Media Attention Grows Surrounding Teen Murder of Anna Lynn Hurd As Her Family Speaks Out in a New Book Meant to Help Combat Teen Violence

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In a proactive effort to curb an alarming surge in teen violence through educational awareness, Paradise Publishers is giving the eBooks of this true but tragic story away for free.

Soon after a special FOX News feature aired regarding the murder of bright young 16-year old Anna Lynn Hurd, Paradise Publishers announced that the eBook shedding light on her ordeal will be distributed for free. Nicolas Gremion, CEO of Paradise Publishers Inc., which owns the rights to “I Trusted Him: the Story of Anna Lynn Hurd,” explained why he and his publishing company made the generous decision to give the eBook away absolutely free of charge.

“We published the true story of Anna's last few months before her senseless murder as a way to honor her memory,” Gremion said. “Now we’re giving it away at no cost to provide education to the public about a problem that has become extremely serious and widespread.”

Teen violence in the form of schoolyard or online bullying has led to many tragic suicides. Teens with undetected rage issues have taken guns to school and committed mass murder. Others have lived for years cowering in fear under the threat of domestic violence. But in many cases there were warning signs and symptoms ahead of time. This important and engaging book strives to illuminate those telltale markers and red flags to enable people to spot them and report them earlier, before it is too late.

“Greater awareness of how to detect those signs and seek appropriate, safe, preventative intervention may help a teen who is suffering in silence and feeling helpless and alone,” explains Gremion. “Or it may, in fact, save the lives of innocent people like Anna Lynn Hurd.”

The book was written by Jennifer Smith (Anna Lynn Hurd's mother) and co-authored by Cherry Tigris (an advocate for child abuse survivors). Readers will find it a powerful glimpse into a perfect storm of terrible circumstances that were triggered by teen romance but soon led to horrific abuse and violent murder. As Tigris told FOX News, “The tragedy really lies with this boy who really didn't know how to handle jealousy and rage issues.” Now Hurd is dead and Anthony Mitchell, the young man who took her life by repeatedly stabbing her, is serving a nearly 22-year prison sentence. The murder shocked the quiet suburban community of Northern St. Paul, Minnesota, but in retrospect many people acknowledge that all of the telltale warning signs were there.

Anyone who wants the book can visit the website of the company’s subsidiary ( and quickly, securely, and conveniently download a copy – 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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