One episode, one hour total
In the 1920’s, the Osage Indians of Oklahoma were the richest people per capita in the world, their wealth generated by leasing the mineral rights to the vast oil reserves on their tribal lands. With chauffeured limos, mansions, and children studying in Europe, Osage County was the Dubai of its day. Then, one by one, tribal members began to be murdered — by gunshot, poison, bombing—all part of a vast conspiracy in which white men and women were marrying Osage spouses then killing them to inherit their wealth. It became known as the Osage Reign of Terror. The Osage used their wealth and political connections to finance an investigation by what was then a fledgling federal agency, the FBI. The ensuing investigation would unearth an ever-expanding web of conspiracy involving much of the white community. Doctors neglected to report poisonings, the county mortician covered up bludgeoned corpses, lawmen and courts failed to investigate or prosecute, and bankers overlooked illicit deposits. Terror in Osage Country will shed light on one of the most brazen, calculated acts of genocide in American history. Directed by Gary Glassman.
Gary Glassman is a documentary filmmaker and founder of Providence Pictures, through which he has produced films for NOVA, Discovery Channel, History Channel, and the BBC. Glassman received an MFA in directing from UCLA before creating his first documentary, Prisoners, about the collection at the Musée National d’Art Moderne in Paris. He founded Providence Pictures in 1996, which he created to foster artistic development in Rhode Island. He later went on to win a 2009 WGA Award for Best Documentary Script for PBS’s Secrets of the Pathernon and now continues to make films about subjects like architectural and scientific history.