Killers of the Flower Moon

Killers of the Flower Moon

The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI

Book - 2017
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In the 1920s, the richest people per capita in the world were members of the Osage Indian nation in Oklahoma. Then, one by one, the Osage began to be killed off. 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, each step in the investigation reveals a series of sinister secrets and reversals. Also, it is a searing indictment of the callousness and prejudice toward American Indians that allowed the murderers to operate with impunity for so long.
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, ©2017.
ISBN: 9780385534246
Characteristics: x, 338 pages :,illustrations, map ;,25 cm.


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"David Grann's newest book is so compelling and surreal it's difficult to remember you are reading about true events. Grann is an excellent writer who can give you the details without boring or overloading you. Definitely a must read for any true crime buff!"
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Feb 08, 2020

Read February 2020; Scorsese next film based on this book; recommended by Marc

Consider reading White Darkness: on For Later shelf

Feb 06, 2020

Such an interesting story about the very beginnings of the FBI and the story of the Osage Murders in Oklahoma that I'd never known about!

Jan 17, 2020

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Jan 12, 2020

Everyone should read this book. Can’t say enough about it.

Dec 30, 2019

Like most have said, great book and very shameful event in our history as a nation. The book does read like a novel despite the historical content, a testament to the writer's ability to bring characters to life. Warning though: the descriptions of murders don't hide the awful hideous evil in some men's hearts.

indyPL_LizS Dec 30, 2019

Strange story about the plight of the Osage Nation Indian Tribe, in the early 1900’s. They had already been driven out of their original territorial lands and placed on a desolate reservation in Oklahoma.
After reading this book, what amazes me, in this dramatic saga, is the way the US. Government dealt with the Osage tribe after oil deposits were found on their land. There were restrictions placed on Osage Native American Indians since it was felt that these people weren’t able to think for themselves handling their own money. Also, greed, murders from local law enforcements, deceitful people continue to swindled Osage from their wealth. Finally, the Osage looked to the Federal Bureau of Investigation under J. Edgar Hoover for help.

Made me feel very uncomfortable how theses Native Americans were treated over all.

Dec 29, 2019


Dec 27, 2019

Man is a crook from the very beginning

Dec 23, 2019

There is no race in this country that has been more wronged than the Native American. This book is just a teeny weeny snapshot in time showing how deplorable people treat (and have treated) others out of greed and ignorance and are able to get away with it.

Such a good story- highly recommend.

Dec 01, 2019

lots of photos to illustrate the text …. and the photos are placed with their relevant text, and not bunched together near the back like you find in many books...

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JCLLizW Oct 21, 2019

“The U.S. government, contending that many Osage were unable to handle their money, had required the Office of Indian Affairs to determine which members of the tribe it considered capable of managing their trust funds. Over the tribe’s vehement objections, many Osage, including Lizzie and Anna, were deemed ‘incompetent,’ and were forced to have a local white guardian overseeing and authorizing all of their spending, down to the toothpaste they purchased at the corner store.” - p. 58

Dec 04, 2018

“Yet an ugliness often lurked beneath the reformist zeal of Progressivism. Many Progressives—who tended to be middle-class white Protestants—held deep prejudices against immigrants and blacks and were so convinced of their own virtuous authority that they disdained democratic procedures. This part of Progressivism mirrored Hoover’s darkest impulses.” - p. 178

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