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"Paddle" Scene in "Killers of the Flower Moon": Fiction or Reality?

"Paddle" Scene in "Killers of the Flower Moon": Fiction or Reality?!

Film depicts corporal punishment in Masonic lodge, but story behind scene is questioned.

In the film adaptation of "Killers of the Flower Moon," a controversial scene grabs viewers' attention: the moment when William Hale, played by Robert De Niro, administers corporal punishment to Ernest Burkhart, played by Leonardo DiCaprio, using a paddle in a Masonic lodge.

The scene, which occurs after a failed insurance scam, has sparked debates over its authenticity.

According to historical sources, the main antagonist, Bill Hale, was a 32nd Degree Scottish Mason, as evidenced by his original membership card. However, there are no records of him being subjected to corporal punishment in real life.

The film's production used a real 1924 Masonic lodge as a setting, adding a dramatic touch to the scene. However, historians point out that the "paddle" scene is a cinematic invention and does not reflect documented events.

While "Killers of the Flower Moon" continues to intrigue audiences with its compelling narrative, the portrayal of Freemasonry on screen raises questions about the fine line between fiction and reality.


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