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

by David Grann

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If this had been a fiction book, I would have written it off as unbelievable and too over-the-top. But it’s not fiction, and that’s the horror of it. I kept telling my husband over and over that I couldn’t believe such pervasive, institutional, careless evil existed. But it’s just another reminder that human nature doesn’t change, and while progress can be made, evil will always exist. In this period of history, it was simply breathtaking in it’s horror.

Highly recommend—this is an important read and a period of American history that should not be forgotten. ( )
  melissa_faith | Mar 16, 2019 |
Twistier, more cruel, stranger than fiction. Greed knows no bounds. The Osage murders were a complex and cold-bloodely planned crime, with an even more elaborate cover-up. Corrruption, intimidation, a racist system of guardianship, an utter lack of respect for people’s lives reached even further than the crimes that were documented and investigated at the time. It was a system of murder and exploitation. Grann weaves a thrilling story with a novelist’s pen - it is more chilling than a thriller. ( )
  Gezemice | Mar 8, 2019 |
Absolutely riveting account of the systematic murder of scores of Osage tribal members in Oklahoma. Why? Money, of course. Someone inadvertently screwed up by settling the Osage nation on land later found to be rich with oil. The ensuing wealth led to racism, envy, beteayals, lies, cover-ups, murder, poisonings, assignment of white guardians to "help" manage wealthy Osage's funds, and so much more. It is a shameful piece of American history, which has not received enough attention! Add in J.Edgar Hoover and a few good agents of the "new" FBI, and this book is quietly significant on many levels. Read it! ( )
  hemlokgang | Feb 19, 2019 |
I'm equally heartbroken and enraged. This is one of the best books I've read in a really long time, and Grann did the Osage justice. Justice that is coming a century too late. ( )
  tntbeckyford | Feb 16, 2019 |
Fascinating and well researched account of a shameful time in American history. David Grann takes on a monumental task of pursuing long dead leads on cases that local government was bribed to turn a blind eye towards. This work brings some justice to the Osage people and reminds us of how easily authority is corrupted by money. ( )
  ProfH | Feb 15, 2019 |
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De maand van de bloemendoder is een fascinerend en tegelijkertijd gruwelijk boek over de moordpartijen, discriminatie en uitbuiting van Osage indianen aan het begin van de 20e eeuw in Oklahoma. Nadat de Osage, zoals zoveel indianen in de Verenigde Staten, waren verjaagd naar een reservaat in Oklahoma, bleek hier olie gevonden te worden. Hierdoor werden de Osage opeens rijk. Echter dit betekende ook uitbuiting, discriminatie en vele moordpartijen. David Grann is jarenlang bezig geweest met onderzoek naar misstanden die plaatsvonden en De maand van de bloemendoder is het zeer boeiende eindresultaat hiervan...lees verder >
 

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There had been no evil to mar that propitious night, because she had listened; there had been no voice of evil; no screech owl had quaveringly disturbed the stillness. She knew this because she had listened all night.
--John Joseph Mathews, Sundown
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 some criminal act.  ---Don DeLillo, Libra
We have a few mouth-to-mouth tales; we exhume from old trunks and boxes and drawers letters without salutation or signature, in which men and women who once lived and breathed are now merely initials or nicknames out of some now incomprehensible affection which sound to us like Sanskrit or Chocktaw; we see dimly people, the people in whose living blood and seed we ourselves lay dormant and waiting, in this shadowy attenuation of time possessing now heroic proportions performing their acts of simple passion and simple violence, impervious to time and inexplicable. ---William Faulker, Absalom, Absalom!
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For my mom and dad
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In April, millions of tiny flowers spread over the blackjack hills and vast prairies in the Osage territory of Oklahoma.
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Perhaps because he witnessed this—and other executions—or perhaps because he had seen the effect of the ordeal on his father, or perhaps because he feared the system could doom an innocent man, Tom grew to oppose what was then sometimes called “judicial homicide.” And he came to see the law as a struggle to subdue the violent passions not only in others but also in oneself.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0385534248, Hardcover)

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, 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 more 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 more 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 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 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. 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 Native Americans that allowed the murderers to operate with impunity for so long. Killers of the Flower Moon is utterly riveting, but also emotionally devastating.

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"Grann revisits a ... series of crimes in which dozens of people were murdered in cold blood. Based on years of research and ... new evidence, the book [outlines the steps that reveal] a series of sinister secrets and reversals. But more than that, it is [an] ... indictment of the callousness and prejudice toward American Indians that allowed the murderers to operate with impunity for so long"--Amazon.com.… (more)

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