Panel Discussion: Vice, Crime & Vigilantes In The Magic City

vice, crime and vigilantes in the magic city, tulsa

Vice, Crime & Vigilantes in the Magic City

Saturday, July 19 • 10:30 a.m.-noon

Tulsa Historical Society, 2445 S. Peoria Ave.

From the Osage Indian murders to the Tulsa Race Riot to notorious gangster and outlaw activity, the 1920s Tulsa area was no stranger to violence and crime. Tulsa City-County Library and the Tulsa Historical Society invite you to join writers Larry Yadon, Steve Gerkin and Jason Christian as they discuss stories of murder, mayhem and local criminal masterminds in the Magic City. Seating is limited. Registration is required. To register, click here or call 918-549-7423 or email

photo: 1924/1925 Tulsa Police Department Vice Squad from the Tulsa Area Government Documents digital collection


There wasn't an official recommended reading list associated with the program, though we appreciate the suggestion and will keep that in mind for a future program. The following related articles were written by the panelists and are available online from This Land Press:

Terror's Legacy by Jason Christian

Beno Hall:  Tulsa's Den of Terror by Steve Gerkin

Is This the Face of the Man at the Center of the Tulsa Race Riot? by Steve Gerkin

Diamond in the Rough:  On the Trail of the Man at the Center of the Tulsa Race Riot of 1921 by Steve Gerkin

First Charged, Last Freed by Steve Gerkin

The Reign of Creepy by Steve Gerkin

Tigress:  The Life and Times of Kathryn Kelly by Laurence J. Yadon

You might also be interested in Steve Gerkin's Hidden History of Tulsa (circulating library copies will be available soon) and Laurence J. Yadon's 100 Oklahoma Outlaws, Gangsters, and Lawmen.

Finally, you'll find a guide to 1921 Tulsa Race Riot resources, specifically, here.

Thank you for your interest and feedback!





I missed this and it sounds fascinating. Was there a reading list recommended???

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