Killers of the Flower Moon

Killers of the Flower Moon

The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI

eBook - 2017
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"THE BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR SO FAR"-Entertainment WeeklyFrom 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.
Publisher: 2017.
ISBN: 9780385534253
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Jan 17, 2020

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Jan 12, 2020

Everyone should read this book. Can’t say enough about it.

Dec 30, 2019

Like most have said, great book and very shameful event in our history as a nation. The book does read like a novel despite the historical content, a testament to the writer's ability to bring characters to life. Warning though: the descriptions of murders don't hide the awful hideous evil in some men's hearts.

indyPL_LizS Dec 30, 2019

Strange story about the plight of the Osage Nation Indian Tribe, in the early 1900’s. They had already been driven out of their original territorial lands and placed on a desolate reservation in Oklahoma.
After reading this book, what amazes me, in this dramatic saga, is the way the US. Government dealt with the Osage tribe after oil deposits were found on their land. There were restrictions placed on Osage Native American Indians since it was felt that these people weren’t able to think for themselves handling their own money. Also, greed, murders from local law enforcements, deceitful people continue to swindled Osage from their wealth. Finally, the Osage looked to the Federal Bureau of Investigation under J. Edgar Hoover for help.

Made me feel very uncomfortable how theses Native Americans were treated over all.

Dec 29, 2019


Dec 27, 2019

Man is a crook from the very beginning

Dec 23, 2019

There is no race in this country that has been more wronged than the Native American. This book is just a teeny weeny snapshot in time showing how deplorable people treat (and have treated) others out of greed and ignorance and are able to get away with it.

Such a good story- highly recommend.

Dec 01, 2019

lots of photos to illustrate the text …. and the photos are placed with their relevant text, and not bunched together near the back like you find in many books...

ArapahoeKristy Nov 22, 2019

This well written account informed me of events in our history of which I had sadly been unaware. I highly recommend it.

FPL_John Oct 28, 2019

I thought this was a great book. It covers an episode in history that you won't hear much about. It's well researched and I loved seeing how the journalist who wrote it tracked down additional information so many years later. Even if you don't like reading history books, this one reads more like a mystery due to the nature of the events. I listened to it on audio and that was well done too. They use three different voice actors/actresses and they really brought the story to life.

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JCLLizW Oct 21, 2019

“The U.S. government, contending that many Osage were unable to handle their money, had required the Office of Indian Affairs to determine which members of the tribe it considered capable of managing their trust funds. Over the tribe’s vehement objections, many Osage, including Lizzie and Anna, were deemed ‘incompetent,’ and were forced to have a local white guardian overseeing and authorizing all of their spending, down to the toothpaste they purchased at the corner store.” - p. 58

Dec 04, 2018

“Yet an ugliness often lurked beneath the reformist zeal of Progressivism. Many Progressives—who tended to be middle-class white Protestants—held deep prejudices against immigrants and blacks and were so convinced of their own virtuous authority that they disdained democratic procedures. This part of Progressivism mirrored Hoover’s darkest impulses.” - p. 178


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