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Book Nook: Fort Smith writer turns local true crime cases into …

Fort Smith author Anita Paddock has taught a number of Arkansas’ and Oklahoma’s regional authors. She shared the art of writing through classes at then-WestArk Community College’s continuing education program and more recently at the public library. Perseverance is the word she lives by and teaches her students. She proudly told me her daughter, Jennifer Paddock, is an author and works with the publishing house of Simon and Schuster.

Paddock started her career by entering a magazine contest in her 30s. The story she submitted won a prize, and she received a check for $25.00, which she promptly framed. Paddock’s family was astounded when someone called trying to trace the lost check, only to be told that she had not cashed the check and did not intend to cash it. It would remain a memento of her first sale.

The author categorizes her books

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Book Nook: Fort Smith writer turns local true crime cases into intriguing reads

Fort Smith author Anita Paddock has taught a number of Arkansas’ and Oklahoma’s regional authors. She shared the art of writing through classes at then-WestArk Community College’s continuing education program and more recently at the public library. Perseverance is the word she lives by and teaches her students. She proudly told me her daughter, Jennifer Paddock, is an author and works with the publishing house of Simon and Schuster.

Paddock started her career by entering a magazine contest in her 30s. The story she submitted won a prize, and she received a check for $25.00, which she promptly framed. Paddock’s family was astounded when someone called trying to trace the lost check, only to be told that she had not cashed the check and did not intend to cash it. It would remain a memento of her first sale.

The author categorizes her books

Read more at: http://www.swtimes.com/entertainmentlife/20170801/book-nook-fort-smith-writer-turns-local-true-crime-cases-into-intriguing-reads

What if more TV shows were anthologies? Viewers might be less overwhelmed.


Paul Bettany as Ted Kaczynski in Discovery’s “Manhunt: Unabomber.” (Discovery Channel/Discovery Channel)

Wouldn’t it be nice if all new TV shows were anthologies? Except for the very superior ongoing dramas and comedies, what if every show kept to an eight- or 10-episode arc that wrapped itself up and then, with its creators and some of its repertory cast in tow, moved on to an entirely different story? Viewers could then dip in and out, depending on whether the current story grabs them.

On FX, Ryan Murphy and his colleagues have most clearly demonstrated the appeal of this format with “American Horror Story,” “American Crime Story” and “Feud.” The anthology format favors intensity, creativity and completion. Best of all, there’s no obligation on the viewer’s part to go back and watch past seasons and then commit to the next one. It’s

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Va. Mom Allegedly Said She Killed Her Daughter to Save Her From Aliens by Sending Her to Heaven

A 27-year-old Virginia mother accused of fatally shooting her 6-year-old daughter last February allegedly told investigators she wanted to send the girl to heaven to spare her from aliens, PEOPLE confirms.

Court documents filed last week by her attorney further allege Darla Hise told officials at a psychiatric hospital that she had aliens inside her stomach she wanted removed.

PEOPLE obtained a copy of the motion, which seeks to keep Hise’s alleged confessions to authorities from being presented as evidence during her impending trial, scheduled for late August.

On Feb. 6, Hise called 911 several times but allegedly refused to provide her name and address, saying only that she thought her daughter Abigail had been shot. Police traced the call and officers were dispatched to Hise’s Hot Springs home, after which deputies found Abigail dead from a single gunshot wound.

Hise was arrested on charges of first-degree murder, attempted murder, two counts

Read more at: http://people.com/crime/virginia-mom-darla-hise-allegedly-killed-daughter-save-from-alients/

Gianni Versace’s Partner Isn’t A Fan Of How Ricky Martin Plays Him In American Crime Story

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True Crime: Discovery Looks at the Capture of Ted Kaczynski in Manhunt: UNABOMBER

One of the longest searches in history for someone on the Most Wanted list came to a close when the FBI captured the man known as the Unabomber, whose real identity was Ted Kaczynski. In Manhunt: UNABOMBER, Discovery’s  eight-episode limited series, the dramatic and gripping true story of the FBI’s hunt for the deadliest serial bomber, is told.

Rather than tell the story from the point of view of Kaczynski (Paul Bettany), this story focuses on FBI Agent and Criminal Profiler Jim “Fitz” Fitzgerald (Sam Worthington), who pioneered the use of forensic linguistics to identify and ultimately capture the serial bomber.

The story opens as  fresh-faced criminal profiler Fitzgerald becomes the newest member of the Unabom Task Force, and faces an uphill battle not just against the Unabomber — one of the most sophisticated and brilliant criminals in history — but also against the bureaucracy of the UTF itself as his maverick ideas and

Read more at: https://parade.com/591054/paulettecohn/true-crime-discovery-looks-at-the-capture-of-ted-kaczynski-in-manhunt-unabomber/

EXCLUSIVE: ‘Manhunt: Unabomber’ Showrunner Greg Yaitanes on Genius Porn, True Crime and Season 2

Fifteen years after helming an episode of America’s Most Wanted: America Fights Back — yes, that long-running docuseries hosted by John Walsh — director Greg Yaitanes is back in the true crime world that marked his transition from directing C-list shows, like Pamela Anderson’s syndicated V.I.P., to prestige TV, including House, Grey’s Anatomy, Lost and Cinemax’s Banshee. Now, he’s the showrunner of Discovery Channel’s anticipated new anthology series, Manhunt, which debuts its first season, Unabomber, on Tuesday, Aug. 1.

The first season follows FBI agent and criminal profiler James “Fitz” Fitzgerald (Sam Worthington) as he pioneers new forensic linguistics to find and ultimately capture Ted Kaczynski (Paul Bettany), the nation’s deadliest serial bomber in history. The 8-episode series

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EXCLUSIVE: ‘Manhunt: Unabomber’ Showrunner Greg Yaitanes on Genius Porn, True Crime and Season 2

Over 20 years after helming an episode of America’s Most Wanted — yes, that long-running docuseries hosted by John Walsh — director Greg
Yaitanes is back in the true crime world following his transition into prestige TV with House, Grey’s Anatomy, Lost and most recently, Cinemax’s Banshee and Quarry. Now, he’s the showrunner of Discovery Channel’s
anticipated new anthology series, Manhunt,
which debuts its first season, Unabomber,
on Tuesday, Aug. 1.

The first season follows FBI agent and criminal profiler James
“Fitz” Fitzgerald (Sam Worthington) as he pioneers new forensic linguistics to
find and ultimately capture Ted Kaczynski (Paul Bettany), the nation’s deadliest serial bomber
in history. The 8-episode series written by Andrew Sodroski (scribe of Holland, Michigan, which topped
Hollywood’s 2013 Black List) offers a perspective of the FBI’s hunt not often
seen. 

MORE: Jane Lynch Transforms Into Janet Reno on Discovery’s

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42 years later, Jimmy Hoffa’s disappearance remains an open case

DETROIT – It’s been 42 years since Jimmy Hoffa disappeared from a Bloomfield Hills restaurant.

Since that day, hundreds of thousands of man hours and millions of dollars have gone into sorting through countless tips while trying to crack the case of Hoffa’s disappearance.

There is no evidence that Hoffa was ever killed.  Officially, this remains a missing person’s case. The investigation remains open, still active. New tips come in every month or two at Detroit’s FBI field office.

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However, most investigators, writers, and true crime experts speculate that Hoffa was murdered in a mafia hit.

“They decided to take care of the problem the best way they knew how, which was to execute him and wipe the problem off the map,” said Scott Burnstein, a crime historian.

Burnstein is an expert on the Hoffa investigation. He says Hoffa, who wanted back into power with the Teamsters,

Read more at: https://www.clickondetroit.com/news/42-years-later-jimmy-hoffas-disappearance-remains-an-open-case