It happened one rainy, foggy Saturday night in Camden, Arkansas, March 2, 1957. Maud Crawford, well-known lawyer and community leader, disappeared from the face of the earth from the town of 16,000 citizens. No body, trace, clue or motive was found by the local and state police. When no body was found, the case was declared at a dead end after only two weeks.
Because a former citizen of Camden, U.S. Senator John McClellan, was chairman of an on-going Senate committee investigating mob ties to organized labor, which at the time was the number one news story everywhere, the disappearance of Maud Crawford made international news. The first theory was that McClellan's former associate in the law firm of Gaughan, McClellan & Laney had been kidnapped by the Mafia to pressure the senator into backing away from his investigation. But when no ransom note came forward, the theory was dropped.
If the Mafia didn't do it, what happened to Maud Crawford? Since that dark night in 1957, thousands have tried to work the jigsaw puzzle of what happened to her.
A 16-month investigation in 1985-86 by a former citizen of the town resulted in over 1,500 pages of transcribed interviews with original investigators and other citizens who were able to contribute pieces of the puzzle.
"In Their Own Voice: Interviews from the Maud Crawford Investigation" presents 570 relevant pages of those interviews, edited only for length and clarity. Those pieces of the jigsaw puzzle will allow the reader to do his own detective work and draw his own conclusions of what happened to Maud Crawford.