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Author Visit & Book Signing with Anita Paddock: Closing Time

July 6, 2017
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Author of the popular true crime novel Blind Rage, Anita Paddock's new true crime book is "Closing Time," the true story of a robbery and ruthless double murder of Kenneth Staton and Suzanne Staton Ware of Van Buren. On Sept. 10, 1980,  the respected jewelry store owner Kenneth Staton and his daughter Suzanne were discovered murdered in their store. Nearly $100,000 in diamonds and other jewelry were missing. The crime shocked the town of Van Buren and set its lawmen, sworn to find the killers, on a fiercely determined hunt that led from Rogers, Ark., to Jacksonville, Fla., and all the way to Vancouver, Canada. "Closing Time" tells the story of good and evil colliding in the most tragic of ways, both for the victims and the loved ones left behind. Seventeen years later, was justice served? A native of Van Buren, Paddock told the story of the murder of Ruie Ann Park, publisher of Van Buren’s Press Argus newspaper, in her book "Blind Rage."  At 6 p.m., mingle with the author and get your copy of Closing Time signed. The author will discuss the book and the writing process beginning at 7 p.m. Refreshments will be served.

Admission: Free.

Event Location and Contact Information:
Miller Branch Library
8701 South 28th Street
Fort Smith, Arkansas


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