Dale Lewis Fol­lows The Road to Dis­cov­ery

CL HARMON

Indi­vid­u­al­i­ty is one of the most abun­dant resources in Okla­homa. This is not to say that indi­vid­u­al­i­ty isn’t preva­lent in oth­er places as well. But Okla­homa seems to have it almost ooz­ing from the soil itself…much like the oil in our ground. There is almost always a great sto­ry to hear about some­one or some event drift­ing upon the Okla­homa breeze at any giv­en time. Of course, it’s always the peo­ple who are the most inter­est­ing. Some­time back I dis­cov­ered one of these peo­ple. In a small town the­atre, he spoke of mur­der, intrigue, and mys­tery. He con­tin­ued about an eight-year inves­tiga­tive jour­ney, his ties to a wealthy Okla­homa fam­i­ly forged from a decades-old crime and his bizarre rela­tion­ship with a sus­pect­ed mur­der­er and con­vict. I left that night know­ing that I must speak with this man again.

Chub’s auto­graph on a can­vas bag used by cow­boys for hold­ing ropes

Meet Buffalo Dale Lewis

His name is Buf­fa­lo Dale Lewis, and he is anoth­er exam­ple of the rich indi­vid­u­al­i­ty of this state we call home. But, before delv­ing into the mur­der and intrigue, let’s learn a lit­tle about Buf­fa­lo Dale. He is a drifter type, “a bit of a hired gun as a writer” who fol­lows a road map of not des­ti­na­tions, but of roads to inter­est. Born in Par­sons, Kansas in 1951, his fam­i­ly moved to Bartlesville, Okla­homa at the age of three. Grow­ing up in the local school sys­tem and then attend­ing dif­fer­ent col­leges where he played sports and became involved in the YMCA, he didn’t seem to be mov­ing toward a type of career where he would help shed light on one of the most famous mur­ders in the state.

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Kicking Off A Carrer In Writing

After his col­lege years, he would drift into the secu­ri­ty pro­fes­sion. Nev­er want­i­ng to pur­sue a career in law enforce­ment, pri­vate inves­ti­gat­ing and pro­tect­ing celebri­ties while trav­el­ing the coun­try, seemed a good fit for him. But more than a pay­check, it also gave him the oppor­tu­ni­ty to see and expe­ri­ence the world out­side of Okla­homa. These rev­e­la­tions would even­tu­al­ly prompt him to put pen to paper and write about sub­jects of inter­est to him even though he had no train­ing as a writer.

Once Dale had many years under his belt in the secu­ri­ty field, he returned to Bartlesville and picked up his inter­ests in work­ing with var­i­ous non-prof­it orga­ni­za­tions he sup­ports. It was at this point he got the idea to write to sup­port their fundrais­ers. This would lead to a week­ly col­umn with the Bartlesville Exam­in­er-Enter­prise news­pa­per and a new oppor­tu­ni­ty to explore his curi­ous nature and his­to­ry. As he began to expand on the sub­ject mat­ter, writ­ing about places he had seen in his trav­els, his read­er­ship grew, and his col­umn was picked up by oth­er news­pa­pers through Stephens Media.

The Subject Matter Gets Darker

I just ven­tured out and start­ed writ­ing about peo­ple who I thought lived good lives and did good things,” Lewis said. After that, how­ev­er, his inter­est grew into writ­ing about the dark­er ele­ments in life. It paid off. His read­ers were as engaged as ever want­i­ng to know more about what inter­est­ed this lit­er­ary gun­slinger for hire. One such sto­ry was the Whitey Bul­ger mur­der tri­al. Bul­ger was the orga­nized crime boss of the Win­ter Hill Gang in Boston. Many might remem­ber his name in con­nec­tion with Tul­sa busi­ness­man Roger Wheeler’s mur­der in 1981. He cov­ered that tri­al at the fed­er­al cour­t­house in Boston for sev­er­al months. As a result of this new direc­tion, his read­er­ship con­tin­ued to increase…as did his inter­est in oth­er sim­i­lar sto­ries such the Amer­i­can Sniper tri­al in Stephenville, Texas, which he also cov­ered.

 

Anderson Was The Last To See Mullendore Alive

At this point, Lewis began film­ing his inter­views with Ander­son. He still had not con­ceived the idea for the book at that time. It was still just an inter­est­ing sub­ject mat­ter which he wrote about once each month in his col­umn. But Lewis’ inter­est in the unsolved mur­der kept grow­ing. So he sought out oth­ers who were involved in the orig­i­nal inves­ti­ga­tion. What became clear ear­ly on was that Ander­son was Mullendore’s employ­ee and the last per­son to see him alive. Even with Ander­son, the prime sus­pect, the case remained unsolved. Lewis want­ed to know why.

The cir­cum­stances sur­round­ing the case are inter­est­ing in many ways. This case is cer­tain­ly one of those that even tele­vi­sion could not sum up in a one-hour crime show. There are many ques­tions about how such a high pro­file mur­der can remain unsolved and why jus­tice seemed to be left to die in the dew along with 32-year-old Mul­len­dore that Sep­tem­ber in 1970. With­out giv­ing away details about the book, I will say that this sto­ry is cer­tain­ly one that sheds light and dark­ness on a sub­ject that only gains inter­est as time pass­es.

We All Leave Footprints

Lewis is a unique indi­vid­ual. He is one of those Okla­homans whose entire life and career choic­es seem to have led him to a life of dis­cov­ery for him­self and oth­ers. We all leave foot­prints; some leave them in the dew run­ning away, oth­ers in the pages of his­to­ry and then there is Lewis, who leaves them in his path to dis­cov­ery.

 

 

Notes on the Author and Interview

Foot­prints in the Dew has been on the Okla­homa Best Sell­er list mul­ti­ple times includ­ing at the num­ber one posi­tion since its release almost two years ago.

Lewis trav­els the coun­try for book sign­ings and the the­atre shows of film inter­views like the one I attend­ed last year and men­tioned at the begin­ning of this arti­cle. It is time well spent to lis­ten to Lewis speak about this case and his involve­ment for any­one who is inter­est­ed in the Mul­len­dore mur­der or just a good old Okla­homa sto­ry. He has hint­ed to anoth­er book that is a “sim­i­lar type sto­ry” as Foot­prints in the Dew that will hope­ful­ly be released by Christ­mas of this year. Anoth­er great Okla­homa sto­ry that is drift­ing upon the breeze it seems…

PUBLISHER’S NOTE: Many details of Lewis’ book were inten­tion­al­ly omit­ted from this arti­cle due to our desire to keep just enough intrigue for the pub­lic to want to expe­ri­ence the sto­ry for them­selves. It is an inter­est­ing jour­ney about one of Oklahoma’s most mys­te­ri­ous mur­der cas­es that should be dis­cov­ered with­in the pages pre­sent­ed by the author.

 

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