In 1996, I filmed an investigation that never saw the light of day. It was about the richest guys you’d never heard of, Charles and David Koch—and their theft of a mind-blowing $2 billion in oil from Osage tribal land. Now, I’m blowing open the files in a new film, Long Knife: The Osage Nation, Koch Oil and the New Trail of Tears.
It’s said that behind every great fortune is a great crime. This is the crime, the genesis of the Kochs’ $120 billion empire—and the foundation of the fearsome Koch Network, that political Death Star, created solely to keep Charles Koch out of prison.
The new Leonardo DiCaprio film, Killers of the Flower Moon, tells the story of the murder of scores of Osage for their oil rights. Killers ends in the 1920s. But, as Chief Standing Bear tells us, “It’s still going on”—and he wants us to know the rest of the Osage story—right up to today—especially their decades-long battle with Koch Oil.
George DiCaprio, encouraged by his son Leonardo, and in cooperation with Osage leadership, is producing our documentary of the never-before-told story of Kochs’ several criminal indictments.
In Long Knife, you’ll meet the man in charge of the FBI’s Koch investigation—who resigned when the first indictment was buried. “If Charlie got the maximum, it would have been 70 years.”
We reveal how Koch got the federal prosecutor replaced by Koch’s oil-patch buddy, and the lucrative reward the I-won’t-prosecute prosecutor received. You’ll also learn the identity of the Kochs’ political toy boys and the toys they got for their service to Koch.
Back in 1996, not a single US news outlet could be bothered about a couple crooks from Wichita nor their “inconsequential” victims. The real story of the Kochs has yet to be told. Until now. This film will shake you—and it should.
We’re nearly done, for release in Spring 2024.
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Reported by Greg Palast
Directed by David Ambrose.
And produced by George DiCaprio…and YOU
Greg Palast (Rolling Stone, Guardian, BBC) is the author of The New York Times bestsellers, Billionaires & Ballot Bandits and the book and documentary,
The Best Democracy Money Can Buy.
His latest film is Vigilante: Georgia's Vote Suppression Hitman
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