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Angel of death

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

Title: Killers of the Flower Moon: the Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI
By: David Grann

Many of the Osage would rush to see a gusher when it erupted, scrambling for the best view, making sure not to cause a spark, their eyes following the oil as it shot fifty, sixty, sometimes a hundred feet in the air. With its great black wings of spray, arcing above the rigging, it rose before them like an angel of death.

A series of killings and purported “deaths due to disease” in Osage County, Oklahoma in the early 20th century prompted journalist David Grann’s research for this sobering book. Over several years, Osage landowners were killed, and white men who tried to help landowner families find justice for the victims also were targeted. Grann’s exposition is clear and chilling: these Osage people were killed in order to funnel their land rights (especially their minerals rights) into the hands of a few white men who were pursuing Oklahoma oil strike riches in the most despicable ways you can imagine. Peppered with obstruction, witness intimidation, and ineptitude on the part of some early FBI investigators, it is an eye-opening piece of history that my grandparents would have read about in newspaper headlines in the 1920's.

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Posted by April on Oct. 30, 2017 at 8:17 a.m.
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