No Oklahoma lawman ever put greater fear into the hearts of our most notorious outlaws, more courageously defended the terrorized Osages during the Osage Reign of Terror, or had his life end in greater mystery—and violence—than the legendary Luther Bishop. You’ll never forget his story.
Join John and KTOK/iHeartRadio star Gwin Faulconer-Lippert for a story of Oklahoma courage, and what doing right and defending the weak can sometimes cost. It is the 78th episode of our original OKLAHOMA GOLD! radio program and podcast. Go HERE to listen to them all! Future episodes explore more great heroes, events, and movements of Oklahoma History. Thank you Atwoods Stores for making it possible!https://youtu.be/0Ws0u194chs
Oklahoma lawman Luther Bishop, right, and one of the many illegal liquor supplies that he—and the semi-automatic pistols he packed on both hips—captured.
The demolished home of Osage petroleum headrights’ owners Bill and Ruth Smith, whom a dynamite blast murdered, along with their white housekeeper Nettie Brookshire, during the Osage Reign of Terror. (Courtesy Bartlesville Area Historical Museum.)
Former Texas Ranger Tom White, head of the courageous undercover team of lawmen who took on a vicious and terrifying murder conspiracy that victimized oil rich Osage Indians. According to White, no lawman in the years-long pursuit of the Osage killers was more valuable than Oklahoma Crime Bureau Special Agent Luther Bishop.
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Read the full story at Luther Bishop – Legendary Lawman - Podcast,
from Oklahoma History, with John Dwyer