Tent Number Eight: An Investigation of the Girl Scout Murders and the Trial of Gene Leroy Hart

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Tate Publishing, 2011 - History - 329 pages
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On a warm summer day in 1977, the State of Oklahoma was shaken by the heinous and vulgar murder of three Girl Scouts in Tent Number Eight at Camp Scott near Locust Grove, Oklahoma. The investigation of their murders and the subsequent trial of the Native American man accused of those murders will forever be marked as one of the most historical in Oklahoma history. Author Gloyd McCoy dissects the investigation of the Girl Scout murders as well as The State of Oklahoma vs. Gene Leroy Hart from the vantage point of the families, the law enforcement, the news reporters, the lawyers, the judges, and the jury. He provides background information on all the parties involved and explanations regarding why certain decisions were made, including the acquittal of the accused murderer, and what might have happened if the lawyers on both sides had made different decisions and modern technology were available. Tent Number Eight will enlighten you on the court proceedings and cultural influences of 1977 and preserve this piece of history in your mind forever. Follow the overgrowth of history back to the site of the crime. Step into Tent Number Eight and witness the events of the murders and trial first hand.
 

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This is the second book I've read which examines the Girl Scout murders of June 1977 in the state of Oklahoma. It did not change my mind. One way in which this book differed was in the author's (a ... Read full review

Contents

the story to come
11
the murder site
17
their last day ever
19
sounds in the night
23
the letters
27
oh my god
31
an oklahoma prairie fire
45
who did this?
49
the decision will be in your hands
127
the case starts
139
the hart defense
147
the last witness
153
closing argument of the state
157
closing argument of the defense
169
the states rebuttal closing argument
203
the deliberations and the verdict
223

we have our man
53
the manhunt
65
we got him
69
going to court
77
the right to counsel
81
theres a new prosecutor in town
89
raising money
95
the preliminary hearing
99
the defense calls jimmie don bunch
109
getting ready for trial
115
the judge
117
the oklahoma trial of the century begins
121
reaction to the verdict
229
god returns gene leroy hart home
237
may he rest in peace
243
the civil suit
247
life goes on
253
dna fails to solve the mystery
255
the oj simpson connection
257
what happened to ?
259
bibliography
267
endnotes
285
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