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  • Lieth Von Stein was an American man whose murder launched a well-known trial in North Carolina. An executive at National Spinning, a textile factory in Washington, North Carolina, Von Stein was stabbed and bludgeoned to death by James Bartlett Upchurch III as the result of a plot masterminded by his stepson Chris Pritchard, with whom Von Stein reputedly had had an antagonistic relationship. His wife, Bonnie, was also attacked, but survived. The subsequent trial revealed that Pritchard was motivated by the potential of inheriting his stepfather's fortune, which was derived from his family's dry cleaning chain, Camel City Dry Cleaners in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. The case and ensuing trial were the subject of several books and TV films. The 1991 book Cruel Doubt by Joe McGinniss was adapted for TV on May 1992 as a 2-part miniseries of the same name. The 1992 book Blood Games by Jerry Bledsoe was released on TV in April 1992 under the name Honor Thy Mother. The case was considered particularly lurid because of the involvement of the three conspirators with the role-playing game, Dungeons & Dragons, which both films heavily emphasized.

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