We are excited to announce that on Tuesday, December 5th, at 6:30pm, Kent Frates will be joining us to launch Volume 2 of Oklahoma's Most Notorious Cases! The perfect Christmas git for history buffs or anyone with a curiosity of Oklahoma crime!
"Oklahoma's Most Notorious Cases vol. 2"
An Ardmore millionaire killed by his jealous mistress, a western gunslinger shot down in the street and, a prominent doctor whose Valentine Day present to his wife was death, are some of the stories captured in “Oklahoma’s Most Notorious Cases, Volume II” by Kent F. Frates. The book, which will be released September 15th, is a sequel to Frates’ award-winning book “Oklahoma’s Most Notorious Cases.”
The stories stretch across the state from Seminole County, to the small town of Geronimo to Oklahoma City and, Tulsa. The cases tell stories of outlaws and murderers and, the law enforcement professionals who hunted them down. Many of the cases stir memories of bloody crimes, like the Geronimo Bank murders and, the daylight assassination of Tulsa businessman Roger Wheeler in the parking lot of Southern Hills Country Club.
Not just about the crimes committed, the book covers the trials involved and, the Judges, prosecutors, defense lawyers, and, juries who determined the outcome of each case. Many cases, remain controversial. Some defendants convicted by Public Opinion went free, while some found guilty still plead their innocence. A good read for history buffs, true crime fans and, anyone who agrees that truth is stranger than fiction.
About the Author:
Kent Frates has practiced law in Oklahoma City for over 50 years, handling a wide variety of civil and criminal cases.
Mr. Frates served in the Oklahoma House of Representatives from 1970 to 1978 and was Minority Leader from 1976 to 1978.
He currently is the editor and publisher of the political and literary newsletter Common Sense. He was the editor and publisher of the newspaper “Sports Source” from 2001-2006. He is the author of a poetry book “The Captain and His Crew”, a novel Don’t Never Shoot Short, and three works of non-fiction, “Oklahoma Hiking Trails”, “Oklahoma Courthouse Legends”, and “Oklahoma’s Most Notorious Cases” as well as numerous magazine articles published in Oklahoma Monthly, This Land, and True West. He also wrote the original script for the movie “CockFight”, an independent film, filmed in Oklahoma, starring Wilford Brimley, Rex Linn and Gailard Sartain.
His current book “Oklahoma’s Most Notorious Cases” was a finalist for the Oklahoma Book of the Year award in non-fiction. The book also won the Ben Franklin Award 2015 for political/current events. The Ben Franklin Award is a national award presented by the Independent Book Publishers Association.
Mr. Frates has written another book “Oklahoma’s Most Notorious Cases, Volume II” which will be released in September 2017.