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by Collette Jones, Egg Harbor City Branch Manager
KILLERS OF THE
FLOWER MOON: THE OSAGE MURDERS AND THE BIRTH OF THE FBI by David Grann is a riveting true story of greed, serial
murder, and racial injustice that exposes an extremely disturbing episode of
American history. In the early 1920s, the Osage people of Oklahoma were the
richest people per capita in the world, thanks to the oil that was discovered
beneath their land. But their newfound wealth made them a target for white
criminals, who would stop at nothing to steal their land and their money. Over
a period of two decades, dozens of Osage were murdered in a series of brutal
killings that came to be known as the Reign of Terror. The killers were never
brought to justice, and the Osage Nation was left devastated.
In KILLERS OF THE
FLOWER MOON, Grann tells the story of this horrific crime spree and its
aftermath. He draws on extensive research, including interviews with
descendants of the victims, to paint a vivid portrait of this dark chapter in
American history. Grann’s writing is both gripping and informative. He does an
excellent job of weaving together the complex details of the case with the
personal stories of the victims and their families. As a result, KILLERS OF THE FLOWER MOON is not
only a compelling read, but also an important work of historical documentation.
In addition to its historical significance, KILLERS OF THE FLOWER MOON also offers a timely commentary on
the issue of racial injustice. The Osage were victims of a hate crime, and
their story is a reminder that racism still exists in America today. It is a
must-read for anyone interested in American history, crime, or the legacy of
racism in the United States.
The Osage were a wealthy tribe who had oil reserves on their
land, and they were targeted by white men who wanted to steal their money. The
murders were carried out in a variety of ways, including poisoning, shooting,
and arson. Grann also provides a detailed account of the history of the Osage
and the oil industry in Oklahoma. One of the most striking things about the
book is the way Grann humanizes the victims. He tells their stories in detail,
and he shows how their lives were changed forever by the murders. The victims
were not just statistics; they were real people with families and friends who
loved them. Grann also does a good job of showing how the murders affected the
Osage community as a whole. The community was traumatized by the violence, and
it took many years for them to recover. The perpetrators of the murders are
also given a fair hearing in KILLERS
OF THE FLOWER MOON. Grann does not try to make excuses for their crimes,
but he does try to understand why they did what they did. He shows how the
perpetrators were motivated by greed and racism, and he explores the social and
economic factors that contributed to the violence.
Finally, KILLERS OF THE
FLOWER MOON is a story about the FBI. The bureau was still in its early
days when it was called in to investigate the Osage murders, and it was a major
test of its capabilities. The FBI eventually solved the case, and its success
helped to establish the bureau as a major law enforcement agency. The movie release
is due out this year directed by Martin Scorsese.