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. --Publisher
Publisher: New York : Random House Large Print, 2017
Edition: First large print edition
ISBN: 9781524755935
1524755931
Branch Call Number: 364.152 Gr
Description: 492 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm

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In the 1920s the Osage negotiated to maintain the mineral rights for their corner of Oklahoma. Soon oil rigs were everywhere, making the Osage very rich. And that’s when they started dying. Selection for June 7, 2018.

Once oil was found on the Osage Nation's territory in the late 19th century, the Osage became "the wealthiest people per capita in the world," a distinction that attracted cunning and greed along with the riches. Grann shares the grisly details of the cold-blooded, systematic killing of... Read More »

In the 1920s, the richest people per capita in the world were members of the Osage Indian nation who discovered oil underneath their land in Oklahoma. But, when the Osage began to get killed off one by one in cold blood, the FBI took up the case, marking it as one of their first major homicide in... Read More »

This book shares the true story of the Osage Native Americans, whose massive murders over oil rights were investigated by the newly established FBI.

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CRRL_AdrianaP Jun 07, 2017

Once oil was found on the Osage Indian Nation's territory in the late 19th century, the Osage became "the wealthiest people per capita in the world," a distinction that attracted cunning and greed along with the riches. Grann shares the grisly details of the cold-blooded, systematic kil... Read More »


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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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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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