Podgers, James
October 2006
ABA Journal;Oct2006, Vol. 92 Issue 10, p64
This article offers a look at the role played by the Massie case in the transformation of race relations in Hawaii. In 1931, Thalia Massie, wife of U.S. Navy, claimed she had been abducted and raped by five young Hawaiian men. Even though the case against the men was weak, they were charged with rape. Even as prosecutors pledged to retry the defendants, Thalia's mother and husband took matters into their own hands. The subsequent murder trial was every bit as sensational as the earlier rape trial.


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