How inappropriate of me? Or timely? A Murder in Searcy. New book.

Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Advantage

Dr Rodgers Searcy AR New book A Murder in Searcy

It could be considered inappropriate of me to have just a week ago put up a picture of the popular Dr. Porter Rodgers and his prized bull. Here it is.  Click to pull it up.  Someone commented that he was the one who murdered his wife. Just a few days after that blog came out this new book was brought to my attention.

It is a long, highly researched book about the murder.  It is written by Mike S Allen and Deana Hamby Nall.  It will definitely be a best-seller in Searcy AR.  The crime was such that people remember what they were doing when they heard the awful news.  I was teaching school and the teacher across the hall from me came over and told about it.  We were both frozen with fear and sadness.  I definitely remember it.

I have ordered the book and it should be here in a few days.  I got this picture from 

P.S.  Just a small note but the authors gave my blog a little credit from their having read it over the years. Thank you. 


Comments (7)

Ray Henson
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

My wife had moved away from Searcy by then, but she even remembers that sad day.

Jul 21, 2021 07:49 AM
Don Thompson
Donthomp Associates - Sunnyvale, CA

I got an e-mail from I assume the author with this:

I got it as Kindle download.


Jul 21, 2021 08:45 AM
Barbara S. Duncan

Don, I got a little credit because of my blog which they must have read and I know they would have loved the picture of the hospital that your wife took and shared.


Jul 21, 2021 10:18 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Barbara - it seems crime happens everywhere - even in Searcy Arkansas.  

Jul 21, 2021 09:04 AM
Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR

Michael, I guess so but this one really was bad.

Jul 21, 2021 10:19 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

I remember my relatives back in the south-east corner of Kansas talking about the Bloody Benders, who supposedly murdered boarders in their home. These events can prevail in memory for generations.

Jul 22, 2021 07:25 PM
Don Thompson
Donthomp Associates - Sunnyvale, CA

I'm at the start of the trial in the book. Dr. Rogers was a well liked and respected man. It was hard to panel a jury.

Jul 23, 2021 01:05 PM
Barbara S. Duncan

I am not that far yet.  The book just came in yesterday.

Jul 24, 2021 08:20 AM
Don Thompson
Donthomp Associates - Sunnyvale, CA

I have finished book. Written in the style of a documentarian with little imbellishment or commentary. Dry reading but factual.

Jul 26, 2021 06:44 PM
Barbara S. Duncan

Don, it is a good book for Searcy folks who remember bits and pieces of the time and the murder because it puts it all together for history.

Jul 28, 2021 05:03 AM