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True Crime Stories

by Anita Paddock

Blind Rage

A true story of sin, sex, and murder in a small Arkansas town. Who did it and why will shock you.

Closing Time

The Staton Slaughter is one of the saddest true-crime events of the 1980s, told by the best-selling author of Blind Rage. Closing Time is the stunning story of good and evil colliding in the most tragic of ways.

Cold Blooded

A chilling, true tale of terror, rape and murder in the Arkansas River bottoms. 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.

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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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