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In collaboration with the White Hart, Oblong Books & Music and the Scoville Memorial Library.

 

In the 1920s, the richest people per capita in the world were members of the Osage Indian nation in Oklahoma. After oil was discovered beneath their land, they rode in chauffeured automobiles, built mansions, and sent their children to study in Europe. Then, one by one, the Osage began to be killed off. The family of an Osage woman, Mollie Burkhart, became a prime target. Her relatives were shot and poisoned. And it was just the beginning, as more and more members of the tribe began to die under mysterious circumstances.

 

Many of those who dared to investigate the killings were themselves murdered. As the death toll climbed, the FBI took up the case. It was one of the organization’s first major homicide investigations and the bureau badly bungled the case.  The young director, J. Edgar Hoover, turned to a former Texas Ranger named Tom White. White put together an undercover team, and the agents infiltrated the region, struggling to adopt the latest techniques of detection.  Together with the Osage they began to expose one of the most chilling conspiracies in American history.

 

David Grann  is a New York Times bestselling author and an award-winning staff writer at “The New Yorker” magazine. His first book, “The Lost City of Z” became a #1 New York Times bestseller and is now new motion picture.  He is also the author of “The Devil and Sherlock Holmes”.
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