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Garland Rex Brinlee, Jr
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Birth: Dec. 23, 1933
Death: Dec. 18, 2009
Tulsa
Tulsa County
Oklahoma, USA

A onetime Tahlequah plumber who was convicted in a car-bomb killing and who later escaped twice from the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester has died, officials said. Officials with the penitentiary confirmed that Garland Rex Brinlee Jr. died Friday at St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa from natural causes. He was 76. A former plumber and nightclub owner, Brinlee had been serving a life sentence for the 1971 contract killing of Fern Bolding of Bristow. He was convicted of first-degree murder in her slaying. Bolding, a teacher, was killed when she tried to start her pickup and it exploded. Bolding's husband, Donald Bolding, had been scheduled to testify against Brinlee, who was accused at the time of stealing a pickup in Tulsa County. Although Brinlee allegedly had boasted of arranging the killing, he later denied it. The first time Brinlee escaped was during a July 1973 riot at the prison. He was captured six weeks later in Biloxi, Miss. Brinlee escaped again in 1976 with six other inmates via a utility tunnel. He surrendered just a few days later to an off-duty prison guard in a grocery store in Canadian. He reportedly told officials that he didn't want to have to hurt the man so he just gave up. Brinlee had a post-conviction history of violent threats and outbursts. According to reports, he hit KTUL, Channel 8, photographer Richard Wilson in the head while in the Okmulgee County courthouse and later attacked Tulsa World photographer Don Hamilton. Brinlee told former Gov. David Hall in a letter that he "owed" Hall and Tulsa attorney Patrick Williams about four sticks of dynamite. Hall had signed the extradition request to return Brinlee to Oklahoma from Mississippi, and Williams represented Brinlee's wife in a divorce suit. The letter also threatened Tulsa attorney Thomas Dee Frasier, who had defended Brinlee in the Bolding murder case, and an officer of a Tahlequah bank that held a mortgage on an apartment owned by Brinlee. Brinlee was denied parole several times.
(Tulsa World, Tulsa, OK, Tim Stanley, Writer, Dec. 22, 2009) 
 
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 Parents:
  Garland Rexford Brinlee (1911 - 1966)
  Odene Paxton Brinlee (1915 - 2008)
 
Burial:
Memorial Park Cemetery
Tulsa
Tulsa County
Oklahoma, USA
 
Created by: MillieBelle
Record added: Aug 16, 2010
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Garland Rex Brinlee, Jr
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Garland Rex Brinlee, Jr
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