Sunday, July 16, 2017

Book Review: Killers of the Flower Moon; the Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI

The Osage Indian tribe was pushed around Midwestern territories until they finally settled on the rocky barren terrain of Oklahoma, thinking no one would bother them there. But in the 1920s, when oil was discovered on their land, the Indians became wealthy, and the unscrupulous soon showed great interest in the tribe’s newfound riches. One by one, Osage Indians were murdered, many of them relatives or men and women with ties to one woman, Mollie Burkhart. Shootings, poisonings, accidents--year after year, the killings went on, and investigations turned up nothing.
Then J. Edgar Hoover became head of a new government entity that became known as the F. B. I. He assigned Tom White, a former Texas Ranger, to head up an investigation into the plots against the Osage. And White delivered incriminating evidence. But in researching the story of the Osage, author David Grann found some loose ends.

Killers of the Flower Moon is a chilling account of the depravity of man. The crimes robbed families of fathers, mothers, sisters and brothers. If we care about the injustices done in the history of America, this is a book to read. It’s hard to imagine the painstaking research undertaken by Gramm to write the book; sixty pages of back notes and an extensive bibliography document his sources. Pictures show the faces of many of the book’s subjects. Available in large print, the book was published by Random House, 2017.

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