‘Snake Eyes’ Writer Will Address DAR


Bitty Martin, author of “Snake Eyes: Murder in a Southern Town,” published May 15 by Prometheus Books, will address NSDAR John Percifull Chapter at its 11 a.m. meeting on Thursday.

The business meeting will follow the presentation, and there will be a brown lunch and fellowship time to follow. Visitors are welcome. For information on the meeting location, call Frankie Ochsner, 501-525-1337, or Pam Rains, 501-620-9990.

“If you have a Revolutionary War ancestor, come learn more about the DAR,” a press release said.

The story in “Snake Eyes” https://www.hotsr.com/news/2022/feb/27/snake-eyes-author-to-address-dar/ “begins in 1966 when Hot Springs was deeply shaken after “A girl was found dead at Blacksnake Ranch. The owner claimed it was an accident, but people were suspicious. He may have gotten away with murder – until he kills again,” the statement read.

“The girl was Martin’s classmate, 13-year-old Cathie Ward. The students at Central Junior High School never understood what happened to their friend. They heard rumors, but no one was talking. Neither their parents, nor their teachers,” he said.

“Martin and many of these students were touched by Cathie’s short life like a high tide after a flood and were attached to her all these years. Then a scary event happened in 2014 that caused Martin to begin investigating the suspicious death of Cathie and its aftermath connection to a vicious murder at the Redbird Laundromat by the owner of the Blacksnake Ranch,” the statement read.

“This true story has always been waiting to be told,” says Martin.

A graduate of Hot Springs High School, Martin holds a BSBA in marketing from Henderson State University. After beginning her career with the Research Division of Arkansas State Parks and Tourism, she served as the Executive Director of the Hot Springs YWCA. Martin was employed in the marketing department of Arkansas Bank and Trust, then joined the advertising agency Pittman & Associates. Martin then worked for the Arkansas Times magazine as an account manager, after holding the same position at KATV-Channel 7 and the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

Back in college, Martin earned a nursing degree, RN, at UALR, started working at UAMS, then became a “travel nurse” in operating rooms across the country. . Throughout her varied career and travels, she never forgot her high school friend, whose tragic death has always been a mystery.

Martin’s book can be pre-ordered online at major bookstores and locally at Books-A-Million in Hot Springs.


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