Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI
Why this book?
This book is brilliantly researched by its author. The oil rich land of the Osage Indian nation became a magnet for government corruption, greed, evil, and serial murders. The Osage murder investigations of the 1920s in Oklahoma became a showcase for the new, modern Bureau of Investigation and its twenty-nine-year-old Director, J. Edgar Hoover. I worked directly for Hoover during his final years and was not aware of the Osage murders until reading Grann’s book. The popular FBI tour in Washington offered displays of the “Gangster Era”, the scourge of Communism, and successful investigations of major crimes—but nothing of the sensational Osage murders. Killers of the Flower Moon answers the reasons why.