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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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This was an important book. I really appreciate the research that went into telling the story of the Osage people. Grann used many primary sources that were precious and clarifying to the horrible murders that took place in the early 20th century. The sub-title seemed a bit odd because the vast majority of the book was focused on the Reign of Terror in the Osage territory. Hoover did use the case to build the reputation of the nascent organization, but there is not much other information about the FBI other than what relates to this story. I am very glad I chose this book and would recommend it as a very readable telling of these awful events. ( )
  beebeereads | Oct 16, 2017 |
In the early 1920's in the small town of Gray Horse, Oklahoma members of Mollie Burkhart's family began being murdered. Before the Reign of Terror as the incident was called would be over Mollie would lose every one of her sisters. Mollie was a member of the Osage Nation who had been forced to move from their native territory of Kansas to Oklahoma by the US government. In a twist of irony the land they were forced to go to was rich with oil making the tribe extremely wealthy. This blessing would also turn out to be a curse because the wealth of the Osage Nation made them a target for some truly evil people who would stop at nothing to take it from them. Adding insult to injury, once the Osage were murdered their families were further ripped off by people charging a ransom to even bury them.

Author Grann exposes a dark piece of history in Oklahoma during which whites conspired to steal the oil rights of the Osage. I had never heard of this story but it doesn't surprise me in the least. The Native American people of North America have a long history of atrocities committed against them by people of European descent. This is just one more ugly chapter brought to light. The story is as fascinating as it is heart breaking. The unmaking of one of the the killers hits close to home for Mollie. At times it was a little difficult to keep everyone straight but by the end of the story I had a clear picture of what happened. I especially like Grann's return to Oklahoma to visit the present day Osage who are still grappling with the fallout of the Reign of Terror to this day. It turns out that Mollie's family were far from the only victims. If you would like more information on this story CBS Sunday morning recently did a nice piece on it. https://www.cbsnews.com/news/killers-of-the-flower-moon-revisiting-the-reign-of-terror-on-the-osage-nation/ ( )
  arielfl | Oct 14, 2017 |
This was insane. How was this story not more widely known?

His storytelling could have been improved on at times, and I wish there had been a list of all the people involved but HOLY CRAP how was this real. ( )
  Abbey_Harlow | Oct 5, 2017 |
Grann's Killers of the Flower Moon joins Devil in the White City, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, and other engrossing and stranger than fiction stories that entertain and disturb, with laser focused research and precision storytelling. ( )
  JaredOrlando | Oct 3, 2017 |
Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann was a difficult book to read because of all the injustice to the Osage people and victims especially. What a horrible stain on our history. I wish it was a compulsory book for high school kids to read and discuss today. Would it make a difference? I don't know but there is so much white-washing in the history books as it is. This was a book for our reading group and I am so glad it was picked or I probably would never have picked it up. Great book! ( )
  MontzaleeW | Sep 29, 2017 |
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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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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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