Honor Killing: Race, Rape, and Clarence Darrow's Spectacular by David E. Stannard

By David E. Stannard

within the fall of 1931, Thalia Massie, the bored, aristocratic spouse of a tender naval officer stationed in Honolulu, accused six nonwhite islanders of gang rape. the consequent trial set free a hurricane of racial and sexual hysteria, however the case opposed to the suspects used to be scant and the trial led to a hung jury. Outraged, Thalia’s socialite mom prepared the abduction and homicide of 1 of the suspects. within the spectacularly publicized trial that undefined, Clarence Darrow got here to Hawai’i to safeguard Thalia’s mom, a sorry epitaph to a noble career.

it truly is some of the most sensational felony instances in American background, Stannard has rendered greater than a lurid tale. One hundred and fifty years of oppression got here to a head in these sweltering courtrooms. In the face of overwhelming intimidation from a cabal of corrupt army leaders and businessmen, numerous humans concerned with the case—the pass judgement on, the security workforce, the jurors, a newspaper editor, and the accused themselves—refused to be cowed. Their ethical braveness united the disparate components of the non-white neighborhood and galvanized Hawai’i’s speedy transformation from an oppressive white-run oligarchy to the harmonic, multicultural American country it became.  

Honor Killing is a smart precise crime tale important of Dominick Dunne—both a sensational learn and a big paintings of social history

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