book cover6X9 in., hard cover, 338 pages, B/W photos, autographed by the author

Oklahoma's Most Notorious Cases

2015 Ben Franklin Award national winner • Oklahoma Center for the Book finalist

AUTHOR: Kent F. Frates
PUBLISHER: The RoadRunner Press, 2014
ISBN: 978-1-937054-33-5

COMMENTS AND REVIEWS: "Having coauthored two books on the OKC bombing and as an Oklahoman who lived through all of the cases presented, buying this book was a given. My only complaint is that I found myself wishing it was longer and more in-depth. I couldn't get enough. It is a fast read that moves right along with nary a dull moment. ... Highly recommended." – Jim Ross

"In addition to his content mastery, Mr. Frates’s writing style garners my highest compliments. It is no small task to take a complex case, regurgitate it, and then parcel it into coherent, brief, and easy-to-read subtopic-chapters — and do that six times — a task which the author brilliantly accomplishes." – Doug Loudenback

BOOK OVERVIEW: Oklahoma has had more than its share of sensational legal battles, but for the first time in one volume, attorney and historian Kent Frates reveals the facts behind six cases that helped shape the history of the state. From bloody murders, to political scandal, to an act of domestic terrorism, Oklahoma's Most Notorious Cases captures the stories, the times, and the import of these landmark trials.

Covering a time span from 1933 to 2004, Frates begins with the trial of the Machine Gun Kelly Gang for the kidnapping of a prominent oilman and ends with the convictions of Tim McVeigh and Terry Nichols for the April 19, 1995, bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in downtown Oklahoma City.

Populated by a host of stranger-than-fiction characters—a Cherokee outlaw, a blood-thirsty con man, a crooked governor, and a twisted soldier—the stories reveal the cold calculation inherent in the perpetrators and the guts, guile, and tenacity required of the dedicated law enforcement professionals who brought these men and women to justice.

Rounding out the six cases profiled: The Girls Scout Murders, The Karen Silkwood Case, The Sirloin Stockade Murders, and U.S. vs. David Hall—stories of crimes solved and unsolved and all of the turmoil and controversy that comes with such crimes.