The car used in the abduction and rape of Thalia Massie in
September 1931 in Hawaii. In
naval officer wife
Thalia Massie, accused five men of gang rape. After
the first trial
without a verdict,
Massie's husband, mother, and two US sailors
suspect, Joseph Kahahawai.
Buick sedan used in Kahahawai abduction (UPI)
Joe Kahahawai body being removed from the murder's car.
Evidence presented by authorities showed that Joseph Kahahawai
had been kidnapped,
shot to death, and wrapped in a bloody sheet.
Prosecutor John Kelley examines murder evidence (UPI)
Locals in Honolulu gather in the streets after hearing about the
murder of Joseph Kahahawai.
Front page of Honolulu Advertiser (1/9/1932), the day after murder.
The funeral for Joseph Kahahawai, who was murdered by Thomas
Massie. His mother and aunt
are seen in white leaving the church.
A funeral procession is held in Honolulu for Joseph Kahahawai,
who was murdered recently.
A crowd gathers outside a judiciary building for the "honor
slaying" trial centered around the
In September 1931,
naval officer wife Thalia Massie, accused five men of
After the first trial without a verdict, Massie's husband, mother,
and two US
sailors killed Joseph Kahahawai.
April 12, 1932.
Hundreds of Hawai'i residents and others tried to gain access to
during the Massie trial but were turned away.
Jury members in Joseph Kahahawai's murder trial broke from
deliberations at one point
to attend a baseball
game. The jury
refused to accept the racism embedded in the
arguments presented by
Hawaii Governor Lawrence Judd commutes the sentence of Lieutenant
Thomas H. Massie,
Mrs. Granville Fortescue, O.A. Lord, and Edward S.
Jones. May 10, 1932.
Horace Ida and David Takai are suspects in the Massie rape case.
Henry Chang and Benny Ahakuelo are suspects in the Massie rape
Horace Ida was beaten over a crime he didn't commit.
Joseph Kahahawai Jr. after his arrest in the alleged rape
of Thalia Massie.
Kahahawai was killed after a rape trial ended in hung jury.