I’m always up for learning about history. After reading Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann, I am really shocked this was never talked about in school.
I will do my best to not spoil the book, but is it really spoiling it, if it actually happened in real life? I am talking about the Osage tribe, back in the early 1900s. The FBI got involved when members of the tribe had been murdered.
With as many deaths in the tribe, I feel like we should have learned about this. It was also sad to read about these killings. To see it through the eyes of those who saw their loved ones killed to even the descendants having the memories of what happened in the past.
When going into the book, I thought there would be more of Hoover in this. After all, he is one we all learned about in school. If you didn’t learn about him in school, you learned about him in some other way. The book follows Tom White as he tries to find out who is responsible for all the deaths. Tom White is one I never remember learning about.
I felt so bad for Mollie Burkhart. She lost her loved ones because of these killings. She wasn’t the only one, but we got to see more of her sufferings. And compared to others, this hurt her the most. After the tragic events and to go through all this? Knowing what your husband did? How others in the tribe saw you?
You do learn what became of those who were responsible for the deaths. Why am I not surprised they did get away with it in some ways. They should have been punished a lot worse than they were. I know it was the early 1900s. When you think about it though, there are still many who can get away with it and not get the punishment they deserve.
I could go on about this book, but that could make this post a lot longer. If you want to discuss more of it. Please feel free to comment below. Especially, if you have read it.
I’m definitely interested in reading some more from this author. Please check out this book. It’s definitely a topic that should be in the history books.