witness who in his own way is a victim of that day, too.
Kerry Loggins wasn’t always this way.
Withdrawn. Solitary. Maybe even reclusive.
He vaguely remembers a different version of himself — athletic and engaged, outgoing and fun-loving.
But that was so long ago. Thirty years last week.
Loggins, 43, will never know for sure what caused the nightmares, why he’s skittish in crowds, why leaving home brings about crippling anxiety.
He has an idea.
On June 3, 1985 — a Monday — the 13-year-old stepped off a school bus in front of his house on N.C 150 in Summerfield.
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