“Can you find the wolves in this picture?” The short answer to that question is: yes; they are everywhere. Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann is a haunting true story that unravels a dark period in American history, exposing the calculated murders of wealthy Osage Native Americans during the 1920s in Oklahoma. Driven by a quest for oil wealth, the Osage people fell victim to a web of corruption and greed, with individuals ruthlessly poisoned, shot, or bombed. Through meticulous research and compelling storytelling, Grann uncovers a shocking conspiracy that ultimately led to the formation of the FBI. This gripping narrative sheds light on a deeply unsettling tale of prejudice, exploitation, and the unwavering resilience of the Osage Nation.

Categories: Non-fiction, True Crime


Killers of the flower moon trailer.

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“It is an interesting idea how a seemingly great solution – losing all your bad and traumatic memories – isn’t a solution to the problems at all. As this documentary implies, emotions cannot be controlled, and by hiding certain emotions or painful experiences they aren’t cleaned up at all.”

Asked Questions:

  • Yes, Killers of the Flower Moon is based on a true story. The book, written by David Grann and published in 2017, explores a series of murders that took place in the Osage Indian Nation in the early 20th century. The Osage Nation, located in Oklahoma, became incredibly wealthy due to oil discoveries on their land.

    The story revolves around a string of murders of Osage people, who were targeted for their oil wealth. The investigation into these crimes was one of the earliest major cases handled by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The book delves into the complex history of the Osage Nation, the investigation, and the impact of the crimes on the Osage community. In 2021, it was announced that a film adaptation of the book, directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert De Niro, was in development.

  • The movie turned to the movie theaters on October 20, 2023. It’s not available to watch via Netflix (yet).

  • The movie is over 3,5 hours. Take your popcorn with you.

  • David Grann wrote and published the book in 2017.

  • Leonardo DiCaprio – Ernest Burkhart
    Lily Gladstone – Mollie Burkhart
    Jesse Plemons – Tom White
    Robert de Niro – William Hale
    Brendan Fraser – W.S. Hamilton
    Louis Cancelmi – Kelsie Morrison
    Larry Sellers – Non-Hon-Zhin-Ga

  • The book describes historical events, including violent crimes that occurred during the Osage Indian murders in the 1920s. The book recounts murders and investigations related to the Osage Nation’s wealth and the subsequent formation of the FBI. While it contains violent incidents, the level of violence is in line with the historical context and is not excessively graphic. However, individual perceptions of violence may vary, so it’s advisable to be aware of the book’s content before reading if you have sensitivities to such themes.

Book Details

Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann is now on my list of favorite books. Find some more details about the book in this section.

Reviews from Readers:

While “Killers of the Flower Moon” received numerous accolades, personally, it fell short of the hype for me.

The tragic murders of the Osage American Indians during a time of rampant greed and racism are a dark chapter in history. However, I found the book to be overly long and repetitive. It felt like reading a textbook. The exploration of the murders and the disregard for Osage’s lives didn’t warrant an entire book, and I was left wanting more about the FBI’s involvement. The audiobook’s first narrator focused heavily on Anna and Mollie, resulting in repetitive information. I found the sections about Tom White’s pursuit of the killers more engaging, as he was sent by Hoover to solve the crimes in the oil-rich territory of Oklahoma.


I definitely love a good thriller

and there is especially something profoundly captivating that comes with true crime. It’s surprising how another story of human greed can still have the power to shock and captivate me as a reader. Again, a stark reminder of the persistent and unsettling nature of this dark side of humanity.


I just finished reading “Killers of the Flower Moon”, and I’m blown away.

I truly understand why Martin Scorsese wanted to turn this book into a movie. The book dives into a dark and little-known part of American history, exposing the murders of Osage Indians in the 1920s. Grann’s research is impeccable, and his storytelling had me on the edge of my seat. The corruption, greed, and systemic racism uncovered in this true crime account are disturbing yet important to confront. It’s an eye-opening and gripping read that sheds light on a forgotten tragedy and the resilience of the Osage people. I highly recommend it.


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