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Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI (utgåvan 2017)

av David Grann (Författare)

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Presents a true account of the early twentieth-century murders of dozens of wealthy Osage and law-enforcement officials, citing the contributions and missteps of a fledgling FBI that eventually uncovered one of the most chilling conspiracies 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.… (mer)
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Titel:Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI
Författare:David Grann (Författare)
Info:Vintage (2017), 347 pages
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from acknowledgements: David Remnick has been a champion since the day I arrived at the New Yorker, enabling me to pursue my passions and develop as a writer. ( )
  Overgaard | Nov 11, 2020 |
I did not know of the Osage murders before reading this book, and the story is pretty shocking. It will leave you angry, frustrated, and disappointed in your fellow man, and saddened at the capacity for man's inhumanity to man. The fact that only some of the crimes documented in this book were ever actually brought to justice is truly awful, as is the fact that we may never know the full extent of the crimes that occurred.

Knowing that the events in this story were going on in Oklahoma in the 1920s - the same timeframe as the Tulsa Greenwood Massacre - makes you think early Oklahoma must have been a very twisted place.

Four stars for how the author laid out the story, for his matter of fact writing style, and for providing just enough background to center the story without letting it get in the way.

Not as thrilled with the audiobook narration. There were three narrators, one for each of the Parts of the book. Of the three, Will Patton did the best job in my opinion, with a gruff voice that added to the story. I much prefer to have a consistent voice throughout an audiobook. ( )
  stevrbee | Nov 7, 2020 |
This is a great piece of non-fiction that reads like a thriller. The book explores a series of murders that took place in the 1920s when the Osage Indians were the wealthiest humans per capita in the world. The Osage were living on oil reserves which paid out huge dividends. The book uncovers the unfair treatment of the Indians who were assigned guardians to look after their well being since they couldn't be trusted or expected to be able to care of themselves even though they had been around since 700BC. When the murders get investigated, it is quite evident that there is no real system in place to get the job done. Ultimately the FBI is born under the guidance of J. Edgar Hoover who brings structure and legitimacy to the institution.

There are many colorful characters in the book include Hale, a seeming friend of the Osage who in fact is likely the pin king behind the brutal murders. ( )
  KatherineGregg | Nov 3, 2020 |
Fascinating Historical Account

I had no idea about the Osage murders and the FBI’s involvement. This book read like a fascinating Wikipedia article. David Grann covers all aspects of the case(s), who was involved etc. to uncover the culture of killing that happened. ( )
  danjrosenbaum | Oct 29, 2020 |
"History is a merciless judge. It lays bare our tragic blunders and foolish missteps and exposes our most intimate secrets, wielding the power of hindsight like and arrogant detective who seems to know the end of the mystery from the outset." (256) I love learning little aspects of history that never made it into my textbooks and represent a tangent to some other era. This book fills that niche perfectly -- lots of things I never knew and compelling writing on the order of The Devil in the White City, where the author unravels historical moments and data like a mystery. I knew Native Americans were confined to reservations by the end of the 1800s, that they had been mistreated (understatement), that vast peoples and cultures were obliterated. What I didn't know was that the Osage tribe in OK, while now confined to a fraction of their original territory, were also rich and seemingly done a good turn by the US govt. when oil was discovered on the reservation and tribal members were granted headrights to the land and paid a sizable stipend yearly for the oil extracted there. However, there is always a catch -- the landowners had been appointed "guardians" by the Bureau of Indian Affairs, white men with local power who were to help them "manage" their money, because surely they couldn't be trusted to do so on their own. Also, headrights could only be inherited, not bought or sold, so many white people (mostly men) intermarried with the tribe in the hope of inheriting after a spouse's death. In the 1920s, these accepted practices became diabolical when dozens of Osage Indians were murdered -- shot or poisoned -- to get their land. The book centers on one family though many were impacted. Mollie Burkhardt was married to Ernest Burkhardt, a devoted and kind white man. In the space of a couple years, Mollie's sister Anna was shot, her mother Lillian was poisoned, her sister Rita and her (white) husband were killed in an explosion. Several other tribal members were killed or died suspiciously in this time period too, and while local officials did little to solve the murders, local patrons and guardians like Bill Hale, H.G. Burt and other white men tried to help by hiring private investigators and supporting the Osage in their grief and fear. Enter a federal investigative team, directed by J. Edgar Hoover and led by former Texas Ranger Tom White. It is one of those historical moments when the right people converge at the right time. White is able to crack the case and the results are staggering. Several white men are sentenced to life in prison. Hoover gets positive pub and is able to solidify his emerging Federal Bureau of Investigation. But wait! There's more: the author does a great job of neatly tying up this historical period/event, but in 2012, in his research for this book discovers even deeper corruption and additional murders and the killers who went scott free when the big fish were caught in the 20s. Very engaging and thoroughly researched -definitely worth reading. ( )
  CarrieWuj | Oct 24, 2020 |
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De maand van de bloemendoder is een fascinerend en tegelijkertijd gruwelijk boek over de moordpartijen, discriminatie en uitbuiting van Osage indianen aan het begin van de 20e eeuw in Oklahoma. Nadat de Osage, zoals zoveel indianen in de Verenigde Staten, waren verjaagd naar een reservaat in Oklahoma, bleek hier olie gevonden te worden. Hierdoor werden de Osage opeens rijk. Echter dit betekende ook uitbuiting, discriminatie en vele moordpartijen. David Grann is jarenlang bezig geweest met onderzoek naar misstanden die plaatsvonden en De maand van de bloemendoder is het zeer boeiende eindresultaat hiervan...lees verder >
 

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A conspiracy is everything that ordinary life is not. It's the inside game, cold, sure, undistracted, forever closed off to us. We are the flawed ones, the innocents, trying to make some rough sense of the daily jostle. Conspirators have a logic and a daring beyond our reach. All conspiracies are the same taut story of men who find coherence in some criminal act.  ---Don DeLillo, Libra
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Perhaps because he witnessed this—and other executions—or perhaps because he had seen the effect of the ordeal on his father, or perhaps because he feared the system could doom an innocent man, Tom grew to oppose what was then sometimes called “judicial homicide.” And he came to see the law as a struggle to subdue the violent passions not only in others but also in oneself.
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Presents a true account of the early twentieth-century murders of dozens of wealthy Osage and law-enforcement officials, citing the contributions and missteps of a fledgling FBI that eventually uncovered one of the most chilling conspiracies 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.

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