Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David GrannIn 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 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.
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Time magazine listed Killers of the Flower Moon as one of its top ten non-fiction books of The book investigates a series of murders of wealthy Osage people that took place in Osage County, Oklahoma in the early s—after big oil deposits were discovered beneath their land. Filming is expected to start in spring Sean Woods of Rolling Stone wrote: "In his masterful new book Grann chronicles a tale of murder, betrayal, heroism and a nation's struggle to leave its frontier culture behind and enter the modern world Filled with almost mythic characters from our past — stoic Texas Rangers, corrupt robber barons, private detectives, and murderous desperadoes like the Al Spencer gang — Grann's story amounts to a secret history of the American frontier.
Posted on Wednesday, June 19th, by Ben Pearson. For most of the s, Paramount has been in the Martin Scorsese business. But Paramount wants to finish out the decade with another Scorsese movie: the studio will finance and distribute Killers of the Flower Moon , a project which will reunite the director with his frequent leading man, Leonardo DiCaprio. In the s, 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.
By Nancy Tartaglione. An adaptation of the nonfiction book by David Grann, Killers of the Flower Moon tells the true crime story of multiple murders of members of the Osage Indian tribe in s Oklahoma that occurred after they found oil on their lands. Sources said that an offer is imminent and that, subject to a final budget being approved, they are clearing schedules for a movie that should be in production by the middle of next year. The next step is to lock the actors in deals and set budget. The book is a murder mystery, set in s Oklahoma, where the Osage Indians were granted revenue rights to oil discovered under their lands that was harvested by oil companies. Suddenly, they began to get murdered as did those trying to investigate.