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Tag: Oklahoma

New Book: Murder in the Name of Love: The Phil Kennamer Trial

Every major city has that one true crime story that supersedes all others. In Tulsa, where I live now, the most legendary crime of all was the murder of John Gorrell Jr, the college age son of a beloved local doctor, by Philip Kennamer, the brash, arrogant, highly intelligent but mentally unstable son of a […]

Mug Shot Monday! Cop Killer Frederick D. Fair

On August 19, 1928, Atlanta Police Department Patrolman John McDaniel responded to a disturbance between two acquaintances. When Officer McDaniel attempted to arrest Frederick D. Fair, the principal instigator, Fair shot the forty-nine-year-old lawman in the chest. McDaniel was transported to the hospital, but died three days later of his wound. Fair was later apprehended, […]

Oklahoma Executioner Rich Owens Discusses His Long Career in 1948 Article

Rich Owens was the executioner for the state of Oklahoma from 1915 to 1947. In addition to being a guard, his took the position as executioner because the state paid him $100-150 for every man he executed. During his life, he killed a total of 75 men: sixty-six of those were by execution, and the […]

The Girls Scout Murders of 1977

The 1977 murders of three girl scouts at Camp Scott near Locust Grove, Oklahoma, is, in my opinion, one of the most horrific and fear inducing unsolved cases in American history. There have been three books written about that summer night in 1977, a documentary has been made, and there is a website just for […]

Mug Shot Monday! Joe Crowe, 1938

Joe Crowe’s Prison Mug Shot Oklahoma State Penitentiary convict Joe Crowe is a great example of the laxness with which prisons once guarded their inmates. In 1938, Crowe was a prison trustee on a dam project near Fort Towson, Oklahoma, where state convicts provided a large portion of the labor force. That November, Crowe left […]

Mug Shot Monday! George Darnell, Captured 1931

When railroad section hand George Darnell was fired from his job on August 17, 1929, he set his mind on revenge. The following day, Darnell tampered with a track switch near Henryetta, Oklahoma, which later caused a passenger train to jump the track. Thirteen people, eleven of them passengers, were killed and ten more were […]

Mug Shot Monday! William T. Horton, 1946-2011

William Tyson Horton was a serial rapist and child molester from Oklahoma City who operated between 1970 and 2010. The unique aspects of his life of crime is that between 1970 and 1983, Horton repeatedly was able to wiggle out of many serious rape and molestation charges against him by lenient judges and high priced […]

Mug Shot Monday: Nathan Jerry Ellis, 1956-1986

  This unfortunate face belongs to Nathan Jerry Ellis, killer and rapist. In 1956, Ellis and another man were convicted for the murder of Victor Quick in Custer County, Oklahoma. He was sentenced to life in prison for first degree murder. He appealed, received a new trial, and was re-sentenced to serve sixty-years for manslaughter. […]

Mug Shot Monday! WJ Edwards 1938

. WJ Edwards 2-15-39, Convicted of Murder Story 1: “Two Are Held in City Death, Shots Blamed on Robbery Fear” Two men were held in the city jail Monday and funeral arrangements completed for a third as the aftermath of a shooting Sunday night in a one-room house at 129 West Chickasaw Avenue, Services for […]

Mug Shot Monday! Bomb Slayer Rex Brinlee Jr., 1971

This is Rex Brinlee Jr. He was a Tahlequah, Oklahoma plumber and operator of a night club, called “The Library Club,” in 1971 when he was the chief suspect in the theft of a pick-up truck from a used car-lot. A witness in that case, Don Bolding, of Bristow, was set to testify against him. […]