History of the “Killers of the Flower Moon”
It was the turn of the century. Oklahoma was about to become a state. The Osage Nation had taken up residence on the Osage Reservation and white settlers had “rushed” in to claim lands on what was once Indian Territory. Two cultures were about to meet a third when oil was discovered…
The Osage Nation had bargained with the government differently than other Indian tribes of the day. The had negotiated to keep the mineral rights on all the Osage Reservation – which is present day Osage County, Oklahoma. When oil was discovered, the Osages became the wealthiest people, pre capita, in the United States. Their wealth was so extreme that Rolls Royce opened up a dealership in Pawhuska, Oklahoma – the first Rolls Royce dealership west of the Mississippi!
With this new-found fortune for the tribe, greed and corruption followed. Osage County became a place of murder, mystery, and hidden secrets from unsuspected sources. This is the true story told in David Grann’s “Killers of the Flower Moon.” Martin Scorsese has purchased the movie rights and a movie is in the works, but in the meantime pick up a copy of Grann’s Best-Seller and then come see where it all took place – in Osage County, Oklahoma!
The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI is a non-fiction book by David Grann.
Martin Scorcese in Osage County scouting filming locations.