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Black Muslim Murders: The Story of One Man’s Unbelievable Life

Updated on January 12, 2014

After the Black Muslim killings in the 1970s, citizens of Oklahoma City wanted justice and they wanted the monster or monsters responsible, caught. However, when Alfred Brooks was arrested and extradited to Oklahoma, people were shocked that a young black male was behind the heinous crimes. They expected something from a movie, a cold blooded demon that caused malicious heartache. Oklahoma had experienced many acts of race violence throughout its young history but this was a new case something many residents did not see coming. Many critics claim that Brooks was just a scapegoat, taking the fall for a local Nation of Islam leader. Alfred came from a loving family with little money and with no way to pay for a decent lawyer; he became the easiest target when law enforcement wanted the case closed.

Alfred Brooks was born on April 1st, 1953 to Elizabeth Brooks in Los Angeles, California. He was raised in a loving single parent home with his sister, but kept in contact with his father who stayed back in LA to keep his good paying job. Alfred and his family moved to Oklahoma after his mother got sick from air pollution in LA and moved to the fresh air of Oklahoma. Elizabeth was in many eyes the perfect mother; she did all she could for her two children and made sure they had everything they needed. From taking in foster children to cooking for the neighborhood, Elizabeth was very involved. Alfred grew up on the East side of Oklahoma City on 23rd Street. He attended Douglas High School and was a decent student, but an even better athlete. Brooks spent most of his school days on a field or in a lane. His sports of choice were football, baseball and swimming. He was such a strong swimmer his summers were spent in a lifeguard tower watching young children splash and scream with joy. That same pool, in Harrison Park is now filled with dirt, grass growing through the cracks in the concrete. In a way that is just like Alfred’s life, filled with rough debris, but good shining through those cracks. [1]

After graduating high school he was brought to a crossroads, find work and support his lower class family or accept an offer from Grambling State to attend college. With a mother who had done everything she could to support her family, Alfred had decided to do the same. During his junior year of high school Alfred was introduced to several young men in a growing religious group called the Nation of Islam (NOI).

Alfred was introduced to a young man who had just returned from Vietnam. Cooper was a smooth talking 25 year old who was always around the same young friends Alfred was and liked some of the girls Alfred had a fondness for. Cooper always had questions for Alfred regarding race and black history. Alfred never had the answers so this intrigued him and Cooper became more intriguing to Alfred. A year or so went by and Cooper began to change even more, wearing a bow tie and suit, shaving his afro. Cooper now started to have different questions for Alfred, “why do you play a white man’s game running up and down that field, the white man is putting us down and you are giving them an opportunity.” When Cooper told Alfred he was now a Muslim and a member of the Nation of Islam, Alfred began to ask questions about the new religion that was popping up in Oklahoma. [2]

Cooper invited Alfred to a few meetings before he finally gained enough courage to ask his mother if she would let him go. Elizabeth expressed her distrust in the group and asked Alfred to stay clear of them and wouldn’t allow him to go. Alfred didn’t follow his mother’s request and met Cooper at a local park where they drove to the mosque. Looking back Alfred will tell you this was his first mistake. “My mom was my rock and she tried to keep me on the straight and narrow but as a young kid I had it all planned out, I knew the decisions I made were the right ones no matter what my mom thought.”

Alfred went to the mosque several times and continued to ask his mom for permission while sneaking out when she said he couldn’t. Alfred wasn’t sure if it was constant questioning by him or the fact that his mother just gave in to let him learn, but she finally approved his request to attend a meeting at the mosque. This gave Alfred all the approval he needed to join the group from here on he was fully committed.

The Nation of Islam is an African American religious movement that mingles elements of Islam and Black Nationalism. It was founded in 1931 by Wallace D. Fard-Muhammad, who established its first mosque in Detroit, Michigan. Fard retired into obscurity and his assistant Elijah Muhammad, who founded a second temple in Chicago, took over in 1934. He asserted the moral and cultural superiority of Africans over whites and urged African Americans to renounce Christianity as a tool of the oppressors. Muhammad claimed, “All white men are devils.”[3] The Nation of Islam grew quickly after World War II, and in the early 1960s it achieved national prominence through the work of Malcolm X. Leadership disputes led Malcolm to form a separate organization and finally to his assassination in 1965. During the

‘60s and ‘70s when they were at the peak of their power, the NOI was a strong attractant to their adherents, while becoming frightening to most whites. Overall the NOI seeks a pride in community and encourages discipline in Islamic law. According to most members the Nation, they helped black people pick themselves up by their bootstraps. A splinter group headed by Louis Farrakhan retains the movement's original name and principles. In the early 21st century there were approximately 10,000 members of the Nation of Islam.[4]

As you can imagine these types of groups drew a line right down the middle of the black and white community. During the ‘60s and ‘70s the fear and distrust on both sides was growing, even in Oklahoma City and especially between cops and blacks. Former Oklahoma City Police Chief M.T. Berry told the Daily Oklahoman, “the white officer was not trusted, but the black officer was not trusted very much either. We were seen as sellouts or called Uncle Toms.”[5]

In 1969 Theodore Manuel arrived in Oklahoma City from Memphis, Tennessee. Manuel and his five family members took refuge in a building that was set to be demolished, but then refused to leave, claiming police were picking on him. He denied being a member of the NOI, but resurfaced several months later calling himself Theodore G. X.

During the next four years, Theodore became the spiritual leader of Oklahoma City’s NOI. He controlled Muslim-owned businesses on the city’s northeast side, including Muhammad’s Temple of Islam on NE 23rd just a few blocks from where Alfred Brooks grew up. That building still stands today. Theodore was known for his dapper appearance, activism and speaking skills, he was also a familiar figure at city council meetings. Police compared the controversial minister to a gang leader and suspected his involvement in several crimes.[6]

After graduation in 1971 Alfred joined the group led by Theodore G.X. Alfred thought it would be beneficial to his family. He had the opportunity to make money at several of the business owned by the NOI including a fish market and service station, now Alfred could support his mother and younger sister. From there on, Brooks’ life would be full of dangerous games and cultivate to a life behind bars.

On June 17, 1973, members of the Nation of Islam caused a disturbance at a Juneteenth celebration at Douglass High School. They order a disc jockey to shut down his mobile broadcast and air

a tape called "Muhammad Speaks." This tape was a reading of writings from Elijah Muhammad, which tried to get blacks to rise up against whites. Oklahoma City Police ended up responding to the disturbance and made a traffic stop arresting Alfred X. Brooks, 20, and Lattes N. McNelley, 26, who was Alfred’s brother in law. This arrest brought Brooks and the NOI into the view of Oklahoma City police. Just a few hours later Oklahoma’s most controversial Nation of Islam leader, Theodore G. X. and about 20 of his men showed up at police headquarters and demand the release of Brooks and McNelley. Theodore warned that "other groups" might take advantage of the situation and that police officers would not be safe on the east side of town. Brooks was released later in the evening without any charges being filed. However Theodore’s threats were not empty, two black men knocked on the door of a home at 1642 NE 30th, where a white family lived in a predominantly black neighborhood. The strangers shot Edward Norton and his son Robert. The younger Norton died before emergency crews could arrive. Sometime later that evening The C.R. Anthony department store at 1813 NE 23rd was firebombed. The shootings and fires did not stop; just after midnight two men awoke another white family at 1130 NE 20th. Resident Ryan Caldwell, 32, would not open up, so the two men shot him through the door, striking him several times. He lived and the rampage continued when Northeast High School's auditorium was damaged by three arson fires. Around 1:45am three black males pulled up alongside a car near NW 38th and shot Patricia Hall, 14, in the head with a shotgun, she survived. Two more fires erupted at the Cowboy Hall of Fame & Western Heritage Center, and a small grocery store causing minor damage. After all the destruction and horrific night for part of Oklahoma City there were no charges or arrests, but police had a suspect. The only problem was finding the evidence to prosecute Theodore X and Alfred Brooks.[7]

Almost a year later the city streets seemed to be less dangerous but the looming effect of that warm summer night still lingered in the back of local minds, and soon enough they would not need a reminder. Around 1:00am on March 17, 1974 Sharon K. Workman, left the Holiday Inn at NW 39th and Interstate 44 to go pick up a pizza. She was abducted by two black males, forced to strip and lie on the floorboards of her car, tied with her bra, choked with a scarf and hit numerous times with a gun. She awakened to see the men running away. Just before 2:00am on June 8, 1974 Lynn Marie Nunn was abducted by a black male as she left Uncle Charlie's Club at 1600 Northwest Expressway. She was forced to disrobe and lie on the floorboards. She managed to escape by throwing herself out of the car while it was moving. Another few weeks passed and on July 15, Nancy Lynn Nuckels, 21, was abducted from a nightclub and shot six times. Her body was found nude in a wooded area near Northwest Expressway. Her clothing was later found inside her car, which had been abandoned at an apartment complex.

Here is where Alfred Brooks’s involvement became even more apparent. On July 28th Brooks used a false driver's license to buy a .357 Smith & Wesson pistol from a Del City pawn shop and just a week later that gun was used to kidnap Judy Webb, 18, and her roommate, Karen Trantham, 23, from a nightclub. They were forced to strip and climb into the backseat of a car. Both were shot near NE 65th and Coltrane. Webb died, but Trantham managed to survive escaping to a farmhouse a mile away. Over the next month four more murders occurred including the executions of Stephen Ray Wilburn who was executed at a gas station in Del City on August 18th. On the 26th Carlton Fields, 24, and Jerry Hohne, 23, were fatally shot at Ken's Pizza, in Norman. Fields stayed alive for about four hours and described the killer as a black male wearing a green uniform and carrying a large pistol, likely a .357. The night of September 2nd the last murder in this mystery occurred, as 19 year old Larry Cox, was executed at the Malone Service Station in Lawton. He was shot with a .357 in the back of the head.

Police were able to put descriptions and evidence together to build a case. September 8th, 1974 was the last day Alfred Brooks was a free man. He was arrested in San Diego and in his possession was the .357 he purchased in Del City. When police began to search Alfred’s background they found he was wanted in questioning for murders in Oklahoma. Bullets test-fired from Brooks' gun were flown to Oklahoma City. Ballistics evidence showed that Webb, Trantham, Wilburn, Hohne and Fields all had been shot with the same gun. However, upon further testing showed Brooks' gun was not used in those shootings. With only that evidence, on Jan. 21, 1976, Brooks was convicted of first-degree murder in Webb's death and given the death penalty. His sentence was commuted in 1977 to serve two consecutive life terms. This is just the information from police records and articles from newspapers. When speaking to the man charged with these heinous crimes, it is a different story and one Norman investigators do not like to hear.[8]

Now 60 years old, Alfred has fought many years to tell his side of the story. He found it hard to tell back in 1975, but feels it is one that needs to be told now. Alfred does not deny his involvement in the NOI and even confirms details of how the night Judy Webb died. According to Brooks he was picked up by Theodore X the evening of August 6th and even though he was apprehensive he went along with Theodore. Alfred was told they were “going to give white girls a scare” and there was never a discussion of murder just that the two young girls would experience a scary night ahead. When Alfred entered the car he was greeted by Theodore who was wearing a disguise including a wig. This should have been a sign for Alfred to turn back but instead he pulled the door and went along for the ride. The two young girls were forced into the car and Brooks will tell you he held the two at gun point in the back seat. The car drove on into the dark night and finally stopped in the country where the two girls were forced out

of the car. Theodore took the gun from Alfred and told him to grab rope from the trunk of the car and that they would tie the girls up, and leave them to their own fears in the dark country night. Alfred walked slowly behind the two girls with Theodore bringing up the rear of the group. When the sound of three bullets leaving the gun rang out, Alfred hit the ground. Alfred looked over and saw the two girls lying motionless in the moonlight and he took off after Theodore. He told Alfred he had to shoot the girls because everyone in the Oklahoma City area new what he looked like, who he was and he couldn’t chance them identifying him to police. The two men quickly got back into the car and fled the scene while Trantham pulled enough courage to find a place to call for help. Alfred didn’t just flee into the Oklahoma night he quickly left the state all together finding refuge in California. His fear of being charged with a murder was not what made him leave Oklahoma. Alfred had heard stories about other brothers in the Nation of Islam; stories that made him question his safety around Theodore. Several of Alfred’s friends had told him Theodore was upset that both women did not die and he blamed Alfred for that. He had no intentions of hanging around to find out if Theodore had planned to get revenge.[9]

Alfred had saved up some money and left for San Diego to get as far away from Theodore as possible. Alfred sent his young pregnant wife and their two other children to stay with his mother while he went to find work. The same way Alfred first came into contact with the police would be his final demise. He pulled off of a main highway to rest after crossing the border coming back from Tijuana, Mexico. A San Diego police officer looking for illegal Mexicans crossing the border came into contact with Alfred. After granting the officer permission to look inside his car, he found the .357 and arrested Alfred for possession of a firearm. He now knows the mistake he made and knows by just being there

that night the two girls were shot he deserved to be in jail, but with no proof he actually shot the two does he belong behind prison walls this long? [10]

According to former Detective Kyle Eastridge, Alfred did a lot more and is right where he belongs: “There is a lot of mystery behind all of the shootings and arsons, finding the person or people who did it all might not ever happen.” Eastridge said in an interview. “We have one of the perpetrators behind bars, and we know he committed the crime he is serving time for.” [11]

When looking at the evidence is Alfred really deserving of those claims and is he just taking the fall for all these other cases the police cannot prosecute. If you compile the lack of evidence, two passed lie detector tests and all the complications when attempting parole, it looks as though Alfred is catching the heat for the crimes police cannot solve.

At just 23 years old Alfred started his time in the Oklahoma County Jail in 1976, and then in 1977 he was moved to California to serve five years for armed robbery. He subsequently paroled back to Oklahoma to serve the remainder of the Oklahoma life sentence in April of 1978. Life in prison has been hard and Alfred has become a predominant figure in most prison systems he has been in. Most wardens remember a lot of their inmates but for James Frazier the former warden of James Crabtree Correctional Center in Helena, Oklahoma he remembers Alfred better than most. In a letter to the Oklahoma Parole Board Frazier wrote, “During his incarceration at this facility, I have observed Alfred take every opportunity available to better not just himself, but other inmates. Alfred is one of those people who could do so much good on the outside and really deserves the opportunity to be a free citizen.”[12] At his time in the Crabtree prison, Alfred had the opportunity to showcase his love for the arts. Taking prison

offered classes with Doobie Potter allowed Alfred to do just that. “I have never seen someone so poetic, well-spoken and driven sitting behind bars.” Mrs. Potter said in a phone interview.[13]

Alfred began writing poems and short stories and presenting them to Potter who came up with an idea that was not unheard of but somewhat unorthodox. Potter presented an idea to Warden Frazier. The idea that with the several talented inmates the prison held, Potter could organize a performance group. After a presentation to the Crabtree Prison, Warden Frazier decided the troupe had to be seen and quickly the Crabtree Players were traveling Oklahoma. “I have always been pretty good at English,” Brooks said, “And I wanted to take advantage of everything I could. I started writing poetry, then plays and short stories.”[14]

Brooks used prison life as his set. The plays ran from 30 minutes to an hour in length from stories about drug use to comedies performed in elementary schools about cigarette smoking. The members of the troupe included convicted murderers like Brooks, as well as inmates convicted of second-degree rape and armed robbery. The Players performed in over 170 venues from schools, prisons, churches and community centers to almost 15,000 people. A traveling group of inmates is definitely an interesting attraction, what made it even more intriguing was that they traveled without security. The prison considered each one a trustworthy inmate and did not find them to be a flight risk. The more shows the troupe put on the more recognition and attention they got. To most this seems like good publicity for such a talented group, but for Brooks it was just the opposite. His stellar acting and creative writing could have possibly led to the denial of his first opportunity to be paroled.[15]

After 14 years of incarceration, pardon and parole board member Carl Hamm placed Alfred upon an early parole docket. The Daily Oklahoman newspaper conducted a telephone interview with

Alfred when the acting troupe brought his parole to the front page of local papers. The article reported that Mr. Hamm said, he spoke with District Attorney Robert Macy prior to placing Brooks on the early docket and the D.A. approved. The day after the article was published the D.A. Macy staged a protest with victim’s families present. The protest helped block the parole bid keeping Brooks behind bars yet again.[16]

Two years later in September of 1990, Alfred was scheduled for his second attempt for parole. However, five days before he was to personally appear before the parole board, D.A. Macy once again slammed the door shut on Alfred. The D.A. filed charges of “Offering False Evidence” against Alfred in an appeal of his sentence. He was placed in the county jail, preventing him from appearing before the parole board, and only allowing the district attorney’s version of the case to be heard. In an article the next day Macy stated, concerning Brooks, “He was sentenced to death. He should have been executed by now. The Mandate of the people should have been carried out and he should not be on the parole docket.”[17]

Who is Mr. Macy to decide this? The court ruled that Alfred be sentenced to life in prison. According to Oklahoma statue those sentenced to life in prison will have the possibility of being granted parole. Macy passed away in November of 2011 never further answering questions regarding Brooks and his parole. This has not stopped Alfred from fighting to get out of prison. Now housed in the Lawton Correctional Facility, Alfred waits patiently for his next opportunity to be released. That could be next month or in 12 years. New Oklahoma Parole Board policies state that an inmate will be notified at least

20 days in advance of the hearing. This does not affect Alfred in any way; he stays ready to prove his rehabilitation.[18]

Alfred knows that when his time does come to be paroled he can prove his life has changed and for the better. It could be hard for most to believe that a convicted felon, one convicted of murder for that matter could be rehabilitated. When looking at Alfred you see a man who has admitted to sins, specifically the mistake of joining Theodore G. X. and the NOI. In 1980, Brooks renounced his membership with the NOI and in 1993 became a member of the First Church of Christ Scientist. He started reading about metaphysics, which he studies to this day.

Alfred had very little to do with the NOI once convicted. He did not see Theodore X. after Alfred fled to California. In 1975, Nation of Islam leadership removed Theodore from his ministerial position after reports of sexual abuse came to light against Theodore. He changed his name to Talib Karim and moved to Detroit, where he worked as a social worker and community college professor. In 1985 he moved again, this time back to his hometown of Memphis and legally changing his name to Dr. Talib-Karim Muhammed. He founded three Islamic organizations and rose to prominence after filing a 1988 lawsuit that changed the way council members were chosen. Hundreds of people, including two former mayors of Memphis and Tennessee Senator Jim Cooper attended his funeral in 1995, after he died of cancer.

This of course has not helped Alfred’s case considering Theodore was the only other suspect. In 2008 Alfred was contacted by Theodore’s son, Omar Karim. He was angry with reports that had recently come out at the time about his father. Omar is a successful D.C. attorney and had no idea of his father’s involvement in the crimes or even that his father had another name. Karim had intentions of pressing

charges against the Daily Oklahoman for implicating his deceased father in a murder case. Nothing ever came of those charges and Karim has not attempted to contact Brooks since. He asked Brooks numerous questions about his father, leading Brooks to the notion that Theodore told no one about his past in Oklahoma, leading more to believe that Theodore was hiding his past.[19]

It is hard to fathom a case this farfetched, but in the world we live in with school murders and bombings across the nation Alfred’s story doesn’t seem too unimaginable. It is the perfect example of being at the wrong place at the wrong time. A young gullible teen falling into the wrong group and taking in every word as scripture. However if he did commit the crimes how is it fitting to continue to allow a man clearly rehabilitated to remain behind bars. After visiting Alfred Brooks in the Lawton Correctional facility you can clearly see a man who has forgiven his enemies and repented his sins, a man who would fit in at the family barbecue. His prison nick name is “Get along Al” because everyone gets along with him and enjoys his company. He tries to mentor troubled youth and hopes to do that when he is out of prison. That date could be as soon as October 2013 when he hopes to stand in front of a parole board for the first time. His past attempts have failed yet Alfred keeps a positive mind and hopes for the best. “I know I have been rehabilitated if that was the case I would have been out of here a very long time ago. I think I have a pretty good shot at getting out of here because I have a lot of people on my side, people who know I would serve a better purpose on the outside of these walls than on the inside.[20]

Oklahoma has a rough history of race crimes including the Tulsa riots and averaging 29 hate crimes a year.[21] So it is not hard to believe an African American would commit one or even several crimes against a white citizen, but how often are they falsely convicted especially at the time Alfred was arrested. In many eyes it is hard to justify why a man would be sitting behind bars for 38 years when he was convicted of just one murder. For Texas murder convictions, you would serve a minimum of five years and eligible for parole after 30 years.[22] Texas leads the nation in executions with Oklahoma coming in at a close second. So why would a state known for capital punishment and regular executions be more lenient on convicted murderers? I feel it all goes back to keeping Alfred behind bars, trying to punish someone, anyone for the other crimes that have never been solved.

Alfred holds a potential that many convicts do not hold, a drive that has more than likely kept him alive in prison. He has a talent for music, art and still works out as much as he can when not locked down in his eight foot cell. It is time to see where that drive would get him in society on the outside of his prison walls. He worries life would be different and even hard but Alfred has never let adversity be a barrier. With his life lessons, experiences and stories Alfred could help mold trouble youth and possibly keep them from making the same mistakes he made. He was once a follower that hung on twisted words, Alfred now leads and people hang on his every word waiting for the next line of his amazing story.

[1] Brooks, Alfred, interview by Todd Larkin, April 21, 2013

[2] Brooks, Alfred, interview by Todd Larkin, April 21, 2013

[3] "American Experience | Malcolm X: Make It Plain | People & Events | PBS." PBS: Public Broadcasting Service. (accessed March 3, 2013).

[4] "What is the Nation of Islam? : Introduction." ADL: Fighting Anti-Semitism, Bigotry and Extremism. (accessed March 3, 2013).

[5] Raymond, Ken. “Black Muslim Killing Gain New Attention.” Daily Oklahoman, Oklahoma City, September 8, 2008.

[6] Brooks, Alfred, interview by Todd Larkin, April 21, 2013.

[7] Eastridge, Kyle, interview by Todd Larkin, February 15, 2013.

[8] Eastridge, Kyle, interview by Todd Larkin, February 15, 2013.

[9] Brooks, Alfred, interview by Todd Larkin, April 21, 2013.

[10] Brooks, Alfred, interview by Todd Larkin, April 21, 2013.

[11] Eastridge, Kyle, interview by Todd Larkin, February 15, 2013.

[12] Frazier, James to Betsy Pain, November 5th, 1984, Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board. Papers.

[13] Potter, Doobie interview by Todd Larkin, April 1, 2013.

[14] Brooks, Alfred, interview by Todd Larkin, April 21, 2013.

[15] Potter, Doobie interview by Todd Larkin, April 1, 2013.

[16] Raymond, Ken. “Black Muslim Killing Gain New Attention.” Daily Oklahoman, Oklahoma City, September 8, 2008.

[17] Raymond, Ken. “Black Muslim Killing Gain New Attention.” Daily Oklahoman, Oklahoma City, September 8, 2008.

[18] Brooks, Alfred, interview by Todd Larkin, April 21, 2013.

[19] Potter, Doobie interview by Todd Larkin, April 1, 2013.

[20] Brooks, Alfred, interview by Todd Larkin, April 21, 2013.

[21] "Hate Crimes race related statistics - states compared - Crime data on StateMaster." StateMaster - US Statistics, State Comparisons.

[22] "Incarceration Rates by Race." Oklahoma Department of Corrections.

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      kathy Jo 

      2 years ago

      Karen, Ive wanted to talk with you , for so many years...I hope you are doing well..Ive always considered Judy as a sister. My family took custody of Judy at 17 yrs old..She moved out with Karen Waylynn, and after, Im sure she moved in with you. I have tried to keep up with all the information going on with the case. I don't know if she has ever told you about Tony, I talk with him a lot. I hope you know who I am.. Id like to Email you, if you would like. My email is

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      Patty (Savory) Gilliam 

      3 years ago

      HE IS A LYING KILLER, AND SHOULD HAVE BEEN EXECUTED DECADES AGO! You have now heard from the surviving victim AND her family. The right thing to do is retract your garbage. I worked with both of those girls (Karen and Judy), and was fortunate to NOT be with them that night. You have NO IDEA what you are talking about!

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      3 years ago

      I met your parents several time at parole hearings. Bless your heart.


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      3 years ago

      I'm Steve Wilburn's sister. If my brother can't come back to society neither should he. I'm so glad my parents are now with Steve & didn't see this. If he gets denied parole what makes him think he can get get out now. I've been without my brother for 41 years.

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      karen trantham 

      4 years ago

      Who is your cousin? I am sure I will know the name. Bless your whole family. Something like this will never go away. I hope you a writing letters to the parole board every time Brooks comes up for parole. I want him to stay lock up forever so that he does not do to other families what he has done to mine and yours plus countless others. You can email me Look forward to hearing from you.

      Karen Trantham

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      4 years ago

      My cousin died on July 15, 1974 in Oklahoma City she was found by the roadside with six bullets in her head and nude. Her killer has never been officially found, but could very well be Alfred Brooks. My cousin is the girl murdered just before Karen Trantham and her friend were abducted and shot at and killed. My Aunt and Uncle went to their graves never knowing who killed their beloved daughter, and their daughter never got to live her life!

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      Karen Trantham 

      4 years ago

      If you want to be a good writer, be a seeker of truth! Beginning with your first paragraph you lead the reader astray...... Alfred came from a loving family with little money and with no way to pay for a decent lawyer; he became the easiest target when law enforcement wanted the case closed.

      He probably did come from a loving family, didn't we all? His attorney was E. Melvin Porter, a civil rights attorney and a state senator. Not an attorney that was considered a poor man's attorney. He was not an easy target for law enforcement, they just had the truth on their side. That truth was me. However you look at his story, he murdered Judy Webb and shot me with that same intent. Not his partner in crime. Brooks was the shooter. This was a night that is burned in my memory and will never leave me. It changed my life forever. There is no mistake here, he is guilty as charged.

      For the gun story, that is full of holes. You need to get the OSBI ballistic report. Brooks was arrested with the same bullets that killed Judy Webb. The police even know that the bullets came out of a robbery in Dallas, TX. .38 hollow point. The gun used was later recovered in an abandoned house in California. Same place Brooks fled to upon the news that I survived. Same place he was arrested for armed robbery. Brooks is the worst kind of criminal. He may have supporters, but anything they say is based only on what he tells them. They were not there, I was. Rehab, no way, that starts with telling the truth. He has failed to do that.

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      4 years ago

      Ok please do share!!

      You can email me

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      Jim Jackson 

      4 years ago

      Of course it's difficult locating Ms. Trantham; Brooks is still alive.

      I'd be happy to share with you videos online of Brooks at a parole hearing being asked who told the girls to disrobe, who told them to get in the floorboard (and eventually trunk), and who tied them up, with Brooks responding "I did, I did, I did". Hardly the acts of someone being "at the wrong place at the wrong time".

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      Charles Trantham 

      4 years ago

      Fortunately the only survivor of brooks murder spree is still alive. We will see you at the next parole meeting. Brooks is a murder. When he can bring back all that he has killed and give them back all the years they have been buried then of course he should be paroled

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      Todd Larkin 

      4 years ago

      Also if you look at my sources I intervied one of the lead detectives, the reporter from the Daily Oklahoman and people from the pardon parole board. I had nothing to lose or gain from this article, just a grade which would have been good either way. I feel for the families of all involved so please let me know if I can talk with the victims..

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      Todd Larkin 

      4 years ago

      This was a story I did for a history class. I tried locating any remaining survivors without any luck. If you could point me in some direction or help with a contact I would love the opportunity to speak and get more insight on the story. This story was that of Alfred's, because I couldn't get a story from any of the others involved.

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      Brad Trantham 

      4 years ago

      It's sad that Mr. Larkin failed to mention that Karen Trantham identified the KILLER and he's currently living in Lawtons correctional facility. Is that not evidence enough? Something stinks here, Mr. Larkin and it's your lack of reporting FACTS (from a survivor) versus that of a convicted murderer. As far as Brooks is concerned....he needs to stay where he's at.

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      Brandi Trantham 

      4 years ago

      I find myself at a loss for appropriate words. Only I hope that Mr. Larkin is not suggesting that the witness and victim had presented false testimony during Brook's trial, rather he is choosing to omit key information in the explanation he provides for Brook's conviction in attempt to sway the reader. Be careful what you write, Mr. Larkin.

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      Jim Jackson 

      4 years ago

      You only need to ask one of the few who were lucky enough to survive these horrible and senseless attacks to find out whether or not if Brooks is where he belongs. Karen Trantham saw ALFRED BROOKS pull the trigger. And if the gun only went off 3 times, how did Ms. Trantham receive FIVE bullet wounds? He's guilty as sin and deserves DEATH as he was originally sentenced to!


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