Killers of the Flower Moon

Killers of the Flower Moon

The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI

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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.
1920s Oklahoma. The richest people per capita in the world were members of the Osage Indian nation in Oklahoma after oil was discovered beneath their land. 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. Many of those who dared to investigate the killings were themselves murdered. It became the FBI's first major homicide investigation... and the bureau badly bungled the case. J. Edgar Hoover turned to a former Texas Ranger named Tom White, who put together an undercover team which began to expose one of the most chilling conspiracies in American history.
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, [2017]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780385534246
0385534248
Branch Call Number: 976.6004975254 GRANN
Characteristics: x, 338 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm

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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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22METZ
Nov 27, 2017

Interesting part of history that is not well known. I learned a lot about this terrible part of American history.

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seabun
Nov 10, 2017

Really enjoyed this book. Had never heard of the Osage Terror, even though I grew up in nearby Tulsa. I honestly couldn't put this book down. The history is captivating, transporting readers to the wild west, and the beginning of the oil boom years in Oklahoma. At its heart this book is also a thrilling murder mystery, with the foundations of the FBI being explored as well. What occurred in Osage County, OK at the turn of the century is hard to believe, if it weren't for the copious amounts of research, including many photos, done by the author. This was certainly a captivating exploration on a much-forgotten era, place and event in American history. I would recommend this book to anyone. It is history that needs to be taught in high school history classrooms, and the pain of the victims and the tenacity and focus on justice of Tom White and his team need to be remembered. If you are looking for a fast-paced, easy-to-read murder mystery with plenty of interesting American history to boot, I strongly recommend this book for you.

PimaLib_NormS Nov 08, 2017

“Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI” by David Grann works as a murder mystery, and it works as an informative, interesting bit of historical writing, as well. The events described in this book took place in the early 1900’s, at a time when the Indian wars were over, and the remaining tribes had been herded on to reservations, which were generally viewed by the government as land having little or no value. When the Osage Indians agreed to live on the land chosen for them, they shrewdly negotiated to keep the rights to any minerals, such as oil, gas, and coal, located under their land. So, when oil was discovered beneath the Osage reservation, the tribe members became very rich, sort of. Many of the Osage could not do as they pleased with their money because of a federally imposed system of guardianship. The Department of the Interior would declare a rich Osage Indian as “incompetent” and appoint a white person as the “guardian” of the Osage and his or her money, because some people in the area considered the Osage incapable of managing their wealth, and undeserving of such riches in the first place. Which, of course, led to corruption, embezzlement, and thievery. And murder. All caused by greed and venality, and exacerbated by racism. In hindsight it is easy to see how this was outrageous, ridiculous, stupid and unfair. And, if not for Tom White, a dedicated lawman working for what became the FBI, this evil story would have remained hidden in the shadows of neglect.

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darladoodles
Nov 02, 2017

This lost piece of American history is compelling on its own. David Grann definitely does it justice in spinning this tale for us. The Osage tribe was cornered in a small piece of Oklahoma by the results of Manifest Destiny. Their small piece of land was rich in oil and the tribe found their fortunes turning dramatically early in the 20th century. Before 1920, Osage members were dying and their headrights were changing hands -- and not always to benefit their families. The investigations seem to go nowhere until J.Edgar Hoover appoints Tom White to look into the mysterious string of dead Indians. You have to read the book to get the whole story -- it is a pageturner. There are also photos spread throughout to draw us into the narrative. Highly recommended.

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m0k1m3
Oct 15, 2017

This book! Just gripped me and ripped me. Whew. Great story telling/writing. Kept having to remind myself it was not fiction. Sure shows the "underbelly" of white-folk --- but the good shines through like jewels in a stream.

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EmilyEm
Oct 08, 2017

The Burkhart sisters were among the Osage families with headrights to fabulous wealth in oil-rich Osage County, OK, in the 1920s. They were also targets of unscrupulous behavior by their non-Indian neighbors and local, state and federal government entities. The deaths were a dark, dark conspiracy.

Page-turning good, even if the J. Edgar Hoover plot line sometimes seems to take the book off track. I felt such empathy for Mollie Burkhardt and admiration for dogged Tom White of the FBI who built the case to bring the killers to justice.

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brangwinn
Sep 19, 2017

Although at times, the book felt drawn out, it remained true to the struggle of the fledgling FBI to solve the mystery of deaths on the Osage nation in Oklahoma. After reading the details of these multiple murders, I’m surprised I’ve never heard of the story before. Just the historical information about the mistreatment of the Osage made the book worth reading.

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stevie22
Aug 15, 2017

What a well written book. Not one for mysteries and legal writings, I couldn't put this book down. To put it simply I was shocked to learn and read about this "Reign of Terror". The cold calculating implementation of systematic killings of spouses, relatives and generations of Osage. How jealous politicians and others went to such extremes to steal tribal riches. Yet another sadistic and disturbing statement about the treatment and lack of honoring commitments to tribal nations. A must read.

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stayfocus212
Aug 12, 2017

What an extraordinary read! The sad "truth" is that not much has changed during that past time of events. The murderous acts are still present...more clever and unpredictable (i.e. strategic brain washing, crippling the independecy of the the people in the Western part of the globe, and doing it all for the love and gain of wealth and power which leads to complete control and domination. How many of you celebrate "Thanksgiving Day" and really accept that is represents the sole definition of evil (to lie, steal, cheat, and destroy). The foundation of gaining the so called "American Dream" is to trespass on others property land without permission, be falsely kind in a seductive manner, then murder, rape, and kill for whatever you desire to have in your possession, abuse the remaining that didn't die fighting for their land, families, and lifestyle until their spirit is broken, give them a choice to either choose death or choose your ways,which also means don't allow them to speak their native language, practice their native religion, ect. Inject them with measels and other diseases, give them booze, ect.

Now ask yourself is what you've just read opinionated or factual? Do you want to accept it or not? Wheter you all accept or not, it's still going on and will reamin to until ALL is judged.

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