Twenty-nine years after attorney Maud Crawford disappeared from her home in Camden, Arkansas, actress-author and Camden native Beth Brickell undertook to investigate the unsolved mystery. The Arkansas-Democrat Gazette (formerly the Arkansas Gazette) published the resulting nineteen articles despite the threat of a lawsuit by the family of a former police commissioner implicated in the disappearance. (No lawsuit came about.) Ms Brickell later published a book, The Disappearance of Maud Crawford.
The first article details how the desire for a huge fortune and the fear of exposure in its pursuit may have been the motive behind Mrs. Crawford’s disappearance. In 1969, the state declared her legally dead and pointed to “foul play perpetrated by a person or persons unknown”.
Ms Brickell will be at the Garland County Library in Hot Springs AR on Sunday, September 28, to speak about her sixteen-month search (2 PM). Apparently, even in 1986, there were still those with a ‘stake in the game’ which led to threats on the author’s life.
I definitely won’t miss this event!
And I didn't! I sat mesmerized for over an hour while Ms Brickell presented an overview of the case and her findings when she took a closer look at this unsolved mystery. Having sold out of all her books at a previous speaking engagement, she took orders, and I'll be anxiously awaiting my copy.
Meanwhile, I happened on this website which discusses nine other unsolved Arkansas mysteries. There's a story in each of them!
(Photograph from The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History and Culture.