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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cknightkc
Dec 04, 2018

KILLERS OF THE FLOWER MOON examines a dark and little known chapter in American history. Author David Grann relates a sensational tale of greed, corruption, betrayal, and murder in 1920s Oklahoma, but surely he could’ve done this in fewer pages and with better prose.

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Binghamton53
Nov 16, 2018

This is an incredible true story that, thanks to David Grann's untiring research, shed light on a series of murders that are almost beyond comprehension. As commented just below, I too am stunned by man's inhumanity to man. Money is not the root of all evil; greed is. To say that David handled the matter in an unvarnished and straight-forward manner would be an understatement. He did an excellent job and God love his research if for no other reason than to comfort a group of American's - American's mind you - that by and large have been ignored since the founding of this great country. Also agree that any Holly-Duh effort to put this on film would fall way short. Still, I hope Hollywood does make the attempt, for even a rotten effort on their part would bring this story to the country's doorstep and perhaps someone (if even one person) would see it and understand how much of a raw deal American Indians got.

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winston2006
Nov 09, 2018

An important addition to the history of Oklahoma, no matter how savage and evil.

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rmd21
Nov 04, 2018

Very well done, lot of research, interviews, etc obviously went into this book. It's now getting a lot of attention since HollyWEIRD found out about it and are making a movie. I don't have much faith they'll do a good job.

This atrocity should be taught in EVERY school in Oklahoma but I don't have much faith it ever will be, like a lot of things which don't paint our country, state, etc in a good light. So it's up to us to discover some history and/or another version of history different from propaganda pieces we've been taught. This is one of those books every American should read or at least hear a summary of, so that history doesn't get repeated as that old adage says.

There are a LOT of skeletons in the closet, a lot of crimes committed, many of which the FBI elected not to pursue. Find a fall guy, in this case, William Hale, who no doubt was responsible for many of the murders, but he was hardly the only one. Yet J. Edgar Hoover, what a piece of work he was, elected not to have his Bureau investigate any further once Hale was successfully prosecuted as author David Grann points out later in the book. Kudos for Grann for doing further research on this...after speaking to some of the Osage members whose family members were murdered. RIP to those who perished, and sincere condolences to all who lost loved ones!

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chanellejoann
Oct 20, 2018

Killers of the Flower Moon is incredible. I was speechless and heartbroken when I finished. It is hard to imagine the fear that the Osage must have felt during this time period. This is definitely a book that everyone should read.

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Jenkskitten
Oct 06, 2018

I was awed at the realization that this happened during the time my parents were born, thus knowing my grandparents were adults at this time and in Oklahoma. How the government treated the Osage Indians at illiterate and unable to make their own decisions for their lives is almost unbelievable, yet there is documentation to prove it. The murderers were empowered by the authorities, until the FBI agent from Texas arrived and begins to unravel the schemes of those involved. How they got away with what they did is shocking and heartbreaking..they were so trusted by their victims.

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Cbtuff
Oct 06, 2018

Outstanding read. Well researched and written.

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Inga57
Oct 02, 2018

Grann’s latest offering is gripping, heart-breaking, and reverable.
There were chapters I had to read in doses as emotions were spent in empathy for the Osage Indians, the time, and the place.
The greed and conspiracy of one William K. Hale earned him a special place in hell, worse than anything he could have conceived on earth. Whilst Tom White earned his heavenly reward in earnest helping victims of a history well preserved and very well researched.
I highly recommend ‘Killers of the Flower Moon,’ a book that haunted me in the night, waking in cold sweats from the greed of man and senseless murders of an innocent people.

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green_horse_449
Aug 28, 2018

Read it from cover to cover. Liked how the author tells a gruesome story - with lots of details -in a tasteful way. He eases the reader into the early years of our modern government's evolution.

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abcedmillered
Aug 14, 2018

Riveting, a page turner. Definitely for American history buffs and true crime lovers. Plenty of pictures, chapters are nice and short. You get a sense of the era, place, and people. The author does a good job of building the mystery without over-sensationalizing the topic.

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sharon711
Aug 01, 2018

This is the story of one family, headed by Mollie Burkhart. But it is also the story of a people left behind... a people betrayed. The story belongs to one good man, Tom White, who kept to his principles based on kindness and forgiveness while never giving up on the truth. The story of the birth of the FBI is diminished by the lies and greed it spread because of Hoover's bias and his faithfulness to the forces of capitalism, factors that still rule in the United States today and serve it badly. Although this is a story with roots that began to grow over a hundred years ago, the same forces can be seen operating today. How unfortunate. Although the book is fascinating, I found it difficult to read much of it at any one time. It was too frustrating to see how the same self-serving attitudes and actions were being repeated never-endingly. Will we ever learn?

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peacebenow
Jun 27, 2018

Fantastic combined crime/history book. I could not put this book down. How important is it to learn and remember our history or we will keep repeating the same mistakes even though we think our progress in the last 100yrs has been sufficient to improve the lives of the non white male. (Recently some Western Indians unsuccessfully prevented an oil pipeline from being placed through their property/water reservoir!) My heart goes out to Molly Burkhart, family and all the other Indians for the poor treatment rendered by the US Government/Oklahoma. Mr Hales and cohorts are the ones who should have been considered lower than "dogs" and shunned from society. Opened my eyes to a period of time and place not familiar to me. Fortunately Detective White was a person who had sufficient support from the US Gov and pursued this work/life in an unbiased manner. Interesting to learn about J Edgar Hoover's early years. Many people to keep track of but Author does a good job in refreshing each scene as needed.

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mitchelclay
Jun 19, 2018

As the choice for "One Read" by Daniel Boone Regional Library in Columbia, MO, I knew that I had to get my hands on this book. It had actually been on my list since it came out. A good portion of my heritage is Sioux, so when I heard of the "reign of terror" in the Osage territory, my interest was peaked. What I found was a heartbreaking story of murder, theft, and loss. If you have any interest in true crime or Native American history, you owe it to yourself to read this book.

DBRL_KrisA Jun 09, 2018

This is the One Read selection here in Columbia MO for 2018. There will be a lot of discussion of the book in the next few months, a lot of reviews by others, so I'll just say a few things.

The first two-thirds of the book, covering the events themselves and the investigation of the killings, are pretty straightforward. The final section, covering events after people were found guilty of *some* of the murders, is a bit harder to follow. It jumps from case to case, from person to person, filling in some holes and uncovering other things that weren't discovered by the investigators. Since the book really is less about Mollie Burkhardt and the victims themselves, and more about the investigation of the murders, this section dwells more on the "where are they now" of Agent White and Hoover than on Mollie's life after the trials. The very last part of the book is interesting in that it reveals that the murders (to say nothing of the fleecing of the Osage) were probably a lot more widespread than everyone thought at the time.

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ThisAperture
May 11, 2018

This is an important chapter in American history that hasn't received nearly enough attention. For those interested in better understanding this country's history of white supremacy, this is a gripping -- and frustrating -- tale of injustice and exploitation perpetrated against the Osage Indians.

This is a good companion read to The Color of Money: Black Banks and the Racial Wealth Gap, We Were Eight Years in Power and So You Want to Talk About Race.

JCLKarynH May 09, 2018

Killers of the Flower Moon is a true crime story that is more disturbing and fascinating than any fictional whodunit. David Grann's meticulous research is impressive and anything but dry as he details the who, what, when, where, and why and the layers of corruption, conspiracy, and coverups that became known as The Reign of Terror (the systematic exploitation and murders of several members of the Osage tribe for their million dollar oil headrights). I recommend this book as a great read to start difficult conversations about dehumanization, colonization, crime, and punishment.

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maipenrai
May 05, 2018

Another example of the murder of Native Americans for greed. J. Edgar Hoover was already up to his tricks in the 1920's. Excellent book about a largely unknown mass murder in Oklahoma. Highly recommend!! Kristi & Abby Tabby

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elizabeth88_1
Apr 19, 2018

This is one of the best non-fiction books I've read for some time! It saddens me that even in the 20th century, Native Americans were not only still being screwed over, but even murdered by greedy white people who wanted their land! Poor Mollie Burkhart's story got to me , because her own husband was partially responsible for the murder of several members of her family! And he did it all on the orders of a man who claimed to be a Christian!

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orange_lobster_23
Apr 11, 2018

Journalist David Grann recounts the chilling, forgotten, and buried "Reign of Terror" of the
wealthy Osage nation during the early 1920's and 30's while unearthing additional evidence missing in the original investigation of the nascent F.B.I. The pervasive greed, genocide and cover-up resulted in hundreds of deaths hidden by a conspiracy involving all levels of political hierarchy. A terrifying crime story and shameful part of American history.

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gopchic
Mar 08, 2018

An intriguing historical recounting of America's FBI and the belittling ways we, as a country, treated American Indians. The under-arching themes could be applied to society today, with alcoholism, drug addiction, philandering, abuse, manipulation, and greed being the vices that still ruin and destroy families, friends, tribes, and society at-large. A great read that taught me history I never knew while invoking a variety of emotions and questions within me.

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OMalley01
Feb 25, 2018

Enjoyed this book as I have few others. The author's use of primary sources sets an amazing level of credibility to the account of the Osage murders.

When coupled with a chronicle of the FBI's development, the telling of the Osage murders opens the door to a view of US history that is rarely, if ever, explored in our formal education system.

This should be -- or parts of it, at least -- required reading in every American History course in secondary school and college.

Well done!

DBRL_DanaS Feb 05, 2018

A detailed, well-written account of the suspicious murders of many wealthy young Osage Indians during the early 20th century and the investigation that followed. A truly disturbing account of a lesser- known event that speaks to the extent of human greed and exploitation of minority groups in the US. Despite the subject matter, Grann's writing and storycrafting makes this a page turner. Highly recommended for readers interested in true crime, US history, and the frontier west.

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Uchinaguchi
Jan 29, 2018

A chilling investigation into the seemingly unconnected deaths of members of the Osage tribe in the 1920s. David Grann focuses his story from 3 primary perspectives, Mollie Burkhart, Tom White, and Grann himself. These three perspectives provide the fear that Mollie Burkhart and members of the Osage tribe felt as their families were being killed, the struggle and integrity that Tom White put into his investigation, and the time Grann put into uncovering the details of this long forgotten case and his due diligence to dig a little further. Grann's writing allows readers to experience the reign of terror, and face the dark truth that plagued the Osage tribe.

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cpdemers
Jan 28, 2018

Well-written account of the Reign of Terror - the years-long effort to assassinate particular Indian members to gain access to their wealth due to mineral rights. A compelling read which poses the unsettling question: will we ever know how dark and broad this conspiracy was?

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ranvapa
Jan 26, 2018

Story about dozens to hundreds of murders that happened to the Osage in the beginning of the 20th century, in an attempt to steal mineral headrights. The murders continued undersolved and underprosecuted until a team from the newly formed FBI under Hoover arrived in the mid-late 20s.

Grann does a fantastic job of digging deeply into the past, not just to tell the story of the most famous of victims, but bringing to light the many more unconfirmed murders for Osage headrights.


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