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OLLI Class: Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders & the Birth of the FBI

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

to Tuesday, May 29, 2018

By the 1920s, the Osage Nation had become the richest group per capita in the world because oil had been discovered beneath their Oklahoma land. The massive influx of money attracted cowboys, financiers, reporters, oil wildcatters, and henchmen of all sorts to the Nation’s Pawhuska capital. A widespread conspiracy of racism and murder against the Osage Indian Nation began with the odd and violent deaths of at least 20 people and possibly hundreds more. The Osage murders and the birth of the FBI merged to uncover the truth and end what the national newspapers called the “Reign of Terror.” David Grann’s exquisitely written book documents the complexity of the story, the scope of the killings, the US government’s culpability, and the long-term effects on the victims’ descendants.

**** Photo-Mollie Burkhart (second from right) lost all three of her sisters under suspicious circumstances. Rita Smith (left) died in an explosion, Anna Brown (second from left) was shot in the head and Minnie Smith (right) died of what doctors referred to as a "peculiar wasting illness." Photo credit: The Osage National Museum

Image representing the OLLI Class: Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders & the Birth of the FBI event in Bartlesville, OK
Location: Bartlesville Public Library
Where: 600 Johnstone Ave (meeting room C)
Bartlesville, O 74003
Phone: 800-765-8933
When: 10:00 am. to 12:00 pm.
Tuesday, May 15, 2018
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