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McAuliff did a great job of weaving several story-lines about his family's part in the Osage reign of terror, Osage history, the lives of evil men and his own personal issues as the story of his grandmother's death unfolded before him. A fascinating story. Not a feel-good story. But it will certainly keep your emotions moving -- sympathy, anger, sadness and a few touches of Irish/Osage dry humor chuckles when needed.
My grandmother was the only surviving child of George Bigheart who is mentioned in this book. She was a child during this time; I think she was twelve when her father was murdered. Old enough to know you didn't openly discuss the scene unfolding in front of her. I would ask her questions when I was an adult and even then she wouldn't talk about it. Mr. McAuliffe poses a scenario that I hadn't thought of...that someone more powerful than W. K. Hale murdered my great grandfather. Mr. McAuliffe is incorrect saying that James Bigheart was George's father. My great-great grandfather was Peter C. Bigheart, another chief of the tribe. It's an error that should not have occurred as this info is easily accessed.
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