Imagine, it’s 1953. Dwight D. Eisenhower is inaugurated as the President of the United States, the first polio vaccine was developed, and Moscow announces explosion of the hydrogen bomb.
In Tulsa, Oklahoma, an impoverished Cherokee husband and father confesses to raping and murdering an 11-year old girl. He immediately recants his confession, saying he was coerced and threatened by the authorities. Nobody believes him, except for one man — Tulsa County public defender and Creek tribal member Elliott Howe.
The murder, investigation and trial made national news back in the 1950s. Now it has largely been forgotten. “I’m lucky. I only know this story because Elliott Howe was my grandfather,” said Howe Cates