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A true story of sin, sex, and murder in a small Arkansas town.
by Anita Paddock
When Ruie Ann Park—a pillar of the Van Buren, Arkansas, community—was found beaten
to death and lying in a pool of blood in her home, the police and local residents assumed the
son was the murderer. But the years would uncover a more sinister story.
Until that night, the Park family seemed to have it all. For fifty years they owned and
published the Press Argus newspaper. Hugh was well-connected politically, and his wife, Ruie Ann,
was the local historian, journalist, and teacher. They had a brilliant son and a shy adopted daughter.
They built a beautiful home on top of Logtown Hill with a vista overlooking the Arkansas River, but
their idyllic life ended with divorce. Ruie Ann stayed in the home, becoming more bitter and more
demanding of the daughter who couldn't match up to her beloved son.
The son, Sam Hugh, had a promising legal career, but his fondness for young boys, alcohol, and drugs
doomed what should have been a successful law practice in his hometown. The daughter, Linda, graduated
from college, married an attorney, and moved away to a small town near Little Rock.
The police were baffled. Who was smart enough to hide all evidence and pass the lie detector test?
And who would want to bludgeon this mother to death?
Praise for Blind Rage
This is one of the best and most intriguing books I have read. I couldn't put it down. The author
brought life to this story and I felt like I was there in the middle of the mystery. A must read.
Awesome job, love the way this book was put together. *****!
Blind Rage is Very well written! I would love to read more from this Author!!
- Cindi Bean
A well written book.
- James Wingier
Good read. Thanks.
- Dan Lindamood, Jr.
Wonderful book. This book flowed well and was easily read. I had little bit of a hard time with the
two Linda's at one point but that was my issue not yours. I have been reading true crime for over 25
years voraciously and I LOVED your book.
I was only puzzled at one time because of the nature of the crime scene. I kept putting myself back
into what year this all happened. I may have missed it! I do remember reading that a strange disease
was killing men. I remember back to about 1983. Of course I know that it had started in the early 70's
I think. It was just a fantastic read. The only sad part for me was that it ended way too quickly.
I was thoroughly enjoying myself. And all of a sudden!! Over. I will be waiting to read your next book.
I wish you all the best!!
This book was very interesting and I felt pain and sadness for Linda and the awful abuse she
endured . . . But wow what a survivor!
- LG Wilson
This book is really good. I started it and couldn't put it down. It is well written and a very
interesting story. I found it to be a quick read because of the things I have noted. I think
the author is to be commended and I look forward to her next book.
- j phillips
Years ago, I read a true crime book titled Fatal Vision by Joe McGinnis. For some reason, although
I hate blood I really enjoyed the book. The story was about the murder of a soldier's wife. The dead
woman's husband, Jeffrey McDonald, came home to find his wife dead and the house tossed with the
intention of making it appear as a killing by a hippy or hippies crazy on drugs.
Another true crime story I really enjoyed was Blood and Money by Thomas Thompson. The book tells
the tale of the murder of a wealthy Houston socialite. I read this one pretty much straight through
it was that compelling.
But for some reason I hadn't read another true crime story up until a few days ago when I read
Blind Rage by Anita Paddock. I fell under the spell of this tale—must be something wrong with
me to like true crime books, maybe that's why I stayed away from the genre so long. I read it in
such a hurry I felt like I was running downhill and going so fast I couldn't slow down, but had
to rush on even faster to prevent taking a spill, which to me is full proof of a really great read,
and I rate Blind Rage right up there with Fatal Vision and Blood and Money.
Blind Rage takes place in a small Arkansas town. A son finds his mother dead, lying in a pool of
her own blood. She'd been murdered her bedroom and dragged into another part of the house. The
police figure the woman's gay son, a lawyer, is the killer. There are many twists and turns in
Blind Rage and those who love the true crime genre are sure to like this book, and even those
who've never before read one, will thoroughly enjoy it. It will leave you with your hands on your
knees attempting to recover your wind from the effort. It did that to me, at least.
~ Sumner Wilson
I was curious about this book so I bought it. Turns out Mrs. Parks was my eighth grade history
teacher. My brother used to do odd jobs for her after school. I had heard about the murder but
never knew if it was resolved since I moved out of the area.
She was a strict teacher but you learned in her class. Great book.
~ Anita Gregory
I really liked this book. It kept my attention from cover to cover and was so mesmerizing I couldn't
put it down. Because I am an Arkansan, I recognized many names and places. I'm old enough to remember
this most interesting case and loved the way Ms. Paddock told the story.
I suppose one can say I've had two separate lives. Over twenty years ago I became a widow and overnight
went from being a wife who longed to be a writer to a widow who needed a job. I jumped at a chance to
become manager of a Fort Smith, Arkansas, branch library. Though I no longer had a partner who encouraged
my dreams, the customers in the Miller Branch Library became my friends and eased the pain of widowhood.
As I've said many times, "The library saved my life."
After almost sixteen years, I reluctantly retired due to a bad hip I call "an old football injury." A dear
friend who owned a bookstore suggested I get back into my writing life. Her encouraging words were, "You're
a lot better writer now than you used to be."
I knew the book I'd write: a true story about a crime that took place in my hometown of Van Buren, Arkansas.
I'd tried to write the story in different forms from the age of thirty-six on. This new version took a couple
of years in the making, and "Blind Rage" became a popular true crime novel which was published by Pen-L
Publishing in 2015. Three successful true-crime novels have followed, and I'm delighted to say I now have a
tribe of readers to keep me company.
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