Stock Image

The Mullendore Murder Case

Kwitny, Jonathan

24 ratings by GoodReads
ISBN 10: 0374215995 / ISBN 13: 9780374215996
Published by Farrar Straus Giroux, 1974
Used Condition: Very Good In Worn Dustjacket hardcover
From zenosbooks (San Francisco, CA, U.S.A.)

AbeBooks Seller Since March 24, 1997

Seller Rating 5-star rating

Quantity Available: 1

Buy Used
Price: US$ 90.00 Convert Currency
Shipping: US$ 4.50 Within U.S.A. Destination, Rates & Speeds
Add to basket

30 Day Return Policy

About this Item

New York. 1974. Farrar Straus Giroux. 1st Printing. Very Good In Worn Dustjacket. 336 pages. hardcover. Jacket designed by Guy Fleming. 0374215995. keywords: Crime Mafia America. inventory # 18048. FROM THE PUBLISHER - Jonathan Kwitny, a reporter for The Wall Street Journal and author of THE FOUNTAIN PEN CONSPIRACY, has woven together the Old West and modern crime in this real-life tale of a baronial ranching family, the Mullendores. Their legacy includes participation in the great Oklahoma land rush of 1893, an Indian headright (to oil), and a reputation for savvy business dealings. This reputation took a turn for the worse when the Mullendores suffering from financial difficulties, resorted to outside sources for money. In response, an unlikely parade of con artists, Mafiosi and financiers descended like locusts on the sprawling cattle ranch in Osage County. The man responsible for all this was E. C. Mullendore III, the thirty-year-old heir to the Cross Bell Ranch. His personal problems were familiar ones - troubles with a freely spending wife and a domineering father, too much alcohol, business difficulties, and heavy debts - but on a scale larger than most of us could imagine. They culminated in a mysterious shoot-out at the ranch. On September 26, 1970, E. C. was murdered, shortly after buying $16 million in life insurance. His widow’s claim was the largest ever recorded in the history of American life insurance underwriting. It was not one the insurance companies were eager to pay, thus forcing the young widow, E. C.’s creditors (with $12 million worth of claims), and the crotchety Mullendore patriarch (E. C.’s father) to take the double-crossed insurers to court. Meanwhile, the local sheriff and the private eyes went off in pursuit of some fast- disappearing clues to the murder, which is still officially unsolved. As only an investigative reporter can do, Jonathan Kwitny has assembled the intertwining details of the doings and undoings of a modern ranching empire. The result is one of the strangest true stories ever spun out of the West - a tragic clash between frontier values and modern life in America. Bookseller Inventory # 18048

Ask Seller a Question

Bibliographic Details

Title: The Mullendore Murder Case

Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux

Publication Date: 1974

Binding: hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good In Worn Dustjacket

About this title


The story of the biggest murder case in the history of northeastern Oklahoma: E. C. Mullendore III, the 32-year old scion of the most famous family was murdered at his home on the Cross Bell Ranch in Osage County, Oklahoma in September, 1970.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Store Description is a secondhand and out-of-print Internet bookstore. While our stock is general, we specialize in Literature, Mysteries, Latin American Literature, African-American interest, and Translated Literature...Zeno's Web Page -

Visit Seller's Storefront

Terms of Sale:

All books subject to prior sale. Payment via ABE or via PAYPAL or check in U.S. dollars. We generally ship priority mail (1st class) for orders within the USA and charge $6.00 for the first book, $3.00 for each additional book. If you would like your book(s) shipped via Media Rate you must indicate that to us. International orders are shipped U.S. Postal Service Global Priority unless otherwise instructed. All international shipping at cost. Books are returnable for any reason within 10 days of ...

More Information
Shipping Terms:

Shipping costs are based on books weighing 2.2 LB, or 1 KG. If your book order is heavy or oversized, we may contact you to let you know extra shipping is required.

List this Seller's Books

Payment Methods
accepted by seller

Visa Mastercard American Express