I joined a book club at the school I work at this past month. It is a men’s book club, lest the books we read look more manly that a mixed book club, at least I hope. The first book chosen was, Killers of the Flower Moon. I didn’t know anything about this book before being chosen as our first book for our new club.
I found it riveting. It tells the tale of the Osage Indians and their wealth. They were wise as they kept their “headrights”, in other words, their mineral rights. They are from Osage County, Oklahoma, Northwest of Tulsa. There were a series of murders committed against mostly Osage Indians. The reason was to gain these headrights. It was fascinating. Over 25 murders were committed in the 1920s.
The murders coincide with the beginning of the modern FBI. J. Edgar Hoover is installed as the new director of the Bureau of Investigation, which would soon be the FBI. Hoover sends Tom White to lead the investigation and appears to micromanage the investigation from afar. Although in the end, the case helped to create the modern version of the FBI.
I found the book to read as a novel, but I must confess it was frustrating the end. While there is some form of closure, it is not complete. I was left with a sense of, “What Happened”? I don’t want to give away all the details, but there are more questions than answers, which you may or may not find satisfying, I did not.
However, the story is fascinating. I was woefully uninformed regarding the Osage Indian murders. I commend this book to anyone who is vaguely interested in oil, Indian history, the FBI or just wants to read an interesting book. If you read it let me know what you think.
Until next time, peace.