Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI

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, The Osage Rode In Chauffeured Automobiles, Built Mansions, And Sent Their Children To Study In Europe.Then, One By One, They Began To Be Killed Off One Osage Woman, Mollie Burkhart, Watched As Her Family Was Murdered Her Older Sister Was Shot Her Mother Was Then Slowly Poisoned And It Was Just The Beginning, As Osage 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 Such As Al Spencer, The Phantom Terror, Roamed Virtually Anyone Who Dared To Investigate The Killings Were Themselves Murdered As The Death Toll Surpassed Than Twenty Four Osage, The Newly Created F.B.I Took Up The Case, In What Became One Of The Organization S First Major Homicide Investigations But The Bureau Was Then Notoriously Corrupt And Initially Bungled The Case Eventually The Young Director, J Edgar Hoover, Turned To A Former Texas Ranger Named Tom White To Try To Unravel The Mystery White Put Together An Undercover Team, Including One Of The Only Native American Agents In The Bureau They Infiltrated The Region, Struggling To Adopt The Latest Modern Techniques Of Detection Together With The Osage They Began To Expose One Of The Most Sinister Conspiracies In American History.A True Life Murder Mystery About One Of The Most Monstrous Crimes In American History.Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI

David Grann has written about everything from New York City s antiquated water tunnels to the hunt for the giant squid to the presidential campaign His stories have appeared in several anthologies, including What We Saw The Events of September 11, 2001 The Best American Crime Writing, of both 2004 and 2005 and The Best American Sports Writing, of 2003 and 2006 A 2004 finalist for the Michael

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  • Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI
  • David Grann
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  • 14 August 2019
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10 thoughts on “Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI

  1. says:

    Today our hearts are divided between two worlds We are strong and courageous, learning to walk in these two worlds, hanging on to the threads of our culture and traditions as we live in a predominantly non Indian society Our history, our culture, our heart, and our home will always be stretching our legs across the plains, singing songs in the morning light, and placing our feet down with the ever beating heart of the drum We walk in two worlds The Osage Indians lived in Kansas until the 1870s when the government decided that their land was too valuable for them to own Laura Ingalls Wilder, writer of Little House on the Prairie, was confused as to why the Osage Indians were being forced off their land Her father explained That s why we re here, Laura White people are going to settle all this country, and we get the best land because we get here first and take our pick Indians were looked on as a subspecies of human being who didn t deserve to breath and certainly didn t deserve to own any useful land The Osage Indians were mov...

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    Reading about injustice historical tragedies such greed such ugliness does something to us It s hard to explain the depths of what transforms We feel the anger the incredible unfairness We feel different changed in ways after reading a book like this It s the type of book that makes me want to do something White people cheated Indians out of their land That we knew but there is much in this small book many people are not aware of Author David Grann kept peeling off the layers of the uncovering the magnitude of the numbers of murders that took place within the Osage Tribe His research gives us a true story of history that just makes you sick And why For those who have not read this yet JUST READ IT it becomes very clear It will infuriate you but like the Holocaust some stories need to be told so we don t forget Having recently read Sherman Alexie s memoir You Don t Have To Say I Love You plus this Native American Historical story..If the combination of these two books alone don...

  3. says:

    That we as a nation, less than one hundred years after the Osage Indian killings, have no collective memory of these events seems an intentional erasure The truth of the killings would traumatize our school children and make every one of us search our souls, of that there is no doubt David Grann shows us that the systematic killings of dozens of oil wealthy Osage Indians were not simply the rogue deeds of a psychopath or two in a small town in Oklahoma The tentacles of guilt and the politics of fear extended to townspeople who earned their reputation as successful because they allowed these murders and thefts of property to go on, as well as implicated law enforcement Grann outlines how the case was solved and brought to court by the persistence of FBI officer Tom White and his band, but Grann is not full throated in his praise of Hoover s FBI He leaves us feeling ambiguous, not about White, but about Hoover.The Osage Indians once laid claim to much of the central part of what is now called the United States, a territory that stretched from what is now Missouri and Kansas to Oklahoma and still farther west, all the way to the Rockies The tribe was physically imposing, described by Thomas Jefferson as the finest men we have ever seen, whose warriors typically stood over six feet tall They were given land by Jefferson as part of...

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    I don t know why or even how, after all I have read, I can still be surprised at man s cunning and greed I knew nothing about the Osage Indians, certainly nothing about headrights that provided them with a great deal of money.It is the money and the way the law was provisioned that made them a target for the unscrupulous and there were plenty of those This is the story of the investigation into murders that until Hoover involved himself and his men, we re virtually shoved under the rug and going nowhere Even after so many suspicious deaths, often in the same family So we learn about the murders, a little about Hoover, about a man who was known as a cowboy in the service and he would be the one who broke open this case Well put together, though out, this book was easy to read and very informative Some things were glanced over, maybe not as thorough as some would expect, or like but that would have made for a much longer book Liked that t...

  5. says:

    3 to 3.5 starsInteresting and eye opening A scary true story of greed and racism in the development of the American West This is one of those hard to read and accept truths of American history If you enjoy history and or true crime I think this is worth giving a go.My main criticism is that while the story is interesting, I am not quite sure it is book worthy It seems like this whole story could have been told in 30 to 50 pages or in a Wikipedia article It feels a bit drawn out when expanded to 300 pages Because of the length I was waiting for a lot to happen, but it never really did.Also, the title of this book would indicate that there is a lot of detail about the formation of the FBI I don t really feel this was the case There were a few pages about how local law enforcement was too corrupt so they needed the federal government involved, but...

  6. says:

    Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann is a 2017 Doubleday publication A Conspiracy is everything that ordinary life is not It s the inside game, cold, sure, undistracted, forever closed off to us We are the flawed ones, the innocents, trying to make some rough sense of the daily jostle Conspirators have a logic, and a daring beyond our reach All conspiracies are the same taut story of men who find coherence in a criminal act Don DelilloThis is a stunning historical true crime novel centered around corrupt and shameful politics, racism, and greed that fueled the Osage reign of terror , back in the 1920 s and was responsible for the birth of the first Bureau of Investigation When Mollie Burkhart s sister disappeared, and was later found shot to death, an investigation into her death, as well a bombing and a string of poisonings all aimed at wealthy Osage Indians who benefited from the oil found on their land, began that would eventually expose an incredible conspiracy This conspiracy involved anyone and everyone, it seems, as the Osage were being systematically killed off This included law men and lawmakers, all the way to Washington, as white men schemed to take control of the vast wealth the Osage were entitled to Finally, with increasing pleas for help the FBI got involved in the case, but rife with corruption, they floundered horribly Eventually, Tom White was assigned the case by J Edgar H...

  7. says:

    A good nonfiction book will read as fast as a good piece of fiction, all the while imparting new knowledge to the reader Destiny of the Republic, by Candice Millard, is a prime example Now comes Killers of the Flower Moon Enthralling, it tells not only of the killing spree against the Osage, but the rise of the oil industry, the development of private detectives and the Bureau of Investigation the precursor to the FBI and the political corruption of the day It s a sad look back on the prejudices of the day, along with the numerous scandals But for someone who came of age in the 70s, when Hoover was villain than hero, it s interesting to see how much he did to bring the bureau out of its prior history of corruption and scandal It was also interesting to see how White and his team finally put together a case after struggling to find hard evidence or live witnesses to bring the murderer to trial I highly recommend this book to those who enjoy a...

  8. says:

    A fairly horrifying true crime story of the murder of multiple Osage Indians in the 1920s Basically an extra long New Yorker magazine piece well written, interesting history, a quick read the last section drops the voice of god narration and provides some perspective on the practice of investigation reporting and digging through the historical archives in cases like these The author also discusses some of this...

  9. says:

    We Indians cannot get our rights in these courts and I have no chance at all of saving this land for my children Widow of Joe Bates, Osage Nation, 1921 No horror novella could possibly mirror the horrendous crimes that were visited upon the Osage Indian Nation in the 1920 s The catastrophic bungling of crime evidence, the leaks and sabotage, and the willful insidious behavior by unscrupulous individuals is mind boggling The devil and his cohorts wore well pressed suits and walked among the honest and the God fearing.In the 1870 s, the Osage Indian Nation were driven from their lands in Kansas and forced upon rocky, worthless land in Oklahoma The Osage embraced this land as a means of being left alone That wish never came true Beneath this forsaken land were some of the largest oil deposits in the United States The Osage shared the rich dividends amongst themselves But their new found wealth came at a great price The law forced appointed guardians to manage their growing bank accounts David Grann tells this incredible story through the wide periphery of Mollie Burkhart and her family members Mollie was an ...

  10. says:

    This is the best nonfiction book I ve read this year I ve enjoyed David Grann s earlier work, but this latest one is just fantastic Killers of the Flower Moon tells a story I hadn t heard before The Reign of Terror in the 1920s, when white folk were murdering dozens of Osage Indians in a despicable attempt to steal their money and rights to Oklahoma oil reserves This case occurred during the beginnings of the FBI, and J Edgar Hoover used it as marketing tool for the agency.This book is rich with American history First, there s the irony that the Osage were only in Oklahoma because the U.S government had forced them to resettle there, after the feds decided to take Kansas away from Indian Territory and let the whites settle it instead Then, once the indigenous people were settled in Oklahoma and oil was found, suddenly the whites wanted the land back But the Osage had set it up so mineral rights were to stay within tribal families, which led to some whites intermarrying with the Osage, and then a rash of mysterious deaths I really liked how Grann structured this book into three parts First, w...

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