Author archives: Janie Jones

Murder Mystery: Gary Lynn Mullinax

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A Daughter’s Plea: Help Me Find My Father Photographs courtesy of Amy Mullinax Whitcomb | Originally appeared in AY's July 2011 issue.   this March, the 1978 disappearance of Anthony Ross Allen from Fort Smith was the oldest Arkansas case listed with online databases, such as the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs) and the[...]

Murder Mystery: If Justice is a Lady

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Three Arkansas female murderers... Originally appeared in AY's March 2012 issue   WINONA GREEN Oct. 21, 1900 - Oct. 30, 1974 after midnight Aug. 17, 1924, J.R. Green was shot to death as he walked home from the Little Rock railyard where he worked as a switchman. His murder went unsolved for several months … then his wife vanished. Detectives [...]

Murder Mystery: In All The Wrong Places

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Linda “Lindy” Reynolds was a loving aunt and was looking forward to a visit by her sister's children when she disappeared in 1982. Photographs courtesy of Nancy Reynolds / Originally appeared in AY's January 2012 issue   May 17, 1982, Linda “Lindy” Reynolds left a Fort Smith, Ark., restaurant called Banditos where she worked as a waitress. She liv[...]

Murder Mystery: Scott Jared

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Scott Jared, Where Are You? Photographs by Janie Jones and courtesy of Pam Jared and Benjamin Jared This story originally appeared in AY's March 2011 issue Top photo: A photo taken in the early 90's of Scott Jared and his first wife Regina Perna.   Cossey, a county ranger for the Arkansas Forestry Commission in Perry County, reme[...]

Murder Mystery: Lives Lost & Found

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Sometimes we are forced to face our own mortality. Photographs courtesy of Todd Matthews / Originally appeared in AY's August 2011 issue   could be a sudden illness or a close call in an accident. And while we contemplate death, we may concern ourselves with the disposition of our remains — peaceful repose in a country cemetery or perhaps ashes sp[...]

Murder Mystery: Cane Hill Murders

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Lying in stark white contrast to the gray ashes around them, the bones of two little girls were viewed in horror by their neighbors in the Washington County community of Cane Hill. Originally appeared in AY's May 2012 issue   morning light did little to dispel the dark deed committed the previous night, June 15, 1839. The carnage claimed the lives[...]

Murder Mystery: The Oklahoma Girl Scout Murders

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On June 13, 1977 girl scouts Michelle Guse, Lori Lee Farmer and Denise Milner were brutally raped and murdered at Camp Scott in Locust Grove, Oklahoma. This unsolved case has become one of Oklahoma's most infamous murder mysteries.   PART ONE (originally published in AY Magazine in May 2008)   it didn’t begin officially for another 10 d[...]

Murder Mystery: Monsieur Vidocq and his Legacy

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The father of modern criminal investigation and the group of crime solvers he inspired. By Janie Jones you ever wonder where fictional crime writers get the inspiration for their work? It is sometimes, as the saying goes, “ripped from today’s headlines.” The father of the modern detective story, Edgar Allen Poe, used fact as fuel to kindle his imagi[...]

Murder Mystery: The Disappearance of Maud Crawford

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On the evening of March 2, 1957, Maud Crawford was cozy in her comfortable surroundings, despite the cold, rainy weather outside.   sat on the couch, stringing beans, while the family dog lay nearby. The scene was so serene ... it could have been drawn as the cover for a greeting card. The Crawford home on Clifton Street in Camden, Ark., built in[...]