A Death in the Islands: The Unwritten Law and the Last Trial by Mike Farris

By Mike Farris

Lies, homicide, and a mythical court conflict threaten to rip aside the Territory of Hawaii.

In September of 1931, Thalia Massie, a tender naval lieutenant’s spouse, claims to were raped by means of 5 Hawaiian males in Honolulu. Following a hung jury within the rape trial, Thalia’s mom, socialite Grace Fortescue, and husband, besides sailors, kidnap one of many accused in an try to coerce a confession. once they are stuck after killing him and attempting to unload his physique within the ocean, Mrs. Fortescue’s society buddies bring up adequate funds to rent seventy-four-year-old Clarence Darrow out of retirement to protect the vigilante killers. the result's an epic court docket conflict among Darrow and the Territory of Hawaii’s best prosecutor, John C. Kelley, in a case that threatens to the touch off a race warfare in Hawaii and ends up in one of many maximum miscarriages of justice in American history.

Written within the kind of a unique, yet meticulously following the ancient list, A loss of life within the Islands weaves a narrative of lies, deception, psychological ailment, racism, revenge, and murder—a sequence of occasions within the Territory of Hawaii that almost tore aside the peaceable islands, reverberating from the tenements of Honolulu to the hallowed halls of Congress, and correct into the Oval workplace itself, and left a stain at the legacy of 1 of the best criminal minds of all time.

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