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Date(s) - 11/08/19
12:00 am - 1:30 am

Magic City Books

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In Tulsa, Oklahoma, 1953, an impoverished Cherokee husband and father confesses to raping and murdering an 11-year old girl. He immediately recants his confession, saying he was coerced and threatened by the authorities. Nobody believes him, except for one man — Tulsa County public defender and Creek tribal member Elliott Howe.

The murder, investigation and trial made national news back in the 1950s. Now it has largely been forgotten.

Oklahoma’s Atticus is a tale of two cities: oil-rich downtown Tulsa, and the dirt-poor slums of north Tulsa; of two newspapers—each taking different sides in the trial; and of two men, both born poor Native Americans, but whose lives took drastically different paths.