Bestselling author Anita Paddock will be at the Crawford County Chronicles on Sunday, Aug, 6, for a book talk and signing of her new book, “Closing Time.”
Chronicles will begin at 1:30 p.m. at the Drennen-Scott Historic Site, 221 N. Third St. in Van Buren.
Her book will be available for purchase at this venue.
“Closing Time” recounts the events leading up to and following the 1980 murder of Kenneth Staton, a well-respected owner of a jewelry store in Van Buren, and his daughter Suzanne Staton.
Kenneth and Suzanne Staton were found murdered in their jewelry store in Cloverleaf Plaza. They had been tied up and executed, and nearly $100,000 of diamonds and other jewelry had been stolen.
Two men were convicted of the crime. Eugene Wallace Perry was executed for the crime in 1997, and Richard Anderson continues to serve a life sentence at a detention center in Kansas.
Paddock wrote the story on the Staton murders, she said, at the request of Ruth Staton-Morrison, Kenneth Staton’s widow, now remarried.
Paddock worked with Staton-Morrison and the two remaining daughters of the couple, and communicated with Anderson by mail, to recount the murders, she said.
The Staton murder is the second of three murder cases in the Van Buren area that took place within a two-year span of which Paddock has written.
Her first novel, “Blind Rage,” recounts the events following the 1981 murder of prominent Van Buren citizen Ruie Ann Park. After her book was released, the case was featured on the television show Crime Watch Daily.
Paddock is considering writing a third book based on the 1981 murders of Thomas Simmons, she said. Simmons, who lived in Kibler with his sister at the time, was convicted of killing four people, including a Fort Smith police detective.
Paddock, a longtime resident of Fort Smith, is originally from Van Buren. A former librarian, she is on the Fort Smith Public Library board and is a volunteer writing instructor for the Fort Smith Public Library.