Honor Killing: Race, Rape, and Clarence Darrow's Spectacular Last Case

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In the fall of 1931, Thalia Massie, the bored, aristocratic wife of a young naval officer stationed in Honolulu, accused six nonwhite islanders of gang rape. The ensuing trial let loose a storm of racial and sexual hysteria, but the case against the suspects was scant and the trial ended in a hung jury. Outraged, Thalia s socialite mother arranged the kidnapping and murder of one of the suspects. In the spectacularly publicized trial that followed, Clarence Darrow came to Hawai i to defend Thalia s mother, a sorry epitaph to a noble career.

It is one of the most sensational criminal cases in American history, Stannard has rendered more than a lurid tale.One hundred and fifty years of oppression came to a head in those sweltering courtrooms.In the face of overwhelming intimidation from a cabal of corrupt military leaders and businessmen, various people involved with the case the judge, the defense team, the jurors, a newspaper editor, and the accused themselves refused to be cowed. Their moral courage united the disparate elements of the non-white community and galvanized Hawai i s rapid transformation from an oppressive white-run oligarchy to the harmonic, multicultural American state it became.

Honor Killing is a great true crime story worthy of Dominick Dunne both a sensational read and an important work of social history

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Honor Killing In 1951 an aristocrat accused five nonwhite men of gang rape. When the trial ended in a hung jury, her mother arranged for one of the suspects to be murdered. The ensuing trial, Clarence Darrow's last, exposed the shocking realities of a Hawaiian "paradise." Full description

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Combines superb courtroom drama with a sweeping view of a lush world fed by unfettered power and clamorous racism. ("New York Daily News") First-rate history that works as a true-crime thriller and as a social and political history. (Bryan Burrough, coauthor of "Barbarians at the Gate" and author of "Public Enemies") Part true-crime thriller, part social history, and an absolute ?page-turner? ("Chicago Tribune")

"Combines superb courtroom drama with a sweeping view of a lush world fed by unfettered power and clamorous racism." New York Daily News

"First-rate history that works as a true-crime thriller and as a social and political history." Bryan Burrough, coauthor of Barbarians at the Gate and author of Public Enemies

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