OKC author delves into Sirloin Stockade murders in new crime book

OKLAHOMA CITY — Author Jean Stover bares the truth about an intrigue-filled series of crimes in the 1970s in “The Sirloin Stockade Murders,” a true crime book that is set for nationwide release this week.

On June 22, 1978, Melvin Lorenz, his wife, Linda, and son Richard were killed near Purcell, Oklahoma. On July 16 — 24 days later — six employees of a Sirloin Stockade Restaurant in southwest Oklahoma City were herded into a freezer and shot to death. Hundreds of law-enforcement members worked for eight months to track down the killers. In October and November 1979, Roger Dale Stafford was convicted of first-degree murder of nine people. However, he was not executed until 1995.

This murder story coming from the heart of Oklahoma deserves to be told, and it is told in Stover’s “The Sirloin Stockade Murders.” The book includes the behind-the-scenes perspective of law-enforcement officers involved.

Published by Tate Publishing and Enterprises, the book is available through bookstores nationwide, from the publisher at www.tatepublishing.com/bookstore, or by visiting barnesandnoble.com or amazon.com.

Eighty-one-year-old Stover has wanted to tell this story ever since she first heard her nephew speak about the murders in the late 1970s. The retired teacher lives in Oklahoma City.

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