Documentary on Osage County rancher's murder to be screened July 24

Kim Archer
Bartlesville Examiner-Enterprise
Some of the press coverage of the 1970 murder of Osage County rancher millionaire E.C. Mulldendore III.

The 1970 murder of Oklahoma millionaire rancher E.C. Mullendore III has never been solved.

Shot in the forehead in his Osage County home on the sprawling Cross Bell Ranch, Mullendore's death is one of the most infamous murder cases in northeast Oklahoma history.

Intrigued by the unsolved murder, Oklahoma author and columnist Dale R. Lewis, aka "The Original Buffalo Dale," launched an investigation that led to the 2015 release of his book "Footprints in the Dew: Chub Anderson and the Unsolved Mullendore Murder."

Dale Lewis

On July 24, the historic Constantine Theatre in Pawhuska will show a documentary based on the book, "Footprints in the Dew: The Last Ten Tapes," beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets are $5 per person. Lewis will be available at the event to answer questions and sign books. A portion of the proceeds will go to support the theater.

Lewis’ book focuses on the life of Damon “Chub” Anderson and his role in the Mullendore murder.

Although Anderson was in the house with Mullendore at the time, he was never charged with the murder. In the following years, both the murder and Anderson’s own life took on a legendary quality.

Oklahoma rancher millionaire E.C. Mullendore III was murdered in his Osage County home in 1970.

“Footprints in the Dew” explores the events before and after the murder and what really happened that night. Anderson collaborated with Lewis on the project until his death in 2010.

Since its release in 2015, Lewis' book has consistently been listed on The Oklahoman’s list of bestselling books in Oklahoma, and the documentary has been shown to sell-out crowds at venues throughout the region.

Copies of the book will be available at the screening and are available online at www.originalbuffalodale.com.