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 Moman Pruiett

Moman Pruiett

Perry County, Indiana, USA
Death 17 Dec 1945 (aged 73)
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma County, Oklahoma, USA
Burial Del City, Oklahoma County, Oklahoma, USA
Plot Sec. 5
Memorial ID 53617721 · View Source
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Thanks to fellow graver, Wes Gibson, Moman's great-grandson, for his sponsorship of this memorial.

Famous/infamous Oklahoma defense attorney who referred to himself as a "criminal lawyer." Also known as 'The Black Stud of the Washita' and 'the murderer's messiah,' in a half-century at the bar, he defended 342 murder cases, of which 304 were acquitted; 37 were convicted of lesser charges, and the one defendant actually convicted, had his death sentence vacated by William McKinley's presidential commutation. He was born Moorman H. Pruiett, reportedly on 12 July 1872, on the steamboat Gray Eagle headed up the Ohio, and hailed from Leitchfield, KY. He was the son of Warren Legrande Pruiett, a former Confederate soldier called 'Captain' and Elizabeth Louisa 'Betty' Laws-Moorman. He changed the spelling to Moman after his mother's family complained, and claimed that by going to prison twice during his youth, he had disgraced the family name. Despite a highly successful and lucrative career, by 1945, he lived in a cheap Oklahoma City flophouse, and reportedly died of pneumonia at Oklahoma City's General Hospital on 12 or 17 December 1945. A defender of the poor to the powerful, in 1914 he successfully defended Sen. Thomas P. Gore in a sexual harassment case. Perhaps the most credible biography written is entitled: "He Made It Safe to Murder," by Howard K. Berry.

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Gravesite Details Single marker.
  • Created by: Mike Casey
  • Added: 12 Jun 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 53617721
  • Wes Gibson
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Moman Pruiett (12 Jul 1872–17 Dec 1945), Find A Grave Memorial no. 53617721, citing Sunny Lane Cemetery, Del City, Oklahoma County, Oklahoma, USA ; Maintained by Mike Casey (contributor 47002614) .