HOT SPRINGS, ARKANSAS WELCOMED GAMBLERS AND BIG SPENDERS IN 1966 BUT DESPISED ONE OF THEIR OWN, WHO THEY SUSPECTED WAS A KILLER.
Hot Springs, Arkansas wasn’t your typical, sleepy little Southern town. Once a favorite destination of mobsters like Al Capone and Lucky Luciano, illegal activities continued to lure out-of-state gamblers, flim-flam men, and high-rollers to its thoroughbred racetrack, clubs, and bordellos. Still, the town was shaken to its core after Cathie Ward, a beautiful thirteen-year-old, was found dead at a nearby ranch & riding stables on June 24, 1966. The owner claimed it was an accident. However, when he committed murder months later, Hot Springs residents were horrified--and convinced he’d also murdered the girl. The author, a junior high school classmate of Cathie’s, returned to her hometown in 2014 to discover the truth surrounding her friend’s tragic death and the man who terrorized their town. This true story has been waiting a lifetime to be told!
Readers say: “The book is a page turner, I can’t put it down.”
Published by Prometheus Books, an imprint of Rowman & Littlefield
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“Snake Eyes is a gripping true crime tale well-told. The story of a nice young girl lost far too soon and those determined to find the truth and get it out. It happened in the author’s hometown, and mine, and played out against its culture of denial and decency, crassness and caring. There’s a lot of real life here.
BOOK SIGNING PHOTOS
Held May 22, 2022 in the historic Central Theatre, around the corner from Central Junior High where we attended school in 1966 with Cathie Ward, the first victim in Hot Springs' true story.
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BITTY’S BOOK TALKS & FESTIVALS
DAR, John Perciful Chapter - Mar 3
First Annual Hot Springs Book Festival - Apr 8
Garland County Historical Society - Apr 19
Hot Springs Village PEO - April 20
Local Author’s Day @ Arts in the Park/Library - May 4
True Murder Podcast - May 17
Quarterback Club (HS) - May 18
Book Signing - May 22
Author Talk @ GC Library - June 7
HS Women’s Welcome Book Club - July 27
Book Babes of HS (Book Club) - Aug 8
High Faluntin’ Book Club (HS) - Sept 13
Little Rock True Crime Book Club - Sept 24
DAR, HS Chapter - Oct 8
The Book Club (N Little Rock) - Oct 19
Pub or Perish 2022 (13th annual lit-event of Arkansas Times & CALS/SBBF) - Oct 21
Six Bridges Book Festival (LR) - Oct 23
True Crime Festival (HS) - Nov 5
Queens Book Club - Nov 10
Literary Council of Garland County - Feb 2023
Benton Literary Guild - Mar 22, 2023
HS Colonial Dames - May 3, 2023