Books

Kent Frates

Saturday, December 22, 3:00pm
Kent Frates to sign Oklahoma Courthouse Legends, Oklahoma's Most Notorious Cases Vol.I and Vol.II and Oklahoma Hiking Trails.

All of these make wonderful Christmas gifts!
Oklahoma's Most Notorious Cases, Vol 1: An award-winning historian/attorney profiles six notorious cases that remain the talk of courtrooms everywhere: Machine Gun Kelly & the Urschel Kidnapping, US v. David Hall, The Girl Scout Murders, The Karen Silkwood Case, The Sirloin Stockade Murders, and The Oklahoma City Bombing. Complete with 16 pages of historic photographs.

Vol 2: An Ardmore millionaire killed by his jealous mistress, an iconic western gunslinger shot down in the street, and a prominent doctor whose Valentine’s Day present to his wife was said to be death- those are just some of the seven stories captured in Kent Frates’s sequel to his acclaimed true crime collection Oklahoma’s Most Notorious Cases. This time, the cases span the state from Seminole County to the small town of Geronimo, from the Oklahoma City metro to the city of Tulsa. They tell tales of outlaws and murderers and the dedicated law enforcement professionals who hunted them down. Many of the cases stir memories of bloody crimes, such as the Geronimo Bank murders and the daylight shooting of Tulsa businessman Roger Wheeler in the parking lot of Southern Hills Country Club. As he has done in the past, the author explores not just the crimes committed, but also the trials and players involved, including the judges, prosecutors, defense lawyers, and juries that determined the outcome of each case. Many of the cases remain controversial. Some defendants convicted by Public Opinion went free, while others found guilty still plead their innocence. But then, that is what makes them so notorious.

Oklahoma Hiking Trails: Oklahoma is well known as prime hunting and fishing territory, but red-dirt country also offers many opportunities for hiking, running, and off-road biking. Though trail guides for neighboring states abound, outdoorsmen Kent F. Frates and Larry Floyd found no such book for Oklahoma. The outcome of their collaboration, Oklahoma Hiking Trails, fills that void as the first comprehensive guidebook for the state. A welcome addition to the travel library of both locals and visitors, this illustrated guide extends a hearty welcome to hikers, bikers, runners, birders, campers, and photographers. For the amateur and expert alike, Oklahoma Hiking Trails covers trails accessible to the public across the state. This handy reference will take outdoor adventurers from Tulsa to Lawton and from Broken Bow to Boise City–and all points between. It includes such familiar sites as the Ouachita National Forest and the Wichita Mountains as well as lesser-known gems such as Black Mesa and the Oxley Nature Center. The authors also provide tips on how to prepare for any hiking adventure. Color photographs of trail sites identify landmarks to look for and highlight the natural diversity to be found along the state’s hundreds of miles of public trails. Detailed maps, GPS coordinates, and clear directions ensure that the runner, biker, or hiker will get to the trail and stay on it. Each trail is rated easy, moderate, or strenuous. Providing a wealth of information to help you navigate your Oklahoma adventure, Oklahoma Hiking Trails offers big returns in a small, light-weight package ideal for your backpack.

Oklahoma Courthouse Legends: Experience the excitement of Oklahoma’s turbulent history and the role Oklahoma’s courthouses played in the state’s illustrious past. In words and pictures, Oklahoma Courthouse Legends tells stories that are handed down and sometimes even embellished around Oklahoma’s courthouses. Award-winning photographer David G. Fitzgerald and author Kent F. Frates have collaborated to populate the book with a rich historical cast of fearless lawman, ferocious prosecutors, clever lawyers, noted judges, evil criminals, and noteworthy politicians. Marshal Bill Tilghman, “Machine Gun” Kelly, “Pretty Boy” Floyd, Temple Houston, and Belle Starr are just some of the people chronicled in the book. Similarly, many of the dedicated county officers and employees who do the work of county government are colorfully portrayed. You will also get a glimpse of the trial of Governor David Hall, the integration of Oklahoma University Law School, the capture of Timothy McVeigh, and U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall’s court appearances in the Sooner State. Fitzgerald’s photographs capture the distinctive appearance and character of each of Oklahoma’s seventy-seven county courthouses and four federal courthouses. The stunning photography and lively storytelling make for a book you will want to keep on your coffee table and visit often.

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