on April 03, 2018, with book design by Maria Carella.
and The Devil And Sherlock Holmes:
Tales of Murder, Madness, and Obsession.
Like many others in the tribe, Mollie’s parents tried to hold on to their customs. Bestowing a name was one of the most important Osage rituals; only then was someone considered a person by the tribe. Mollie, who was born on December 1, 1886 was given the Osage name Wah-kon-tah-he-um-pah. Her sisters were also known by Osage names: Anna was Wah-hrah-lum-pah; Minnie, Wah-sha-she; and Rita, Me-se-moie.
The director of the Bureau of Investigation Stanley Wellington Finch. (Left Second Public Domain
1918 Minnie, age 27, dies under suspicious circumstances.
May 28, 1921 An oil worker discovers Osage Tribe Member Charles Whitehorn’s body in the hills of downtown Pawhuska with two bullet holes through the eyes, shot execution style. (Left Third: Courtesy of the Osage Nation Museum)
February of 1922 William Stepson, twenty-nine-year old Sage champion steer roper, left home, only to return home visibly ill to die hours later. Authorities suspect it was poison, possibly strychnine.
July 28, 1922 Osage man Joe Bates, in his thirties, dies of poisoning.
government for help in investigating the Osage murders. He is found murdered in a culvert in the state of Maryland. He had been stabbed twenty times, his skull beaten and had been stripped naked. (Left: Workers strike oil in Osage Territory. Courtesy of the Barrtlesville Area History Museum)
February of 1923 Two hunters hunting in northwest Fairfax discover an abandoned car at the bottom of a rocky swale. They inform the authorities and the authorities discover the body of 40-year-old Henry Roan, Mollie Burkhart’s first husband, with a bullet hole in his head. (Right: Attributed to Corbis. Fair Use Under the United States Copyright Law)
January 20, 1926 One of the culprits tells Tom White that he is convinced he will be killed by the head culprit, especially if he testifies for White against the head culprit. White arranges to have this culprit moved out of state and placed under guard until the trial which begins on March 12, 1926.
Hoover makes sure that he gets all of the credit for the investigation and none to Tom White, who actually did the work. He masterminds the propaganda radio program The Lucky Strike Hour to dramatize and fictionalize the Bureau’s cases, with J Edgar Hoover usually deemed the hero.
The Osage Tribal Council was the only governing body to publicly single out and praise White and his team, including the undercover operatives. In a resolution, which cited each of them by name, the council said, “We express our sincere gratitude for the splendid work done in the matter of investigating and bringing to justice the parties charged.”
Late 1950s Tom White sends J. Edgar Hoover a letter requesting information about the Osage Murders and offering his voice in the FBI movie “ The FBI Story” starring Jimmy Stewart about the Osage Murders. Hoover does not respond. (Left: Public Domain)