|"Man belongs to the earth. Earth does not below to man." - Chief Seattle|
|The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI|
In the 1920s, the richest people per capita in the world were?
They were Native American members of the Osage Indian Nation in Oklahoma. After oil was discovered beneath their land, the Osage rode in chauffeured automobiles, built mansions, and sent their children to study in Europe.
|I'll administrate your funds, boys!|
In this last remnant of the Wild West -- where oilmen like J. P. Getty made their fortunes and where desperadoes such as Al Spencer, “the Phantom Terror,” roamed -- virtually anyone who dared to investigate the killings were themselves murdered.
|State-sanctioned genocide of natives|
But the Bureau was then notoriously corrupt and initially bungled the case. Eventually the young director, J. Edgar Hoover, turned to a former Texas Ranger named Tom White to try to unravel the mystery.
Tom White put together an undercover team, including one of the only Native American agents in the Bureau. They infiltrated the region struggling to adopt the latest modern techniques of detection. Together with the Osage they began to expose one of the most sinister conspiracies in American history. More