Dale Lewis, Kent Frates, Laurence Yadon Author Signing December 14
Come join Best of Books in welcoming three Oklahoman authors Dale Lewis (Footprints in the Dew), Kent Frates (Oklahoma's Most Notorious Cases), and Laurence Yadon (The Greatest Stories Never Told: Special Ops) for an author signing.
Dale Lewis grew up in northeastern Oklahoma and was a teenager when multi millionaire rancher E.C. Mullendore was murdered in his home. Forty three years later the murder is still unsolved. In June 2006 when Dale heard that Chub Anderson, who was with E.C. the night he was killed, had been arrested, he decided it would be interesting to cover his pre-arraignment hearing at the court house in Independence, KS. After a fluke introduction to Mr. Anderson in the judge’s chambers during his sentencing Dale began visiting him on a weekly basis in Lansing State Prison forming a bond that has strengthened up until his death in 2010.
Today Anderson is buried in Kansas. Up until his death, he continued to fight extradition to Oklahoma where there were still outstanding warrants for his arrest. Dale saw him regularly and their conversations involved not only the details of his colorful past but also include their experiences working together during this last part of his life. In the course of researching his story, Dale traveled to Montana, made dozens of visits to Lansing State Prison, examined the courthouse records in four different states and recorded hundreds of hours of personal interviews with Anderson and those who knew him in his heyday. Dale had no idea that a chance meeting in the judge’s chambers that day would lead to a eight year relationship with him, a book about his life and a multi county Grand Jury subpoena for me, but he believes in the power this story has to intrigue readers around the world.
Kent Frates is an Oklahoma City attorney who has practiced law in the state since the 1960s. He is the author of numerous award-wining historical articles, the nationally acclaimed Oklahoma's Most Notorious Cases, the poetry book The Captain and his Crew, and the novel Don't Never Shoot Short. He also has two works of nonfiction to his credit, Oklahoma Hiking Trails and Oklahoma Courthouse Legends.
Frates was an editor and publisher of Sports Source magazine, a statewide publication for outdoor fitness events and activities from 2001-2006. An avid hiker and mountaineer, he has hiked and climbed throughout the American West. An economics graduate from Stanford University, the native Oklahoma received his JD from the University of Arizona School of Law in 1964. He served in the Oklahoma House of Representatives from 1970-1978, and as minority leader for the House from 1976-1978.
Specializing in real estate, business and insurance law, the long-term attorney has handled a variety of cases over his career, including criminal, health care, domestic relations and more. He edits and publishes the political newsletter Common Sense, mailed quarterly to readers upon request.
Laurence J. Yadon is an attorney, mediator and arbitrator and speaker on legal subjects and the American West. He has authored or co-authored more than a dozen books, and he has also written numerous articles and book reviews about the American West. A graduate of the University of Tulsa and University of Oklahoma College of Law, Mr. Yadon has served as a Fact Finder for the Department of Justice. He has been an Adjunct Settlement Judge for the United States District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma since 1994. He lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma.