A pair of brothers who work as doctors in Osage county. They are trusted members of the community, and are instrumental in conducting autopsies, administering treatments (one of their patients is the diabetic Mollie Burkhart), and weighing in on important matters—but are eventually revealed to be lackeys of Hale’s who have been obstructing justice and actually committing poisonings for years.
James and David Shoun Character Timeline in Killers of the Flower Moon
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Chapter 2: An Act of God or Man?
...God or man. Two doctors who often care for Mollie’s family—a pair of brothers named James and David Shoun—begin to perform an autopsy using primitive instruments and a makeshift table. They... (full context)
...with the Whitehorn murder, and sends a deputy to the ravine to collect evidence. The Shouns—the doctors—cannot not, however, find a bullet lodged in Anna’s brain, despite the absence of an... (full context)
Chapter 3: King of the Osage Hills
Chapter 7: This Thing of Darkness
...reduced to ash, and as dawn arrives, the justice of the peace, Mathis, and the Shoun brothers search alongside neighbors of the Smiths for bodies. Bill is found alive—but with his... (full context)
Chapter 10: Eliminating the Impossible
Chapter 14: Dying Words
Chapter 18: The State of the Game
...that Mollie believes someone is trying to poison her—perhaps through her insulin injections, which the Shoun brothers are administering—White becomes even more desperate to get Hale off the streets. (full context)
...poisoned. Mollie is taken to a hospital, where she immediately begins feeling better, and the Shoun brothers are brought in for questioning—they are evasive and deny any wrongdoing, and White is... (full context)
Chapter 26: Blood Cries Out
...Going over old documents with Webb, Grann realizes that he was likely poisoned by the Shoun brothers, the same men who botched Anna’s autopsy, covered for Hale, took hold of Rita’s... (full context)