A truly shocking true crime story, uncovering a chilling American conspiracy of calculated, cold-blooded murder in a very recent “wild west”.
Captivating reading. I don’t read a lot of true crime but I hoovered through this. (See what I did there). Highly recommend.
In the 1920s, the richest people per capita in the world were members of the Osage Nation in Oklahoma. After oil was discovered beneath their land, the Osage rode in chauffeured automobiles, built mansions, and sent their children to study in Europe. Then, one by one, the Osage began to be killed off. The family of an Osage woman, Mollie Burkhart, became a prime target. One of her relatives was shot. Another was poisoned. And it was just the beginning, as more and more Osage were dying under mysterious circumstances, and many of those who dared to investigate the killings were themselves murdered.
As the death toll rose, the newly created FBI took up the case, and the young director, J. Edgar Hoover, turned to a former Texas Ranger named Tom White to try to unravel the mystery. White put together an undercover team, including a Native American agent who infiltrated the region, and together with the Osage began to expose one of the most chilling conspiracies in American history.
This has piqued my anthropology student interest and I plan to read more about the Native American people. Growing up down under we don’t learn a lot of American history.
And, it’s being made into a film apparently starring Leonardo DiCaprio.
My book #9 in 2019
MY RATING: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
AWARDS AND RECOGNITION: Time Magazine’s top 10 non-fiction of 2017; NY Times Notable Book; National Book Award Finalist; Andrew Carnegie Medal Nominee for Nonfiction 2018; Long listed for Man Booker 2018; Edgar Award for Best Fact Crime 2018.
GENRE: True Crime