Race, Rape, and Clarence Darrow's Spectacular Last Case
In 1931 Hawai‘i, Thalia Massie, the aristocratic wife of a naval officer, accused five nonwhite men of gang rape. When the trial ended in a hung jury, Thalia’s mother arranged for one of the suspects to be murdered—an act sanctioned by sympathetic whites as an “honor killing.” The ensuing murder trial, Clarence Darrow’s last, enthralled the nation and exposed the shocking realities of a Hawaiian “paradise.” This is the riveting story behind one of the pivotal scandals of American history.
1. Nothing but Trouble
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)
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