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

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

by David Grann
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Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI (Signed Book) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
May those who live by the code that they Deserve at the expense of others, retutn to the earth and experience what they put others thru. David Mann did an excellent job of researching and reporting the greed of the white man. As a white woman I am often ashamed of the white race.
Anonymous 12 months ago
This is a fabulously sad book about the Osage. I cannot fathom how anyone could harm anyone over money that was not theirs, especially their own family. It is true, not that I ever doubted, "For the love of money is the root of all evil". These roots ran deep and wide, The author and tale drew me in and held me in the hurt and I had to put it down to breathe. I found myself talking about this plight to anyone who would listen. I will go to see Osage county myself and pay my respects. A true treasure .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was born in Hominy, OK. I grew up with stories about the Osage tribe and their exploitation. This account leaves me breathless. Thank you Mr. Gann.
Anonymous 12 months ago
This is a part of history that should be learned by all. It's a dirty little secret, hidden from the history books. It has now been exposed, this is a must read. A shameful past. Very well written, very well researched. How did any Indians survive this shameful treatment? What other horrors have been dealt to American Indians? I'm sure there's more, unfortunately. Read this book, Never forget!!!
Anonymous 11 months ago
Very interesting. Well researched.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book! Very interesting information and well written
Deb-Krenzer More than 1 year ago
This was a very good book. I had not heard of anything that had happened in this book. I even asked my roommate who grew up in Oklahoma if he had heard of any of this and he had not. I would think that some mention of this would be included in the Oklahoma history books, but I am wrong. This was undoubtedly one of the most shaming book of American history I have ever read. And all of this was done for money. Sickening. I found this book to be very interesting and there were not many pages that I glossed over. Usually in a book like this, there are a few pages that I will do that, not in this one. You can certainly tell that there was a lot of research that was done while writing this book. And the writing also told a story. It wasn't just a bunch of information just thrown in there. I also could not believe the follow-up after the FBI left when there was proof that it just wasn't all Hale's doing. He was bad enough, but all the others? Sad. I also liked reading about the FBI part of it as well. Especially the parts where Hoover is concerned. I will hold off on calling him the names I am thinking. An interesting, very informative, sad, unbelievable, and just downright head shaking read. If your into history or just trivia, this is a book you need to read. Thanks Doubleday Books for approving my request and to Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous 9 months ago
Great research and facts.
SheTreadsSoftly More than 1 year ago
Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann is a very highly recommended account of the Osage murders in Oklahoma during the 1920's. This is sure to be on my top ten nonfiction books of the year. Simply Excellent. "In April, millions of tiny flowers spread over the blackjack hills and vast prairies in the Osage territory of Oklahoma. There are Johnny-jump-ups and spring beauties and little bluets. The Osage writer John Joseph Mathews observed that the galaxy of petals makes it look as if the 'gods had left confetti.' In May, when coyotes howl beneath an unnervingly large moon, taller plants, such as spiderworts and black-eyed Susans, begin to creep over the tinier blooms, stealing their light and water. The necks of the smaller flowers break and their petals flutter away, and before long they are buried underground. This is why the Osage Indians refer to May as the time of the flower-killing moon." After oil was discovered on land where the mineral rights were owned by the Osage Indian Nation in Oklahoma, the Osage became the richest people per capita in the world. Millions of dollars was distributed to tribal members holding "headrights" which could not be bought or sold but only inherited. As history has often shown, with great wealth come unethical, immoral people looking for a way to take advantage. In the case of the Osage it was through several methods including: charging them more than others for any good and services; having them declared incompetent to handle their financial affairs so influential white men were declared administrators of their estates, allowing them to legally swindle the Osage; and marrying an Osage tribal member. If these corrupt practices weren't bad enough, it became clear that the Osage were being murdered, through car accidents, poison, bombings, or outright shooting. Mollie Burkhart saw her family slowed killed off, one by one. One sister was likely poisoned, while another sister was shot. Her mother was poisoned - and Molly herself was in danger. Molly wasn't the only family experiencing murder and mysterious deaths either. To make matters more complicated, anyone looking into the deaths turned up dead too. It became known as the "Reign of Terror" and it was unknown how high up the corruption went to protect the perpetrators. A young J. Edgar Hoover took notice of the death toll of over twenty-four Osage, and saw solving these cases and bringing the perpetrators to justice as a means of increasing the importance of the new FBI. He put former Texas Ranger Tom White in charge. White proceeded to amass an undercover team, including one of the only Native American agents in the bureau, and set out to uncovered the people and corruption that were behind the murders. Grann continues his research beyond the initial investigation, exposing facts which show that the corruption extended even further beyond the limited scope of the FBI investigation. Killers of the Flower Moon is a riveting historical true crime account that reads like a mystery/thriller. The writing is superb and the presentation flawless. Grann does an excellent job describing the setting and people involved. Adding to the narrative are many period photographs of the people involved. This is a well-researched book and covers everything I look for in nonfiction. Grann has documented his sources in a vast section of chapter notes and includes an extensive bibliography. courtesy of Doubleday
Anonymous 5 months ago
This story reminds me of today's large lottery winners. Too much money and there is bound to be problems. The Osage Indian needed to be educated on handling money. A pre-natal would have protected the head rights with no inheritance to anyone without Osage birth certificate. Is money more important than life? People have been killed for it since it was invented.
Anonymous 10 months ago
Mr Gann tells a page turner story. I wish he would have given more information about those murdered, told about their lives. Even a chart with name, age, cause of death, estimated amount of money stolen, and suspect to illustrate the scope.
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It's okay, difficult to follow the many connections.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Highly recommend to anyone. The book is a page turner and I could not stop thinking about it days after. It exposes a dark past of American history and is shocking, sad, and frightening that this occurred. What's even more shocking is that this was the first time I (and probably most readers) learned of this tragedy. The book is even more powerful by telling the stories of those affected and those who tried to bring justice.
Anonymous 5 days ago
Very interesting, something you never read about in school
Anonymous 26 days ago
Here is where elders eat and sleep
Anonymous 3 months ago
Such a great book, it is heartbreaking that this is all true
MontzieW 4 months ago
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!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Entertaining and informative
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