Killers of the Flower Moon

Killers of the Flower Moon

The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI

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From New Yorker staff writer David Grann, #1 New York Times best-selling author of The Lost City of Z, a twisting, haunting true-life murder mystery about one of the most monstrous crimes in American history

       
In the 1920s, the richest people per capita in the world were members of the Osage Indian nation in Oklahoma. After oil was discovered beneath their land, they rode in chauffeured automobiles, built mansions, and sent their children to study in Europe.
      Then, one by one, the Osage began to be killed off. The family of an Osage woman, Mollie Burkhart, became a prime target. Her relatives were shot and poisoned. And it was just the beginning, as more and more members of the tribe began to die under mysterious circumstances.
      In this last remnant of the Wild West—where oilmen like J. P. Getty made their fortunes and where desperadoes like Al Spencer, the “Phantom Terror,” roamed—many of those who dared to investigate the killings were themselves murdered. As the death toll climbed to more than twenty-four, the FBI took up the case. It was one of the organization’s first major homicide investigations and the bureau badly bungled the case. In desperation, the young director, J. Edgar Hoover, turned to a former Texas Ranger named Tom White to unravel the mystery. White put together an undercover team, including one of the only American Indian agents in the bureau. The agents infiltrated the region, struggling to adopt the latest techniques of detection.  Together with the Osage they began to expose one of the most chilling conspiracies in American history. 
      In Killers of the Flower Moon, David Grann revisits a shocking series of crimes in which dozens of people were murdered in cold blood. Based on years of research and startling new evidence, the book is a masterpiece of narrative nonfiction, as each step in the investigation reveals a series of sinister secrets and reversals. But more than that, it is a searing indictment of the callousness and prejudice toward American Indians that allowed the murderers to operate with impunity for so long. Killers of the Flower Moon is utterly compelling, but also emotionally devastating.

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Presents a true account of the early twentieth-century murders of dozens of wealthy Osage and law-enforcement officials, citing the contributions and missteps of a fledgling FBI that eventually uncovered one of the most chilling conspiracies in American history.

Publisher: New York :, Doubleday,, [2016]
ISBN: 9780385534253
0385534256
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Alternative Title: Axis 360 eBooks

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elizabeth88_1
Apr 19, 2018

This is one of the best non-fiction books I've read for some time! It saddens me that even in the 20th century, Native Americans were not only still being screwed over, but even murdered by greedy white people who wanted their land! Poor Mollie Burkhart's story got to me , because her own husband was partially responsible for the murder of several members of her family! And he did it all on the orders of a man who claimed to be a Christian!

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orange_lobster_23
Apr 11, 2018

Journalist David Grann recounts the chilling, forgotten, and buried "Reign of Terror" of the
wealthy Osage nation during the early 1920's and 30's while unearthing additional evidence missing in the original investigation of the nascent F.B.I. The pervasive greed, genocide and cover-up resulted in hundreds of deaths hidden by a conspiracy involving all levels of political hierarchy. A terrifying crime story and shameful part of American history.

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gopchic
Mar 08, 2018

An intriguing historical recounting of America's FBI and the belittling ways we, as a country, treated American Indians. The under-arching themes could be applied to society today, with alcoholism, drug addiction, philandering, abuse, manipulation, and greed being the vices that still ruin and destroy families, friends, tribes, and society at-large. A great read that taught me history I never knew while invoking a variety of emotions and questions within me.

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OMalley01
Feb 25, 2018

Enjoyed this book as I have few others. The author's use of primary sources sets an amazing level of credibility to the account of the Osage murders.

When coupled with a chronicle of the FBI's development, the telling of the Osage murders opens the door to a view of US history that is rarely, if ever, explored in our formal education system.

This should be -- or parts of it, at least -- required reading in every American History course in secondary school and college.

Well done!

DBRL_DanaS Feb 05, 2018

A detailed, well-written account of the suspicious murders of many wealthy young Osage Indians during the early 20th century and the investigation that followed. A truly disturbing account of a lesser- known event that speaks to the extent of human greed and exploitation of minority groups in the US. Despite the subject matter, Grann's writing and storycrafting makes this a page turner. Highly recommended for readers interested in true crime, US history, and the frontier west.

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Uchinaguchi
Jan 29, 2018

A chilling investigation into the seemingly unconnected deaths of members of the Osage tribe in the 1920s. David Grann focuses his story from 3 primary perspectives, Mollie Burkhart, Tom White, and Grann himself. These three perspectives provide the fear that Mollie Burkhart and members of the Osage tribe felt as their families were being killed, the struggle and integrity that Tom White put into his investigation, and the time Grann put into uncovering the details of this long forgotten case and his due diligence to dig a little further. Grann's writing allows readers to experience the reign of terror, and face the dark truth that plagued the Osage tribe.

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cpdemers
Jan 28, 2018

Well-written account of the Reign of Terror - the years-long effort to assassinate particular Indian members to gain access to their wealth due to mineral rights. A compelling read which poses the unsettling question: will we ever know how dark and broad this conspiracy was?

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ranvapa
Jan 26, 2018

Story about dozens to hundreds of murders that happened to the Osage in the beginning of the 20th century, in an attempt to steal mineral headrights. The murders continued undersolved and underprosecuted until a team from the newly formed FBI under Hoover arrived in the mid-late 20s.

Grann does a fantastic job of digging deeply into the past, not just to tell the story of the most famous of victims, but bringing to light the many more unconfirmed murders for Osage headrights.

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dmathews_2
Jan 06, 2018

An excellent book about a piece of history most of us had ever heard of. The author did a good job of researching facts for this captivating book which I found hard to put down.

AL_LESLEY Dec 10, 2017

Another glaring example of why the European white settlement of the Americas should never be glorified. The multitude of ways that native people were and are exploited is shocking. A great nonfiction for nonfiction novices. Honestly I would have liked this to be a bit longer with more information!

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