Killers of the Flower Moon: Oil, Money, Murder and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann
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Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI Audiobook by David Grann is a best-selling non-fiction book depicting the atrocities on the Osage community. The Osage Indian nation were the richest people in the 1920s based on per capita income, based in Oklahoma.
They amassed considerable wealth after oil was discovered beneath their land. They rode in chauffeured automobiles, lived in mansions and sent their children to Europe for education. The Osage Indians were first befriended or married and then over time they were killed under mysterious conditions. There is no exact count of the number of people murdered but the number is believed to be very high.
The author focuses on the killing of one particular Osage family of Anna Brown. The book follows the cause of her death and many of her relatives and family members. The other families also faced similar horrors as they were systemically killed. He observed that the perpetrators would get an Indian intoxicated and get a doctor to examine them and certify that they were intoxicated. Later they would inject Morphine hypodermic in their bodies.
The doctors would certify the cause of death resulting from alcoholic poison. The bodies would then be quietly buried. The FBI, or the Bureau of Investigation as it was then called, investigated the murders. They found that every single local or state official was involved and received benefits to keep quiet about them.
Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI Audiobook by David Grann provides a chilling account of one of the terrible sins in the American land. The systematic oppression and killing of the natives by the whites tell a gloomy and dark story. The author has gone to great lengths and done genuine research for writing the book.
The narrative is simple and concise and the editing is good. This makes the book even more interesting to read. The book is a compelling read but it is also emotionally devastating and heart-wrenching to read. This is a must-read book as it takes the readers on a journey through one of the US’s original sin which the readers cannot afford to miss.