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

By Mike Farris

Lies, homicide, and a mythical court docket 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 way 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 and 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 shield the vigilante killers. the result's an epic court conflict among Darrow and the Territory of Hawaii’s most sensible prosecutor, John C. Kelley, in a case that threatens to the touch off a race battle in Hawaii and ends up in one of many maximum miscarriages of justice in American history.

Written within the sort of a singular, yet meticulously following the historic checklist, A dying within the Islands weaves a narrative of lies, deception, psychological disorder, racism, revenge, and murder—a sequence of occasions within the Territory of Hawaii that just about tore aside the peaceable islands, reverberating from the tenements of Honolulu to the hallowed halls of Congress, and correct into the Oval place of work itself, and left a stain at the legacy of 1 of the best felony minds of all time.

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