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Oklahoma's Atticus

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"A powerful book that makes true-crime fiction seem tame and predictable." - Michael Wallis, bestselling author

About the Author

Hunter Howe Cates is a freelance writer, journalist, strategic communicator, and published author. He is principal and writer for Cates Creates, LLC, a copy and content marketing firm. He lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and is a member of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation. Oklahoma's Atticus is his first book.

About the Book

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. I'm lucky. I only know this story because Elliott Howe was my grandfather.

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Hunter Howe Cates is a freelance journalist, strategic communicator, and published author whose work has appeared in This Land Press, Medium, Grotto, and more.

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