The Devil Queen

How my wife and I sold our souls to the Queen Anne Victorian we tried to save.

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Location: Crow Mountain, Arkansas, United States

Synopsis: This is a cautionary tale. A seriously disturbed couple find the charming, old ruin of a Queen Anne Victorian in Russellville, Arkansas, and buy it for $1.00. They tore the roof off, cut it in half, and had it moved to some land they owned sixteen miles away because they didn't know any better. Since then, they have hired and fired contractors, had all of their tools stolen, re-wired, re-plumbed, insulated, and essentially rebuilt the entire house. Their only problem is that after four years it still isn't finished. Now they are tired, broke, and wonder what in the hell it is they've done to themselves. And, it's haunted.
(Last updated on April 3, 2008)

Press: Russellville Courier Article - December 2003, HGTV website article, AP story - October 2006, and Victorian Homes Magazine - February 2008 (link coming soon).
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Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Local Color, Part I

Here is a little glimpse of what goes on in my part of the world. This article ran in the Russellville Courier this week.

Officers apprehend man on horse, found not to be his, either

By Laura Eppes, Reporter

A man accused of stealing a cow and selling it at an auction barn was arrested Friday afternoon by Pope County Sheriff’s Deputies. Lonnie J. Duvall, 44, was ordered held on $20,000 bond and to stay away from all cows, by District Judge Don Bourne, during a bond hearing Monday morning.

According to the report, Duvall allegedly stole a white Charolais cow and sold it at an auction barn in Blackwell for $212. The man at the auction had paperwork for the sale with Duvall’s name on it, according to testimony by Investigator Stephen Pack.

Authorities arrested Duvall, who was on horse after they chased him around Talley Lane and U.S. Highway 64 near Atkins. Pack said it is unknown who the horse belonged to. One woman brought officials a bill of sale, but Pack said another woman has come forward to claim the horse belonged to her.

Duvall is on parole for theft of a tractor and DWI.

According to state law, theft of livestock valued at $200 or more is a Class D felony and punsihable by 0 to 6 years imprisonment and up to $10,000 in fines.

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