Key Insights From:
Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI
By David Grann
- After a century of relocations, the Osage people settled and became exclusively entitled to oil-rich land.
- One Osage Indian’s family members were killed off one by one till she was the remaining survivor.
- Influential townspeople who tried to assist the Osage murder investigations were brutally murdered themselves.
- The FBI was simply the “Bureau of Investigation” until 1935—and it was started without congressional approval.
- There were close friends and family members complicit in the murders of numerous Osage Indians.
- Even with sufficient evidence, the murder trials were grueling and fraught with corruption.
- There were hundreds of Osage murders, many of which were never brought to trial.