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National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
1700 NE 63rd St, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73111
Read the West Book Club: Killers of the Flower Moon
1:00 – 2:15 p.m.
S.B. “Burk” Burnett Board Room
In the 1920s, the richest people per capita in the world were members of the Osage Indian nation in Oklahoma. After oil was discovered beneath their land, they 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; and it was just the beginning, as more and more members of the tribe began to die under mysterious circumstances. Many of those who dared to investigate the killings were themselves murdered.
As the death toll climbed to more than 24, the FBI took up the case, as one of the organization’s first major homicide investigations; the bureau badly bungled the case. In desperation, the young director, J. Edgar Hoover, turned to a former Texas Ranger, Tom White, to unravel the mystery. White assembled an undercover team, including one of the only American Indian agents in the bureau. Together with the Osage they exposed one of the most chilling conspiracies in American history.