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Smith Thompson
(DD-212: dp. 1,215; 1. 314'41/2", b. 31'8"; dr. 9'4"; s. 35 k.; cpl. 121; a. 4 4", 1 3", 12 21" tt.; cl.Clemson )

Smith Thompson (DD-212) was laid down on 24 March by William Cramp and Sons, Philadelphia, Pa. launched on 14 July 1919- sponsored by Mrs. Kate E. Lloyd, granddaughter of Secretary Thompson, and commissioned on 10 December 1919, Comdr. B.G. Barthalow in command.

After shakedown along the east coast, Smith Thompson sailed on 8 February 1920 from Philadelphia for the Mediterranean, arriving at Constantinople on 25 February. Attached to the United States Naval Detachment in Turkish Waters, Rear Admiral Mark L. Bristol commanding, the destroyer operated in the eastern Mediterranean and the Black Sea for over a year, visiting ports in Turkey, Russia, Rumania, Bulgaria, Syria, Greece, and Egypt. Due to warfare in Turkey and Russia, Admiral Bristol's ships were frequently assigned unusual tasks, including maintenance of radio mail, and passenger service, carrying State Department representatives and officials of recognized philanthropic societies to various ports; and evacuation of Americans, non-combatants, and the sick and wounded from ports threatened by warfare, particularly in southern Russia. Rear Admiral N.A. McCully, on a mission to south Russia as a special agent of the State Department for observation purposes, received assistance from the naval forces; and, on several occasions, Smith Thompson acted as his flagship.

On 2 May 1921, Smith Thompson sailed from Constantinople with her division for the Asiatic Station arriving at Cavite, P.I., on 29 June. For the next four years, she cruised among the Philippine Islands, along the coast of China, and in Japanese waters, protecting American lives and property and carrying out peacetime training.

In early September 1923, when he learned that Tokyo and Yokohama had been nearly destroyed by earthquake, tidal wave, and fire on 30 and 31 August, Admiral E.A. Anderson, Commander in Chief of the Asiatic Fleet, immediately sent Smith Thompson and her destroyer division with medical supplies to render assistance. Smith Thompson arrived on 5 September and acted as radio relay ship at Yokohama and station ship at Tokyo until departing on 21 September. The American destroyers were the first foreign vessels to arrive at Yokohama and earned the gratitude of the Japanese government. The following year, Smith Thompson carried out another special mission, providing

support off the China Coast between 7 and 10 June for the flight of four United States Army aircraft around the world. Smith Thompson returned to the east coast of the United States in 1925 via San Diego and the Panama Canal, arriving in Hampton Roads on 16 July.

After overhaul, Smith Thompson joined Destroyer Squadrons, Scouting Fleet, and cruised along the east coast and in the Caribbean on training exercises. During September and October 1926 and January 1927, the destroyer was temporary attached to the U.S. Special Service Squadron for duty on the coast of Nicaragua observing conditions in that country during a revolutionary outbreak, protecting American interests, and furnishing transportation to Naval and Marine Corps personnel.

Between June 1927 and January 1928, Smith Thompson cruised in the Mediterranean and the Adriatic, and then proceeded to the west coast of the United States to join Destroyer Squadrons, Battle Fleet. On 1 August 1929, she sailed from Bremerton, Wash., with her division for a second tour with the Asiatic Fleet. Arriving at Chefoo. China on 2 September 1929. Smith Thompson participated in exercises with the fleet in Chinese and Philippine waters, with overhaul periods at the Cavite Navy Yard, until 1936. Due to civil war and bandit activity, a division of destroyers had to be maintained in Chinese waters in addition to the regular gunboats patrols; and Smith Thompson was, on several occasions, assigned temporary duty with the Yangtze River Patrol and the South China Patrol. On 1 February 1932, she, with other units of the Asiatic Fleet, was rushed to Shanghai to protect the international settlement there after the Japanese launched an air and sea attack on the Chinese portion of the city. On this occasion, Smith Thompson remained on special patrols along the China Coast until 28 May.

On 14 April 1936, Smith Thompson, while en route from Manila to Shanghai, was rammed amidships by Whipple (DD-217). There was no loss of life, but Smith Thompson was seriously damaged and had to be towed back to the Philippines by Barker (DD-213) arriving in Subic Bay on 17 April. Inspection showed the ship not worth repair, and Smith Thompson was decommissioned at Olongapo on 15 May, struck from the Navy list on 19 May, and sunk at sea off Subic Bay on 25 July 1936.


Smith Thompson được đặt lườn vào ngày 24 tháng 3 năm 1919 tại xưởng tàu của hãng William Cramp and Sons ở Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Nó được hạ thủy vào ngày 14 tháng 7 năm 1919, được đỡ đầu bởi bà Kate E. Lloyd, cháu của Bộ trưởng Thompson và được đưa ra hoạt động vào ngày 10 tháng 12 năm 1919 dưới quyền chỉ huy của Hạm trưởng, Trung tá Hải quân B.G. Barthalow.

Sau khi hoàn tất chạy thử máy dọc theo bờ Đông Hoa Kỳ, Smith Thompson khởi hành từ Philadelphia vào ngày 8 tháng 2 năm 1920 để đi sang vùng biển Địa Trung Hải, đi đến Constantinople, Thổ Nhĩ Kỳ vào ngày 25 tháng 2. Được phối thuộc cùng Lực lượng Hải quân Hoa Kỳ tại châu Âu tại vùng biển Thổ Nhĩ Kỳ dưới quyền Chuẩn đô đốc Mark L. Bristol, chiếc tàu khu trục hoạt động tại khu vực Đông Địa Trung Hải và Hắc Hải trong hơn một năm, viếng thăm các cảng Thổ Nhĩ Kỳ, Nga, Romania, Bulgaria, Syria, Hy Lạp và Ai Cập. Do sự xung đột giữa Thổ Nhĩ Kỳ và Nga, các con tàu dưới quyền Chuẩn đô đốc Bristol thường được giao những nhiệm vụ bất thường như duy trì liên lạc vô tuyến, vận chuyển thư tín và nhân sự, đưa các đại biểu ngoại giao Hoa Kỳ và các tổ chức bác ái đến các cảng, di tản công dân Hoa Kỳ, thường dân, bệnh nhân và người bị thương khỏi các cảng bị xung đột đe dọa, đặc biệt là các cảng miền Nam nước Nga. Chuẩn đô đốc Newton A. McCully, trong một chuyến đi nhằm mục đích khảo sát đến miền Nam nước Nga như một đặc sứ của Bộ Ngoại giao Hoa Kỳ, đã nhận được sự giúp đỡ của lực lượng hải quân, và trong nhiều dịp Smith Thompson đã phục vụ như là soái hạm của đô đốc McCully.

Vào ngày 2 tháng 5 năm 1921, Smith Thompson cùng đội của nó khởi hành từ Constantinople để gia nhập Hạm đội Á Châu, đi đến Cavite, Philippines vào ngày 29 tháng 6. Trong bốn năm tiếp theo, nó hoạt động tại vùng quần đảo Philippine, dọc theo bờ biển Trung Quốc và tại vùng biển Nhật Bản, bảo vệ tính mạng và tài sản của công dân Hoa Kỳ đồng thời tiến hành huấn luyện thời bình. Vào đầu tháng 9 năm 1923, sau khi được tin Tokyo và Yokohama hầu như bị phá hủy toàn bộ sau trận động đất Kantō, kèm theo sóng thần và hỏa hoạn vào các ngày 30 và 31 tháng 8, Đô đốc Edwin Anderson, Jr., Tư lệnh Hạm đội Á Châu, lập tức gửi Smith Thompson và đội của nó với hàng tiếp liệu thuốc men đến trợ giúp. Nó đi đến nơi vào ngày 5 tháng 9, và hoạt động như một trạm truyền vô tuyến tại Yokohama và như một tàu trạm tại Tokyo trước khi lên đường quay về vào ngày 21 tháng 9. Các tàu khu trục Hoa Kỳ là những tàu nước ngoài đầu tiên đi đến Yokohama và nhận được sự biết ơn của chính phủ Nhật Bản.

Trong năm tiếp theo, Smith Thompson thực hiện một nhiệm vụ đặc biệt khác, khi đi đến ngoài khơi bờ biển Trung Quốc từ ngày 7 đến ngày 10 tháng 6, và phục vụ như cột mốc vô tuyến dẫn đường hỗ trợ cho chuyến bay tiên phong vòng quanh thế giới từ ngày 9 tháng 4 đến ngày 28 tháng 9 do Quân đoàn Không quân Hoa Kỳ (tiền thân của Không quân Hoa Kỳ ngày nay) thực hiện. Nó quay trở về vùng bờ Đông Hoa Kỳ vào năm 1925 ngang qua San Diego, California và kênh đào Panama, đi đến Hampton Roads vào ngày 16 tháng 7. Sau khi được đại tu, nó gia nhập Hải đội Khu trục trực thuộc Hạm đội Tuần tiễu, và di chuyển dọc theo vùng bờ Đông và vùng biển Caribe trong các hoạt động huấn luyện. Trong tháng 9 và tháng 10 năm 1926 và tháng 1 năm 1927, chiếc tàu khu trục tạm thời phối thuộc cùng Hải đội Đặc vụ hoạt động tại vùng bờ biển Nicaragua, theo dõi tình hình tại đất nước này vào lúc diễn ra cuộc cách mạng, bảo vệ quyền lợi của Hoa Kỳ, và làm nhiệm vụ chuyên chở nhân sự Thủy quân Lục chiến và Hải quân.

Từ tháng 6 năm 1927 đến tháng 1 năm 1928, Smith Thompson đi sang vùng biển Địa Trung Hải và biển Adriatic, rồi đi đến vùng bờ Tây Hoa Kỳ để gia nhập Hải đội Khu trục trực thuộc Hạm đội Chiến trận. Vào ngày 1 tháng 8 năm 1929, nó khởi hành từ Bremerton, Washington cho lượt phục vụ thứ hai cùng Hạm đội Á Châu. Đi đến Yên Đài, Trung Quốc vào ngày 2 tháng 9, nó tham gia các cuộc tập trận hạm đội tại vùng biển Trung Quốc và Philippines cùng các đợt bảo trì tại Xưởng hải quân Cavite cho đến năm 1936. Do những rối loạn biến động của cuộc Nội chiến Trung Quốc, một đội khu trục được giữ lại tại vùng biển Trung Quốc bổ sung cho các đội pháo hạm tuần tra thường lệ, và trong nhiều dịp Smith Thompson được phân nhiệm vụ tạm thời cùng đội Tuần tra sông Dương Tử và Tuần tra Nam Trung Quốc. Vào ngày 1 tháng 2 năm 1932, nó cùng nhiều đơn vị khác của Hạm đội Á Châu được vội vã phái đến Thượng Hải để bảo vệ các tô giới quốc tế tại đây sau khi Nhật Bản tấn công bằng đường bộ và đường không vào phần thành phố do Trung Quốc kiểm soát. Nó tiếp tục hoạt động tuần tra đặc biệt dọc bờ biển Trung Quốc cho đến ngày 28 tháng 5.

Vào ngày 14 tháng 4 năm 1936, trên đường từ Manila đến Thượng Hải, Smith Thompson bị tàu chị em Whipple (DD-217) va phải phía giữa tàu. Không có thiệt hại về nhân mạng, nhưng nó bị hư hại nặng và phải được chiếc Barker (DD-213) cùng lớp kéo trở lại Philippines, về đến vịnh Subic vào ngày 17 tháng 4. Các khảo sát cho thấy con tàu không đáng để sửa chữa, và Smith Thompson được cho ngừng hoạt động tại Olongapo vào ngày 15 tháng 5. Tên nó được cho rút khỏi danh sách Đăng bạ Hải quân vào ngày 19 tháng 5 năm 1936, và lườn tàu được cho đánh đắm ngoài khơi vịnh Subic vào ngày 25 tháng 7 năm 1936.


DD-212 Smith Thompson

Smith Thompson (DD-212) was laid down on 24 March by William Cramp and Sons, Philadelphia, Pa. launched on 14 July 1919- sponsored by Mrs. Kate E. Lloyd, granddaughter of Secretary Thompson, and commissioned on 10 December 1919, Comdr. B.G. Barthalow in command.

After shakedown along the east coast, Smith Thompson sailed on 8 February 1920 from Philadelphia for the Mediterranean, arriving at Constantinople on 25 February. Attached to the United States Naval Detachment in Turkish Waters, Rear Admiral Mark L. Bristol commanding, the destroyer operated in the eastern Mediterranean and the Black Sea for over a year, visiting ports in Turkey, Russia, Rumania, Bulgaria, Syria, Greece, and Egypt. Due to warfare in Turkey and Russia, Admiral Bristol's ships were frequently assigned unusual tasks, including maintenance of radio mail, and passenger service, carrying State Department representatives and officials of recognized philanthropic societies to various ports and evacuation of Americans, non-combatants, and the sick and wounded from ports threatened by warfare, particularly in southern Russia. Rear Admiral N.A. McCully, on a mission to south Russia as a special agent of the State Department for observation purposes, received assistance from the naval forces and, on several occasions, Smith Thompson acted as his flagship.

On 2 May 1921, Smith Thompson sailed from Constantinople with her division for the Asiatic Station arriving at Cavite, P.I., on 29 June. For the next four years, she cruised among the Philippine Islands, along the coast of China, and in Japanese waters, protecting American lives and property and carrying out peacetime training.

In early September 1923, when he learned that Tokyo and Yokohama had been nearly destroyed by earthquake, tidal wave, and fire on 30 and 31 August, Admiral E.A. Anderson, Commander in Chief of the Asiatic Fleet, immediately sent Smith Thompson and her destroyer division with medical supplies to render assistance. Smith Thompson arrived on 5 September and acted as radio relay ship at Yokohama and station ship at Tokyo until departing on 21 September. The American destroyers were the first foreign vessels to arrive at Yokohama and earned the gratitude of the Japanese government. The following year, Smith Thompson carried out another special mission, providing support off the China Coast between 7 and 10 June for the flight of four United States Army aircraft around the world. Smith Thompson returned to the east coast of the United States in 1925 via San Diego and the Panama Canal, arriving in Hampton Roads on 16 July.

After overhaul, Smith Thompson joined Destroyer Squadrons, Scouting Fleet, and cruised along the east coast and in the Caribbean on training exercises. During September and October 1926 and January 1927, the destroyer was temporary attached to the U.S. Special Service Squadron for duty on the coast of Nicaragua observing conditions in that country during a revolutionary outbreak, protecting American interests, and furnishing transportation to Naval and Marine Corps personnel.

Between June 1927 and January 1928, Smith Thompson cruised in the Mediterranean and the Adriatic, and then proceeded to the west coast of the United States to join Destroyer Squadrons, Battle Fleet. On 1 August 1929, she sailed from Bremerton, Wash., with her division for a second tour with the Asiatic Fleet. Arriving at Chefoo. China on 2 September 1929. Smith Thompson participated in exercises with the fleet in Chinese and Philippine waters, with overhaul periods at the Cavite Navy Yard, until 1936. Due to civil war and bandit activity, a division of destroyers had to be maintained in Chinese waters in addition to the regular gunboats patrols and Smith Thompson was, on several occasions, assigned temporary duty with the Yangtze River Patrol and the South China Patrol. On 1 February 1932, she, with other units of the Asiatic Fleet, was rushed to Shanghai to protect the international settlement there after the Japanese launched an air and sea attack on the Chinese portion of the city. On this occasion, Smith Thompson remained on special patrols along the China Coast until 28 May.

On 14 April 1936, Smith Thompson, while en route from Manila to Shanghai, was rammed amidships by Whipple (DD-217). There was no loss of life, but Smith Thompson was seriously damaged and had to be towed back to the Philippines by Barker (DD-213) arriving in Subic Bay on 17 April. Inspection showed the ship not worth repair, and Smith Thompson was decommissioned at Olongapo on 15 May, struck from the Navy list on 19 May, and sunk at sea off Subic Bay on 25 July 1936.


Will Smith Dragged Into $2 Million Court Battle With Duane And Tisha Campbell-Martin

Will Smith has been dragged back into a million-dollar legal battle involving his close friends Duane and Tisha Campbell-Martin, along with a "Basketball Wives" star.

According to court documents obtained by The Blast, Tisha Campbell-Martin is back in court attempting to block the sale of a $2.4 million home. She believes her ex-husband is playing games in the legal battle.

Tisha and Duane Martin are in the middle of a nasty divorce and separate bankruptcy battle. In their bankruptcy, Duane was accused of hiding a Chatsworth mansion under a company named Roxe LLC. Will Smith loaned Duane $1.4 million to save the home at one point.

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Last month, Duane and the trustee reached a deal, where Smith would be paid back in full on $1.5 million loaned to Martin.

Per their deal, Duane has agreed to sell off a 5-bedroom, 6-bathroom, 9,200 sq. ft. mansion located in Chatsworth, California. The trustee found a buyer who will be purchasing the pad for $2.45 million.

The $2.45 million will be broken down with $1.5 million going to Will Smith&rsquos company named TB Properties LLC, $122k owed in back rent, $485k to the bankruptcy estate (to be used to pay off creditors) and $170,560 to a company named Roxe LLC.

In newly filed documents, Tisha Campbell-Martin is trying to block her ex Duane Martin&rsquos settlement deal. She believes the deal interferes with money she is owed.

Tisha says the proposed settlement is a &ldquodishonest debtor&rsquos dream. Duane Martin defrauded the estate and it&rsquos creditors in a complex scheme to hide his multi-million-dollar family home, and now stands to walk away not only with his discharge intact, but with a share of the proceeds from the Trustee&rsquos proposed sale of the home.&rdquo

The actress has questions on why Duane is pushing the sale quickly. She adds, &ldquoThe Trustee &ndash well aware of Duane Martin&rsquos penchant for fraud, but wanting to salvage the deal reached at mediation and a quick recovery for the estate &ndash pushed forward with seeking expedited relief.&rdquo

Tisha claims the proposed buyer of the home is former &ldquoBasketball Wives&rdquo star Angel Brinks. Brinks signed a declaration in court stating, &ldquono prior or present dealings, relationships or connections&rdquo with Duane Martin and Will Smith. Tisha points out Brinks is somewhat connected.

She points out, &ldquoHowever, it appears from public records that Ms. Brinks is the significant other (since at least mid-2018) of actor Jackie Long &ndash who formerly co-starred with Duane Martin on the Real Husbands of Hollywood, and appears to be close with Will Smith. While there may be a plausible coincidental explanation for what appears to be, at a minimum, a &ldquoconnection&rdquo between Ms. Brinks and the players in the subject litigation, such explanations seem less plausible against the backdrop of the documented fraud by Duane Martin, and his prior use of close friends and family members (Michael Martin, Will Smith, Derek Folk) to conceal his continued interest in the Property.&rdquo

Tisha wants the court to step in and shut down the proposed sale.

In the original fraud lawsuit, The trustee alleged Duane set up a company named Roxe LLC to conceal ownership of the 9,000 sq. ft. mansion. Duane originally bought the home in 2006 for $900,000. He then borrowed $1.9 million for the purpose of constructing the &ldquoMartin family home.&rdquo

Duane then defaulted on his loan and negotiated a short sale with the bank, and he used Roxe to buy the home back from the bank using a $1.4 million loan from Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith. Roxe LLC became the owner and Duane and Tisha allegedly entered into a lease with their own company to pay rent of $5,000 per month.

In early 2018, Duane listed the home for $2,695,000 with the intention of pocketing all of the sales proceeds in excess of the loan given by Will and Jada, meaning he would pocket $1.3 million if sold at asking price.

The trustee said the lease was a sham and Duane and Tisha didn&rsquot make all the payments on the house.

The suit demanded Duane be forced to turn over the home to the bankruptcy estate and be used to benefit his creditors. To be clear, there were no allegations that Will or Jada did anything wrong or had any knowledge of any alleged wrongdoings.

During the battle, docs filed revealed Will Smith had been subpoenaed by the trustee and was forced to turn over financial records and private emails and texts with Duane Martin regarding the loan and home.

In emails obtained by the trustee, it showed that Will Smith and his team had grave concerns about loaning his friend Duane over a million dollars save his home from foreclosure.

The entire fraud lawsuit was to be dismissed per their settlement. Tisha is trying to throw a wrench in the deal. A judge has yet to rule.


The FBI’s First Big Case: The Osage Murders

One by one, Mollie Burkhart’s family turned up dead. Her sister Anna had been discovered in a ravine in May 1921 with a bullet wound to the back of her head. Following the shooting of a cousin less than two years later, Mollie’s sister Rita and her husband were killed when an explosion reduced their house to kindling. Mollie suspected poison was to blame for the unexplained ailment that killed her mother, and in retrospect, even the “wasting illness” that had killed a third sister, Minnie, in 1918 seemed suspicious.

It wasn’t just Mollie’s family that was being methodically killed on Oklahoma’s Osage Nation Reservation in the early 1920s. More than two dozen members of the Osage tribe had been shot, stabbed, beaten and bombed in one of the bloodiest crime sprees in American history. Investigators who probed the case too deeply also had a propensity for turning up dead. One attorney with information on the case was thrown off a speeding train, while the body of Barney McBride, a wealthy white oilman who agreed to go to Washington, D.C., to ask federal authorities to investigate the murders, was found stripped, beaten and stabbed more than 20 times in a Maryland culvert in what the Washington Post called “the most brutal in crime annals in the District.”

Osage Indians in Washington D.C., with President Coolidge. (Credit: Bettmann / Getty Images)

As best-selling author David Grann details in his new book, “Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI,” the Osage reservation was soaked in blood because it was awash in oil. Driven from their lands in Kansas, the Osage had bought a swath of northeast Oklahoma in the early 1870s. The rocky, barren reservation promised to yield little—with the exception of their desire to be left alone—until the discovery of one of the largest oil deposits in the United States below the surface.

The Osage had shrewdly retained the rights to any mineral discoveries, and oil barons such as J. Paul Getty, Harry Sinclair and Frank Phillips paid grand sums for leases at outdoor auctions held under the boughs of a vast tree dubbed the “Million Dollar Elm.” Each member of the Osage tribe received quarterly royalty payments, and as the years progressed, so did the number of digits on their check, growing into the hundreds and then the thousands of dollars. In 1923 alone, the 2,000 tribe members collectively received $30 million—the equivalent to $400 million today, according to Grann.

Rita and Bill Smith’s house after blast. (Credit: David Grann)

The Osage became the richest people per capita in the world. “They lived in mansions and had chauffeured cars. They had servants, many of whom were white. These images belie long-standing stereotypes of Native Americans that trace back to the first contact with whites,” Grann tells HISTORY. “It flips our conventional thoughts on their heads.”

Even the Osage’s blessings turned out to be cursed, however. The great wealth lured not only desperadoes, bootleggers and criminals𠅋ut fantastic jealousy as well. “The Osage Indians are becoming so rich that something will have to be done about it,” reported Harper’s Monthly.

Mollie Burkhart (right) with sisters Anna (center) and Minnie (left). (Credit: David Grann)

“Prejudice provoked a scapegoating of the Osage for their wealth, and the U.S. Congress literally holds hearings about what the country could do in response,” Grann says. Lawmakers appointed local white guardians to approve every expenditure by the full-blooded Osage 𠇍own to the toothpaste they purchased at the corner store,” Grann writes. “It’s a system rooted in racism, done under the pretense of enlightenment that the Osage needed protection,” Grann says. 𠇎ven worse, it led to an entire criminal enterprise that had been sanctioned by the U.S. government.”

Swindling the very people they were assigned to protect, guardians forced the Osage to purchase goods from them at inflated prices and received kickbacks by directing them to do business with certain stores and banks. In some cases, guardians dropped any pretenses and simply stole the money𠅊t least $8 million, according to one government study. “They’re scalping our souls out here,” complained one exasperated Osage. The systematic embezzlement—referred to as the “Indian business” by some white settlers on the Osage reservation—wasn’t lucrative enough for some, however.

Osage in automobile. (Credit: David Grann)

In order to maintain tribal control, shares of the oil money could not be sold by the Osage to white settlers, but they could be inherited. That loophole proved the genesis of a calculated, cold-blooded plot to gain inheritance rights from tribe members before killing them. In some instances, white settlers even married their marks to legally become the next of kin before murdering their spouses.

As the body count rose in the early 1920s, the Osage saw no action from local and state law enforcement personnel. “There was a tremendous amount of corruption in Osage County. The power structure was able to buy off lawmen. In some cases lawmen were directly complicit or turned a blind eye,” Grann says.

J. Edgar Hoover. (Credit: David Grann)

The tribe appealed for help directly to the relatively new Bureau of Investigation (which would be renamed the Federal Bureau of Investigation in 1935). Seeking a high-profile success to erase the bureau’s stained reputation for its role in another oil corruption scheme, the Teapot Dome scandal, newly appointed director J. Edgar Hoover sent investigators to Oklahoma.

“What’s interesting is you get to see Hoover and the bureau in its formative period. You see all the seeds of his character—paranoia, ambition and manipulation. He’s very insecure in his career at the time,” Grann says. “The bureau badly bungled the case initially. They released an outlaw named Blackie Thompson hoping he would work as an undercover informant, but he instead robbed banks and killed a police officer. At one point Hoover wanted to get out of it and turn it back to the state, but after the scandal he didn’t have a choice.”

Tom White and Hoover. (Credit: David Grann)

Hoover instead turned the case over to Tom White, an experienced investigator who lived in the saddle. The former Texas Ranger put together an undercover team that included a Native American agent. “They worked quickly and methodically. White pursued the case when many people believed the people they were pursuing were untouchable because they were white and the victims were Native Americans,” Grann says.

White was able to crack the murders of Mollie Burkhart’s family members, but many of the Osage killings remained unsolved. “Hoover was in a rush to close the case—really the case was closed prematurely,” Grann says. “The bureau didn’t reveal a deeper, darker conspiracy, and as a result many were able to escape justice.”

Workers strike oil in Osage territory. (Credit: David Grann)

In “Killers of the Flower Moon,” Grann picks up the case and reveals the even wider conspiracy in the Osage murders, which may have numbered in the hundreds. “There really was a culture of killing and a culture of complicity. That’s what makes these crimes so sinister and disturbing,” he says. “This really was about a clash of two civilizations, the emergence of modern law enforcement and how important it is to be a country of laws.

Unlike state and local investigators, Hoover’s agents provided the Osage with some relief from their “Reign of Terror”𠅋ut also a bill for more than $20,000 for their services. “That’s one of the more outrageous details,” Grann says. “They had to pay for justice.”


The 'Dungeons & Dragons is a mind game' defense

Most Dungeons & Dragons players will say there's nothing dangerous about it — unless you count the possibility of getting pizza sauce on your Player's Handbook, and in that case, the danger is very real. But in 1984, one player spoke out against D&D, and said it was responsible for leading him down the path that ended with the murder of 18-year-old Mary Towey.

According to the Associated Press, Darren Lee Molitor was 19 when he was convicted of killing Towey in 1985. He claimed that his trial had been unfair because he hadn't been able to enter D&D as a defense. According to him, D&D had taught him just how effective mind games were — and that's what he had intended to play with Towey.

He even wrote a whole essay on it (via The Escapist). He described rolling up a "newborn character" who would become real . in your head. The game was guided by a dungeon master (DM) he described as "god," claimed it was "a device of Satan to lure us away from God," and playing three to five times a week for up to eight hours at a time had accustomed him to the violence his character acted out in game. It sounds very similar to claims that would be made about video games years later, but the biggest, most shocking thing he wrote? The idea a game group could get together that often and for that long.


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D’Ante Smith, OT, East Carolina – NFL Draft Player Profile

Having boosted his NFL Draft stock at the Senior Bowl, can D’Ante Smith become the first East Carolina offensive tackle drafted since 2006?

Following an impressive performance at the Reese’s Senior Bowl, East Carolina offensive tackle D’Ante Smith has seen a dramatic boost in his 2021 NFL Draft stock. Can he become the first East Carolina offensive tackle to be drafted since Guy Whimper in the 2006 NFL Draft?

D’Ante Smith NFL Draft Profile

  • Position: Offensive Tackle
  • School: East Carolina
  • Current Year: Redshirt Senior
  • Height: 6’5 3/8″
  • Weight: 305 pounds
  • Wingspan: 85 1/5″
  • Arms: 35 1/4″
  • Hands: 10″

Tony Pauline’s D’Ante Smith Scouting Report

Positives: Three-year starter at left tackle who projects to guard in the NFL. Sets with a wide base, bends his knees, and stays square. Works his hands throughout the action, keeps his feet moving, and makes good use of angles as well as body positioning. Strong, anchors in pass protection and controls opponents once engaged in a block.

Very effective with his hands, jolts defenders with a punch, and keeps his head on a swivel. Plays with a nasty attitude and attacks defenders. Smooth and fluid getting out to the second level then seals linebackers from the action.

Negatives: Struggles adjusting and gets exploited by inside moves. On the ground too much, and must improve his blocking balance. Lacks quick and smooth footwork off the edge.

Analysis: Smith was a consistent lineman for East Carolina but will be best in confined quarters at the next level. He’s an offensive guard with possibilities in a zone-blocking scheme if he improves his balance and finishes his game.

D’Ante Smith Player Profile

A transfer from Laney High School in Augusta, D’Ante Smith began his path to the NFL Draft as a sophomore at Grovetown High School, Georgia. A mountain of a man, he was a heavyweight wrestler before hitting the football field. The strength gained in wrestling made him a mauler on the football field as a standout offensive tackle.

Smith’s performances for Grovetown began to give him notoriety. As a junior, he competed in the Central Savannah River Area Junior Bowl and the Georgia Elite Junior Classic. In 2015, he helped Georgia to a win over South Carolina in the CSRA Border Bowl. Furthermore, he was ranked as the second-best linemen at The Opening Combine in Atlanta.

An All-County, All-Area, and All-Region honoree as a junior and senior, Smith was ranked as a three-star recruit by 247 Sports. Despite getting attention in various events, he was ranked as just the 116th offensive tackle in the nation and the 131st ranked player in the state of Georgia.

Although he took an early recruiting visit to SEC powerhouse Georgia, his early offers came from smaller programs. He committed to Appalachian State in July 2015. However, coaching changes at East Carolina late in the process saw Smith flip his commitment to the Pirates following a January 2016 visit.

D’Ante Smith’s college football career at East Carolina

Much like his NFL Draft stock, D’Ante Smith’s college career got off to a slow start. Although he played in the season opener against Western Carolina, the East Carolina offensive tackle suffered a season-ending injury. The following year, he made five starts for the Pirates, four at left tackle and one at guard.

In his third year with the program, Smith made a major leap in his football career. Starting all 12 games at left tackle, he helped pass protect for an offense that ranked 20th in the nation in passing yards per game. The 2018 East Carolina offense had three 500-yard games. He provided leadership on the field, acting as a team captain in eight games.

D’Ante Smith continued to build momentum towards his NFL Draft stock in 2019

Once again starting all 12 games at left tackle, the offense ranked 22nd in the nation while allowing just 1.4 sacks per game. D’Ante Smith spent another eight games as a team captain. For the first time in his college career, he was recognized nationally. The East Carolina offensive tackle was named to the Phil Steele All-American Athletic Conference Third Team.

Unfortunately for both himself and the Pirates, Smith’s college career ended in much the same way it started. He started the season at left tackle. However, following an undisclosed injury, he wouldn’t suit up for the Pirates again. With two weeks left of the regular season, East Carolina offensive tackle D’Ante Smith declared for the 2021 NFL Draft.

Analyzing D’Ante Smith’s NFL Draft Profile

Despite starting every game from 2018-2019, D’Ante Smith’s NFL Draft stock really caught fire at the Senior Bowl.

He practiced across the offensive line, lining up at left tackle, guard, and even taking snaps at right tackle. He was impressive during one-on-one drills, winning reps against highly-regarded defensive linemen such as Miami’s Quincy Roche.

Even before hitting the practice field, Smith was one of the winners of the week purely based on measurements alone. He measured in a remarkable 20 pounds heavier than the weight listed by East Carolina.

With his frame as one concern, that is huge for D’Ante Smith’s NFL Draft stock. Another huge attribute is his arm measurement. Given that the perceived magic number for NFL offensive tackles is 34″, Smith’s 35 1/4″ measurement drew a lot of attention.

Length and mobility the key attributes for D’Ante Smith.

As it pertains to being an NFL Draft prospect, East Carolina offensive tackle D’Ante Smith obviously offers great length. He’s tall, long, and demonstrates an ability to use that length to keep defensive linemen at bay. He also showcases good hand use, with strong hands helping to force defensive linemen away from him. As a former wrestler, Smith exhibits a good understanding of leverage and showcases good footwork.

He also demonstrates excellent mobility. This helps him in pass protection as he is quick to get into his pass sets. Additionally, in the run game, he demonstrates an impressive ability to get out to the next level. His wrestling background has given him the “mauler” mentality, and there are plenty of examples on film of him finishing his assignment with a nasty streak.

What are some potential concerns with D’Ante Smith?

There are, of course, potential concerns with East Carolina offensive tackle D’Ante Smith as an NFL Draft prospect. As mentioned earlier, they start with his frame. Although he weighed in at 294 pounds at the Senior Bowl, he still possesses a lean frame. He could benefit to add maybe 10-15 pounds of muscle before he’s in consideration as an NFL offensive tackle. Luckily, he did this at his pro day.

One of the questions that teams will want answers to is around his injury history. Smith has now missed two full seasons due to injury. The injury in 2020 was never disclosed to the media, which raises concerns about the severity. He plays with a brace on both knees so is there an issue there?

Although Smith has shown impressive development between his early career and now, there are still too many examples on tape of Smith lunging at defensive linemen. This can lead to him losing his balance and ending up on the floor. He needs to consistently exhibit better body control and balance if he is to be a successful offensive lineman in the NFL.

D’Ante Smith’s best fits in the 2021 NFL Draft

The question is not so much what are the best fits for East Carolina offensive tackle D’Ante Smith in the 2021 NFL Draft, but what position might he play?

Smith could easily make a developmental tackle prospect with the potential to be an eventual starter. However, he looked best at the Senior Bowl when he was lined up inside. If he lands on a team that operates a zone-blocking scheme, that would make great use of his mobility in the run game.

In his latest big board for Pro Football Network, Tony Pauline lists him as a guard. Pauline ranks D’Ante Smith as the third-best guard prospect in this 2021 NFL Draft class. He also lists him as his 64th ranked overall prospect with a second-round grade.

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Oliver Hodgkinson is a staff writer for Pro Football Network. You can follow him on Twitter at @ojhodgkinson.


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