Want a good idea for a mystery? Try watching the travel TV series “Mysteries in the Museum”. Talk about great ideas! I found the idea for my book, Cobwebs—A Suspense Novel, in the Osage County Historical Museum in Pawhuska, Oklahoma.
But this wealth resulted in tragedy; more than a dozen Osage were murdered. Many others disappeared. The tribe pleaded with the government to investigate and a new federal agency was created. Eventually this agency was named the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The investigation resulted in two convictions. Decades later the Oklahoma governor pardoned and released one of them. The deaths and disappearances of numerous tribal members were never resolved. Most people in Osage County agree—justice was not served.
The idea intrigued me. I haunted the Osage County museums, staring at sepia-tone photographs of Tribal members and gazing at display cases full of colorful Native American dress. The story crept into my mind.
As I learned about this bit of Oklahoma history and discovered I carried Native American blood in my veins, the story embedded itself in my psyche and cried out to be told.
The book, Cobwebs—A Suspense Novel, became reality.
But the questions evoked by my visits to those museums still linger. What really happened to those missing Osage people? How did they die, and who killed them? These 90-year old cases may never be solved.
So—looking for ideas? You may have to look no farther than your local history museum.