October

1776

By David McCullough

In Killers of the Flower Moon (narrative nonfiction), David Grann revisits a shocking series of crimes in which dozens of people were murdered in cold blood.

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 road in chauffeured automobiles, built mansions, and sent their children to study in Europe.  Then (they) 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 the death toll climbed..., the relatively new FBI took over.  It was one of the organization's first major homicide cases but the bureau badly bungled the investigation.  IN desperation, the young director, J. Edgar Hoover, turned to a former Texas Ranger... to unravel the mystery.  Tom White put together an undercover team, including an American Indian agent in the bureau.  Together with the Osage they began to expose one of the most chilling conspiracies in American history. 

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