Osage Murders Autographing
In this his latest book he continues to prove his reputation as a brilliant storyteller in this gripping true-crime narrative, which revisits a baffling and frightening-and relatively unknown-spree of murders occurring mostly in Oklahoma during the 1920s.
The violent campaign of terror is believed to have begun with the 1921 disappearance of two Osage Indians, Charles Whitehorn and Anna Brown, and the discovery of their corpses soon afterwards. Then, one by one, many other Osage Indians began to be killed off.
The murders appear to have been committed by whites greedy to take over the great wealth of the Osage, whose land was producing valuable oil, and who each had headrights that earned lucrative annual royalties.
One Osage woman, Mollie Burkhart, watched as her family was murdered. Her older sister was shot. Her mother was then slowly poisoned. And it was just the beginning, as more Osage began to die under mysterious circumstances.
The outcry over the killings led to the involvement in 1925 of an “obscure” branch of the Justice Department, J. Edgar Hoover’s Bureau of Investigation, which eventually charged some surprising figures with the murders. Grann demonstrates how the Osage Murders inquiry helped Hoover to make the case for a “national, more professional, scientifically skilled” police force. Grann’s own dogged detective work reveals another layer to the case that Hoover’s men had never solved.
Bookstore owner Jerry Brace believes this book will be a standard for those interested in Oklahoma history for years to come. Signed books of regional interest always make great gifts.
He will also be in Fairfax on Sunday April 30 at 2pm signing his book in the Tall Chief Theater.