Killers of the Flower Moon
David Grann
Contributed by Shemika Thormahlen
Chapter 8
Summary

It is during the summer of 1925, and Tom White, the special agent in charge of the Bureau of Investigation’s field office in Houston, receives an urgent order to appear before J. Edgar Hoover, his new boss in Washington, D.C. He called the special agent to his office because of the Osage tribe murders in Oklahoma. The previous administration had failed to solve the case, with one of their strategy, using a convicted criminal as an undercover, leading to the death of a police officer and a bank robbery. Some of the agents sent previously had been killed, and Hoover wants White to direct the investigation by assuming command of the field office in Oklahoma City. Additionally, the director confirms that he cannot afford a failure considering the case puts his job at risk. Despite knowing the risks involved, White agrees to the task immediately — thereby making himself a target for the Osage killers.

Analysis

White is an experienced agent dedicated to serving his country. His record as an agent is impressive — and for this reason, Hoover sees him as the perfect individual to solve the Osage murders. The previous administration had failed due to poor strategizing and immense corruption issues. However, Hoover intends to change the bureau; thus his decision to summon White.

It is clear that White is respectful and principled considering the fact that he travels to Washington, D.C. immediately after being called. He agrees to take the case, despite the knowledge of the associated risks, as he lives to serve the country through the delivery of justice.

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