Murder and mysteries explored at Stillwater Public Library programs

(STILLWATER, OKLA. / Oct. 5, 2015) – The next two programs in the Stillwater Public Library’s series, “The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes,” include the artists who bring mysteries to life.

This Thursday, “The Original Buffalo Dale” Lewis will reveal a new interpretation of one of Oklahoma’s biggest unsolved cases, the E.C. Mullendore murder. The murder took place in Osage County in 1970 and remains unsolved today.

Wall Street Journal reporter, Jonathon Kwitny, brought national attention to the case in 1974 with his book “The Mullendore Murder Case.” Lewis, a former journalist, has written a new book on the case, “Footprints in the Dew.”

Lewis has unusual insight into the case due to an unlikely relationship he struck up with the prime murder suspect, “Chub” Anderson. While Anderson was in jail on different charges, the author visited him every week for several years and ended up being subpoenaed to testify in a grand jury investigation of the Mullendore case.

Lewis will unfold the events of the murder in character as one of the participants in the case. His portrayal begins at 7 p.m., but the author will be selling copies of his book and signing them starting at 6 p.m.

This modern murder case is one that might have stumped even Sherlock Holmes.

Next Tuesday, on Oct. 13, at 7 p.m., program attendees get a peek into the minds of the authors who have written some of the best Oklahoma mystery stories. “Oklahoma Mystery Author Panel” features Bob Avey, William Bernhardt, Tim Prasil and Will Thomas, who will discuss the art of writing mystery novels, how they got their start, and how they come up with their ideas.

Broken Arrow’s Avey is an accountant in the petroleum industry. When not doing calculations, he is calculating his next story in the Kenny Elliot mystery series, which includes three books beginning with “Twisted Perception.” He’s a fan of prowling through dusty antique shops looking for the rare or unusual and roaming through ghost towns searching for echoes from the past.

Attorney Bernhardt is the award-winning and bestselling author of more than forty books, including the Ben Kincaid series of novels and the historical novel “Nemesis: The Final Case of Eliot Ness,” which NBC is adapting into a miniseries. He is also a popular writing instructor and has published a series of books on the subject.

Prasil writes prose fiction, as well as stage and audio drama. His audio-drama anthology “Marvellous Boxes” was produced and published by The Decoder Ring Theatre, and two of those productions were selected for broadcast by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Prasil has written “Help for the Haunted: a decade of Vera Van Slyke Ghostly Mysteries” and is a scholar of early occult detectives. Prasil is also a popular and entertaining presenter at several library programs.

Thomas is the librarian turned writer of the Cyrus Barker and Thomas Llewelyn series, which includes six books starting with “Some Danger Involved.” Thomas has been nominated for a Barry and a Shamus Award, both of which honor mysteries.

Attendees to the program will have a chance to win several door prizes, including tickets to OSU Allied Arts’ production of Sherlock Holmes on Oct. 29, as well as books from popular Oklahoma mystery author Carolyn Hart.

The Sherlock series is free and open to the public, with the exception of the Oct. 29 theater performance. For more information, visit the library’s Sherlock website at http://library.stillwater.org/sherlock.php or contact the library’s Help Desk at askalibrarian@stillwater.org or 405-372-3633 x8106.

Stillwater Public Library is located at 1107 S. Duck St. (the corner of Duck and 12th Ave.). Library hours are Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.