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A chilling, true tale of terror, rape and murder in the Arkansas River bottoms.
by Anita Paddock
best-selling author of Blind Rage
On a cold January morning in 1981, a knock on an apartment door began what would become one of
the bloodiest crime sprees in Arkansas history.
In the coming days the bodies of newlyweds Larry and Jawana Price, businessman Holly Gentry,
and Police Detective Ray Tate were discovered. They had been executed in cold blood and
discarded like so much trash.
What kind of person murders four people in cold blood? Did the right one go to prison?
Praise for Anita Paddock, author of Blind Rage and Closing Time
"Paddock is a gifted storyteller, and Blind Rage is a riveting read."
~ Sonny Brewer, author of The Poet of Tolstoy Park
"The newest and strongest voice in true crime writing . . . makes you feel
as if you are there, seeing what happened, and feeling the terror and sorrow of those felled by
these brutal crimes."
~ Marla Cantrell, author and Arkansas Art Council Fellow
"Somehow [the author] is able to create tension and suspense even when the outcome is already
known. She has a way of making each character as familiar as the guy next door, be they ordinary
people or despicable creeps! Truman Capote, even though you can't roll over, maybe you should
step aside because a new 'true crime' star is here!"
~ John McFerran
Anita Paddock grew up in Van Buren, Arkansas, and attended high school with Linda and Sam Hugh
Park, the children of the publishers of The Press Argus newspaper. In May of 1981, Mrs. Ruie Park
was found murdered in her beautiful home on top of Logtown Hill. Nearly everyone, including the
local and state police thought the Park son, a drunken homosexual lawyer, committed the crime
because he and his mother often argued about his sinful lifestyle. When Anita read about the case,
she vowed to her husband, a Fort Smith attorney, that this was the book she would someday write.
Some thirty-five years later, she came through on her vow with her account, Blind Rage.
Next came Closing Time,
where she brought the story of the father and daughter Staton murders to the written page, then
Cold Blooded, a recounting
of the execution-style murders of a police officer and two innocent civilians during what was called
"the summer of blood."
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