May 5, 2017

Working with David Grann on the "Killers of the Flower Moon"

New Yorker staff writer David Grann
Photo: Matthew Richman

One of the reasons I love my work and by extension my life, is that I come across the most amazing people! A case in point is writer, David Grann. By a circuitous route, I got to work with him on restoring images he thought he would need for the book he was writing, "Killers of the Flower Moon" (link Below). It turned out he only used one of the images I restored, Tom White, Sr. (below) but it was fun being part of the process.


 
David Grann ~ "Killers of the Flower Moon"
photo by Styrous®


At the time I didn't know the title nor had any knowledge whatsoever of the substance of the book but I knew the man he was writing about was an FBI agent and the grandfather of Tom Bruce White III. I've known Tom for over forty years and had no idea of the shocking conspiracy his grandfather discovered as I researched the book which was published last month. It was an educational and astonishing experience for me. What I discovered is an absolutely mind boggling true events story about a series of murders of Osage Indians.   

The story follows the investigation by Tom Bruce White, Sr. an agent for the Federal Bureau of Investigation at the time under J. Edgar Hoover.    

photographer unknown
photo restoration by Styrous®
used in the published edition of the book

This was the FBI's first major case, and a young J. Edgar Hoover wanted it solved. Hoover needed the sturdiest and most incorruptible of agents to head up the investigation. He chose Tom White, from Texas. White’s father was the local sheriff in Austin, so he grew up in a home attached to the county jail. He and two brothers eventually became Texas Rangers.      

The Texas Rangers - 1905
photographer unknown 
photo restoration by Styrous®
not used in the published edition of the book




Looking for a more stable life, White became an F.B.I. agent. With the team he assembled, White went undercover, infiltrated the Osage world and exposed the reasons for the murders and who the murderers were. 

There is in-depth coverage by Jon D. May about the conspiracy and results of the investigation by the FBI on the Oklahoma Historical Society website (link below).   



Tom White, Sr. with J. Edgar Hoover - September 29, 1967
photographer unknown 
photo restoration by Styrous®
not used in the published edition of the book


After almost four years, the book by Grann was finally published and earlier this month, we received our copy of the book with the title page autographed by him.




David Grann ~ "Killers of the Flower Moon" 
title page autographed by David Grann
photo by Styrous®





The book has made it onto the Book of the Month Club, which is a United States subscription-based e-commerce service that offers a selection of five new hardcover books each month to its members. 

My sincere thanks to Tom White III, his brother John White and his cousin Kathlene Liles who provided invaluable photographic research.    


Published by PenguinRandomhouse
April 20, 2017    
ISBN-13: 978-0385534246         
       
    
           
Oklahoma Historical Society ~ Osage Murders     
     
        
Thanks, David!




Styrous® ~ Friday, May 5, 2017 













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