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‘The most guilty of them all’

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BELLINGHAM — The saddest story Steve Sanger ever wrote took more than a decade to complete, and arrived more than two decades after its origin. In fits and starts, the veteran journalist researched the 1992 murder of Ann Smith Patrick, 36, of Cashmere by her ex-husband William Douglas “Bill” Smith, and the bloodshed that followed as Smith sought out and shot three of her friends in the dead of night. The brutal outburst shocked the Wenatchee Valley, sent those who’d had dealing with Smith into hiding, and ended only with his capture by Chelan County sheriff’s deputies two days later.

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