We bring you the true story on which Scorsese's "KILLERS OF THE FLOWER MOON" is based

During the 1920s, Osage oil heirs were dying mysteriously

by Sededin Dedovic
We bring you the true story on which Scorsese's "KILLERS OF THE FLOWER MOON" is based
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The film "KILLERS OF THE FLOWER MOON" underwent a meticulous 100-day filming process under the meticulous direction of the legendary Martin Scorsese. This extensive shooting schedule necessitated multiple script revisions, as the renowned Oscar-winning director was unwavering in his pursuit of perfection for this ambitious project.

The result is a cinematic masterpiece that spans over three hours, leaving audiences in New York City awestruck and applauding fervently. Adapted from a historical account chronicling the harrowing events of the 1920s, this cinematic narrative sheds light on the documented atrocities committed against Native Americans in Osage County following the discovery of oil.

The film, which has already made a formidable impression on the Oscar race, boasts a stellar cast. Leading the charge are Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert De Niro, two of Hollywood's most distinguished actors, joined by the exceptional talents of Lily Gladstone and Jay Plemons.

A tribe whose fate was changed by oil

The Osage Nation is a Native American tribe hailing from the Great Plains in the Midwest. Their roots can be traced back to the Ohio and Mississippi valleys, with an ancestral heritage dating as far back as 700 BC.

The term "Osage" is the French rendition of the tribe's name and conveys the meaning of "middle waters," a nod to the rivers of the Midwest near their original homeland. For centuries, the Osage people inhabited these lands until the 19th century when a tumultuous chapter unfolded.

Under the terms of a treaty with the United States government, they were compelled to leave their ancestral territory in Kansas, ultimately resettling in what is now known as Oklahoma. This forced relocation brought with it significant challenges, with the Osage tribe grappling with dire financial constraints.

Basic necessities like food, clothing, and medical supplies were in painfully short supply. However, the tides of fortune took a dramatic turn in 1894 when the invaluable resource of crude oil was discovered beneath their lands.

The Osage Allotment Act of 1906 played a pivotal role in ensuring that the tribe retained mineral rights to their land. This legal safeguard empowered them to lease their newfound land to oil prospectors, leading to unprecedented prosperity.

The Osage people, once struggling to meet their basic needs, rapidly ascended the economic ladder, amassing substantial wealth that allowed them to construct opulent mansions and assemble fleets of automobiles. "In 1923 alone, the tribe took more than 30 million dollars, which is the equivalent of more than 400 million dollars today.

They were considered the richest group of people per capita in the world," said David Green, author of a book about the fate of this people, according to which wrote the screenplay for Scorsese's film.

During the 1920s, Osage oil heirs were dying mysteriously!

The tribe's sudden affluence proved to be a double-edged sword, as it drew the attention of individuals with ulterior motives. In the tumultuous 1920s, a chilling and enigmatic trend began to emerge among Osage oil heirs - they were inexplicably losing their lives.

This dark and unsettling chapter in Osage history is vividly chronicled in David Grann's book, "Killers of the Flower Moon." At the center of this gripping narrative is Molly Burkhart, a proud Osage tribe member and one of four sisters who had come into immense wealth due to the oil riches beneath their ancestral land.

Each of the sisters had married white men, seemingly finding happiness and security. However, their lives took a sinister and mysterious turn as they began to succumb to unexplained and tragic circumstances. This chilling saga delves into a disturbing web of intrigue, deceit, and violence that gripped the Osage community during that era.