How Killers of the Flower Moon Captures the True Story of the Osage Murders

oct 22, 2023


Killers of the Flower Moon is a new movie directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Lily Gladstone. It's based on the true story of the Osage murders, a series of killings that took place in Oklahoma in the 1920s.

The movie follows the story of Ernest Burkhart (DiCaprio), a white man who married into the Osage Nation.


Ernest and his brother-in-law, Bill Hale (Jesse Plemons), were involved in a conspiracy to kill Osage people and steal their land and oil rights.

The Osage Nation was one of the wealthiest tribes in the United States in the early 1920s.

They had discovered oil on their land, and many Osage people were suddenly very wealthy. This made them a target for white settlers and criminals.

Over the course of a few years, dozens of Osage people were murdered. The killings were often brutal and bizarre. Some people were poisoned, others were shot, and still others were dynamited.


The FBI eventually investigated the murders, and Ernest Burkhart was one of the people they arrested. He was convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison.

Killers of the Flower Moon is a powerful and disturbing film. It tells a story about greed, racism, and injustice. It also shows the resilience of the Osage people, who survived a terrible tragedy.