AR - Former State Senator, Linda Collins-Smith, 57, found dead, June 2019 *ARREST*

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  1. Sulamith

    Sulamith Well-Known Member

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    nanwv Well-Known Member

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    Can you recommend stations?
     
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    Anicole Well-Known Member

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    The main one covering it on a daily basis is KARN, Doc Washburn show. It comes on at 2:00 central.
     
  4. trujac

    trujac Well-Known Member

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    My thoughts are Becky is used to posing in all of her public pictures with a full blast over the top teeth baring smile...her mugshot suggests an effort to restrain from a teeth exposed smile, while struggling with mixed emotions of sadness, confusion, resignation, and mocking contempt for her current predicament. I can imagine it must be a huge and unpleasant juxtapose of reality to be facing a prison camera for a mugshot stripped of public dignity and respect when compared to her routine and flattering camera pictures that always reflected her beautiful public image.
     
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    We are confusing each other. Probably bad communication on my part.
     
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    inmyhumbleopinion #NeverGivingUp

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    Jun 20, 2019
    “POCAHONTAS, Ark. – When Melissa Jones hired a woman as a favor in 2014, she came to regret it after a few short weeks when she caught her stealing and had to fire her.

    That woman was Rebecca ‘Becky’ O’Donnell – the same woman now incarcerated for capital murder, abuse of a corpse, and tampering with evidence in the death of former State Senator Linda Collins.

    Jones operates Curvy’s in Jonesboro and Southern Vogue online. Before those, she began her business as a fashionista with the Select Seconds consignment shops in Pocahontas and Jonesboro.

    In 2014, she said she was at a class reunion when she came across her best friend from high school, Shelley, and her sister – Becky O’Donnell. It wasn’t the first time they had met. They attended school together, said Jones to NEA Report on Thursday.

    [SBM]

    After striking up a conversation, the subject of Jones’ consignment shop came up. O’Donnell asked if she was hiring. The answer was yes – $10 an hour for the position of cashier in Jonesboro. But as Jones recalls, that’s where the first sign of trouble began.

    ‘She didn’t want to work for $10 an hour,’ said Jones.

    But the consignment store owner presented her with a compromise: take the job temporarily until she could find a better paying one. O’Donnell agreed.

    Several weeks without incident went by. One hot day in the summer, Jones said an employee caught O’Donnell stashing a bag full of designer jeans behind the dumpster outside. O’Donnell did this while she was taking out the garbage.

    ‘I have zero tolerance for thieves so I called the police immediately,’ Jones wrote in a Facebook post about the topic.

    [SBM]

    Afterward, Jones told her to leave.

    [SBM]

    Then, she received a message on Facebook from Shelley. She copied and pasted the message to NEA Report:

    ‘I wish you would’ve pressed charges against my sister. In the last 6 months I have found out that she has stolen from so many people and only one person went after her. She stole all my moms retirement money…about $160k’ Shelley wrote.

    [SBM]

    ‘.... She has stolen from ex boyfriends and she also opened up credit cards in her kids names and maxed them out and never paid the bills ruining their credit.

    [SBM],’ Shelley wrote.

    [SBM]” (BBM)
    Store Owner: I fired Rebecca O’Donnell for theft
     
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  7. CrimeDawg123

    CrimeDawg123 Well-Known Member

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    Well well well ...
     
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    Noharg Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for finding this and sharing it. This certainly fills in a lot of blanks.

    JMO
     
  10. Noharg

    Noharg Well-Known Member

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    I thought so too!
    JMO
     
  11. helpfulcharlie

    helpfulcharlie Probably not the real Chuck Finley

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    Something something sleep in the bed she's made.
    Something something chickens coming home to roost.
    Something something wheel of karma.

    I mean jeez, this is why sane people avoid the habit of crime. Eventually you get in over your head and something like this happens.

    And the arrogant fallacy that happens -- when you get away with stuff long enough that you think you're ALWAYS going to get away with it.
     
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  12. Noharg

    Noharg Well-Known Member

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    MOO It seems she was trying to live above her means for sure. Was she trying to keep up with LCS? I think so. You are right, the bill for BO just became due.
    JMO
     
  13. Blondie in Spokane

    Blondie in Spokane Well-Known Member

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    It sounds like we will probably hear more stories of the other thefts soon as it sounds like she stole whenever she had the opportunity and she certainly didn’t discriminate. And she ruined her kids credit? Absolutely unforgivable.
     
  14. Noharg

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    What’s the old proverb? Something like, “A liar will steal and a thief will kill.”

    Moo
     
  15. trujac

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    It is very odd, in my opinion, with this type of troubled background with family and friends...that Becky O'donnell was able to forge what appears to have been on the surface a good relationship with the former Senator Linda Collins-Smith. I would think being selected as a campaign manager would have warranted some type of background check. Did Linda Collins-Smith discover some money related problems that involved Becky O'donnell that then resulted in Becky having to silence her?
     
  16. trujac

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    Neesaki, your comparison of Becky's mugshot to the mugshot of Jodi Arias is interesting--I think you're correct. Both women seem to be channeling the same manipulative mindset to project on their viewing audience...
     
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  17. trujac

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    Being found wrapped up in a blanket in the yard outside of her house seems to offer some possible clues as to what might happened...I think wrapping someone in a blanket could help with transporting them or slowing down decomposition. It wouldn't much sense to kill someone in their house, wrap them in blanket and then set them outside. What came to mind is the possibility that Linda Collins-Smith was still alive wrapped in a blanket when someone transported to her house or out of her house, and then shot her...
     
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    You would think so but there were tons of initial comments on FB applauding Becky’s character, saying there was “no way” and how she was so “sweet”. Maybe she is just one of those people who can really pull the wool over eyes. Allegedly.
     
  19. Legally Bland

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    I've a horrible feeling LCS knew about something untoward and was trying to recover the money without getting BO into trouble. Maybe things finally came to a head.

    Article previously posted upthread:

    Murdered state senator was in bitter legal fight with ex-husband/ex-judge
     
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  20. trujac

    trujac Well-Known Member

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    It really is beginning to look like a conspiracy--like you say, pulling the wool over someone's eyes requires the duped one to be passive to the deceitful behavior--Linda Collins-Smith doesn't seem like that type of person. From all accounts (her political colleagues, etc)...she was an astute, probing, and personably assertive.
     

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