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

By | October 16, 2019
Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI Author David Grann
ISBN-10 352
Year 2017-04-18
Pages Disturbing and riveting Grann has proved himself a master of spinning delicious many layered mysteries that also happen to be true It will sear your soul Dave Eggers New York Times Book ReviewFrom 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 they rode in chauffeured automobiles built mansions and sent their children to study in Europe 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 And it was just the beginning as more and more members of the tribe began to die under mysterious circumstances In this last remnant of the Wild Westwhere oilmen like J P Getty made their fortunes and where desperadoes like Al Spencer the Phantom Terror roamedmany of those who dared to investigate the killings were themselves murdered As the death toll climbed to more than twenty four the FBI took up the case It was one of the organizations first major homicide investigations and the bureau badly bungled the case In desperation the young director J Edgar Hoover turned to a former Texas Ranger named Tom White to unravel the mystery White put together an undercover team including one of the only American Indian agents in the bureau The agents infiltrated the region struggling to adopt the latest 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 Based on years of research and startling new evidence 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 American Indians that allowed the murderers to operate with impunity for so long Killers of the Flower Moon is utterly compelling but also emotionally devastating
Language English
Publisher Doubleday
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