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Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI

by David Grann, reviewed by Glenn Altschuler,
Tulsa World, April 23, 2017

In 1921, a boy hunting squirrels near Fairfax, Oklahoma, found the body of Anna Brown. She had been shot in the back of the head. At about the same time, an oil worker stumbled on the corpse of Charles Whitehorn. That summer, Lizzie Burkhart, Anna’s mother, stopped breathing. Her relatives suspected that she had been poisoned. And then dozens more Osage Indians — who had become the richest people per capita in the world after oil was discovered beneath their land — began to die under suspicious circumstances.


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