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

Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher: Random House (Audio)

Date: April 2017

Duration: 9 hours 5 minutes

Summary:

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 Review

From 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 West where oilmen like J. P. Getty made their fortunes and where desperadoes like Al Spencer, the 'Phantom Terror,' roamed many 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 organization 's 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.

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  • Harry L

    Fascinating look at evil and power and shame. The only consolation from the heartbreak is that we live in a different world. For now.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

  • Heather L

    I found the book to be very interesting and eye opening. I am sorry to say that I knew nothing of the Osage murders. The amount of research that must have been done for this book is remarkable.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Margaret G

    Wonderfully written account of the historical events and perspectives. As an Osage tribal member and family who was impacted by these murders, this book was well researched and caught the emotion of the times.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Claudia S

    I liked this book and believe it's a story that needed to be told, and heard. Very interesting, however the author went on a 2 hour long rant about J. Edgar Hoover and how horrible he was, even though the only Osage murders solved were those solved by the FBI.(under the direction of J. Edgar Hoover) If it weren't for this I probably would have given it a four or five. Good book, but the rant bogged it down for quite a while.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful.

  • Allen E.

    As a native born Oklahoman, with relatives from the 1800s living in various locations throughout the stated I found the book fascinating. More so because some of my family lived in that area. Conspiracies to do evil have been with us from the beginning of time.

  • Corinne W.

    Should have been a text book

  • Steven L.

    One can’t help but feel the pain of the Osage families that have gone, and in many ways are still going through this horrendous ordeal. There is no happy ending here.

  • Phyllis S

    Horrific deeds done to the Osage Indians. Sad tale of distortion, murder, and thievery mostly instigated by greedy folks.

  • Catherine L

    Interesting information on Osage murders but felt the book was unorganized and hard to follow. Could use an edit.

  • Lee W

    Very interesting. I had no idea about any of this. Well worth the time.