Carol Anne Davis

Carol Anne Davis, is a Scottish crime novelist and a writer on crime. Davis left school at 15, graduated from the University of Dundee with an MA in criminology; as a postgraduate she received a diploma in adult and community education from the University of Edinburgh. In 1998, she moved to the south of England, where she lives today, her first three novels are set in the Marchmont district of Edinburgh, where she lived for many years. Her début novel, has a trainee funeral director as protagonist, it charts his alcohol-fuelled descent into necrophilia and sexually motivated murder. It was followed by Safe As Houses, which explores the murders of a sadistic white-collar psychopath and his unsuspecting wife and child. Set in Edinburgh, Noise Abatement is the most autobiographical of Davis's novels, in that she, like the protagonist, endured neighbours from hell when a band moved into the flat above her, she fantasized about killing them, but the hitherto law-abiding, but sleep-deprived man in the novel carries out this out.

Davis set her fourth novel, in Salisbury, where she had moved. It is an unsettling exploration of male-on-male rape and of how society ignores or makes light of this violent crime; the venue of her fifth novel, Sob Story, is Dundee. It charts the journey of an isolated university student and her pen-pal, a violent inmate of Maidstone Prison, it was followed by Extinction, set in the world of bereavement counselling and features a white collar psychopath. This, in turn, was followed by Near Death Experience, a novel which draws on the author's awareness of Munchausens-by-proxy and the havoc wreaked by nurses who are personality disordered. Between novels, Carol Anne Davis has written several books on crime, each profiling a killer's childhood and formative experiences. For Women Who Kill: Profiles of Female Serial Killers, she interviewed the clergyman who heard Myra Hindley's confession, arrived at what has been called a fair assessment of a complex case, she contributed to the anthology, Masters of True Crime.

Children Who Kill: Profiles of Preteen and Teenage Killers includes details of her friendship with the then-youngest boy in Scotland to be charged with attempted murder. She interviewed the detective who caught Britain's youngest serial killer, Peter Dinsdale, found unique details about the case. In Couples Who Kill: Profiles of Deviant Duos, she met one of the surviving victims of Fred and Rosemary West, as well as corresponding with a convicted British serial killer and with a journalist who had spent time with one of America's cruellest torture-killers, now on death row. Sadistic Killers: Profiles of Pathological Predators, included input from a psychiatrist who treated imprisoned psychopaths by helping them come to terms with their brutalizing childhoods. Becoming aware that sexually dominant men in consensual relationships were dismissed by society in the same way as criminal sadists, she included a chapter on consensual sadomasochism for which she interviewed a female masochist. Youthful Prey: Child Predators Who Kill profiles some British, US, Canadian and European homicidal pedophiles and has chapters on treatment options and child protection.

An excerpt appeared in The Sunday Times."Masking Evil: When Good Men And Women Turn Criminal" includes interviews with a psychologist and two criminologists and profiles 37 pillars of the community who were murderers, paedophiles or abusive parents. Crime, horror and literary short stories by Davis have appeared in anthologies, humorous and lifestyle features in magazines, she writes in-depth features for Serial Killer Quarterly, a subscription-based e-magazine. Official site Crime Magazine listing

Paddy Creek Wilderness

The Paddy Creek Wilderness is a 7,019-acre wilderness area in the U. S. state of United States. The United States Congress designated it wilderness in 1983. Paddy Creek Wilderness is located within the Houston-Rolla Ranger District, of the Mark Twain National Forest, 10 miles northwest of Licking, Missouri, it was named for Little Paddy Creeks that run through the area. The Paddy Creek Wilderness is one of eight wilderness areas preserved in Missouri. Big Piney Trail is a 17-mile long loop that traverses this wilderness area and is popular among avid backpackers; the 17-mile loop trail can be hiked as the 7.5-mile south section. The trails can be challenging for the inexperienced or unprepared hiker. Horseback riding is common on the Piney Creek Trail; the Paddy Creek Recreation Area is nearby, offers many camping amenities. There are many single sites, a few double sites available. There is fishing access on the Big Piney River, via a trail access from the campground. Bell Mountain Wilderness Devils Backbone Wilderness Hercules-Glades Wilderness Irish Wilderness Piney Creek Wilderness Rockpile Mountain Wilderness Missouri Wilderness Areas Hike Report and Directions Hike Report and Photo Gallery