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Daughter of the White River

Depression-Era Treachery and Vengeance in the Arkansas Delta (True Crime)
Narrated by: S. J. Tucker
Length: 3 hrs and 42 mins
Categories: History, American
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The once-thriving houseboat communities along Arkansas' White River are long gone, and few remember the sensational murder story that set local darling Helen Spence on a tragic path. In 1931, Spence shocked Arkansas when she avenged her father's murder in a DeWitt courtroom. The state soon discovered that no prison could hold her. For the first time, prison records are unveiled to provide an essential portrait. Join author Denise Parkinson for an intimate look at a Depression-era tragedy. The legend of Helen Spence refuses to be forgotten - despite her unmarked grave.

©2013 History Press, Arcadia Publishing (P)2019 Beverly Denise Parkinson, S. J. Tucker

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Take me to the River

The tragic tale of Helen Spence is brought to life by Ms. Parkinson’s story of houseboat communities on the White River.

Ms. Tucker’s performance gives voice to Helen and all who knew and loved her. I felt as if I was part of that close knit community while listening to this highly enjoyable, yet tragic tale.

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Enlightenment

This book gives you a grim look into Arkansas history, It’s very informative. SJ Tucker’s voice brought the story to life for me. I highly recommend this book.

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Murder on the Arkansas Delta

The Rivers that run through Arkansas have always held a certain magic for me. Growing up in Arkansas, I’ve had the pleasure of experiencing the etherealness of our waters and forests. Listening to Sj Tucker bring Denise’s words to life brought that childhood wonder back for me. I was enthralled in this book the minute I started listening to it. My heart bleeds for Helen and the injustices that befell her. I highly recommend this audiobook and the book itself that is full of historic photos, especially if you are from Arkansas and would like to be brought back to a time, not that long ago, on the Arkansas Delta.

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beauty and intrigue

This book was clearly written and then narrated by someone who knows and loves the land in Arkansas. The descriptions of the area drew me in and made me fall in love with it. The story itself was very amazing too. A look into the all to often forgotten history of those who were not wealthy. The story of Helen Spence is uplifting and tragic. This small peek into the life lived in that time and place is not only a treasure to hear but it makes me think. I now want to know more about that place past and present. Those people from then and now with all that has changed. It is a thing I have never looked into before and I regret that. thank you Denice White Parkinson for writing this and also to S.J. Tucker for putting so much love into this work. it was amazing.