About Killers of the Flower Moon book and new movie
Killers of the Flower Moon is a 2017 nonfiction book by American journalist David Grann. It investigates a series of murders of wealthy Osage people that took place in Osage County, Oklahoma in the early 1920s—after big oil deposits were discovered beneath their land.
There is a new movie based on this book starring Leonardo DiCaprio watch the trailer below at the bottom of the page.
The Osage were one of the richest tribes in the United States, thanks to the oil that was found on their land. However, their newfound wealth made them a target for white settlers who were eager to get their hands on it.
In the early 1920s, a series of mysterious murders began to take place among the Osage. The victims were all wealthy Osage who had inherited oil leases. The murders were so brazen that they were dubbed the “Osage Reign of Terror.”
The FBI was called in to investigate the murders, and they eventually uncovered a conspiracy to murder the Osage for their oil money. The conspiracy involved white settlers, corrupt law enforcement officials, and even members of the Osage tribe itself.
The FBI’s investigation led to the arrest and conviction of several people involved in the conspiracy. However, the murders of the Osage had a lasting impact on the tribe. The Reign of Terror left the Osage traumatized and distrustful of white settlers. It also led to a decline in the tribe’s population, as many Osage were forced to sell their land and move away.
Killers of the Flower Moon is a powerful and disturbing account of a dark chapter in American history. It is a story of greed, corruption, and violence, but it is also a story of resilience and hope. The Osage people survived the Reign of Terror, and they continue to thrive today.
The book has been praised by critics for its meticulous research and its gripping narrative. It has also been a commercial success, selling over 1 million copies. Killers of the Moon was adapted into a film in 2023, directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Leonardo DiCaprio.
Additional details about the book:
- Title: Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI
- Author: David Grann
- Genre: Nonfiction
- Publisher: Doubleday
- Publication date: April 24, 2017
- Pages: 336
- ISBN: 9780385534246