Swift Justice: Murder & Vengeance In A California Town

Swift Justice: Murder & Vengeance In A California Town

Harry Farrell / Aug 23, 2019

Swift Justice Murder Vengeance In A California Town In a nightmare shook the quiet town of San Jose California when a young man named Brooke Hart was abducted while leaving his father s department store In the days that followed the Harts loc

  • Title: Swift Justice: Murder & Vengeance In A California Town
  • Author: Harry Farrell
  • ISBN: 9780312089016
  • Page: 140
  • Format: Paperback
  • In 1933, a nightmare shook the quiet town of San Jose, California, when a young man named Brooke Hart was abducted while leaving his father s department store In the days that followed, the Harts, local and state police, and J Edgar Hoover s FBI scrambled to outwit the kidnappers, whose demands kept them at bay until they and Brook Hart s murder were at last discoveredIn 1933, a nightmare shook the quiet town of San Jose, California, when a young man named Brooke Hart was abducted while leaving his father s department store In the days that followed, the Harts, local and state police, and J Edgar Hoover s FBI scrambled to outwit the kidnappers, whose demands kept them at bay until they and Brook Hart s murder were at last discovered.Then the unthinkable A band of vigilantes stormed the San Jose jail and hanged the two criminals in the town square as ten thousand watched The next day the governor hailed the lynching as a fine lesson The San Jose lynching, which divided the nation and haunts the city still, is a chilling tale of fear, fury, and the collapse of justice of a small American paradise turned inferno.

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    1. Swift Justice is the dissection of a double-headed atrocity: the kidnapping and horrific murder of Brooke Hart, and the equally horrific lynching of his murderers by the citizens of San Jose. It's compelling, cleanly-written, and even-handed. Farrell offers as many perspectives as he can and is clearly doing his best not to pass judgment on the choices and ambiguous motivations that allowed the lynching to happen.There isn't really much doubt that Jack Holmes and Harold Thurmond murdered Brooke [...]


    2. I recently had the unique experience of attending the San Jose’s Tabard Theater’s production of the newly adapted play based on the 1933 lynching of the two men accused of kidnaping and killing Brooke Hart, heir to Harts Department Store. The play was based on this book written by Harry Farrell, a reporter for the San Jose paper - the Mercury News. After having had my interest seduced by this fascinating play, I wanted to read more complex details of this San Jose history. Since this book is [...]


    3. It has actually been awhile since I read this book but being from San Jose the story has been lodged in my mind for years. Although a tragic story, I enjoyed the way Farrell wrote about the kidnapping and murder from beginning to end. Some of the photos are somewhat graphic in nature but it helps the reader to understand the full effect of what happened to both Brooke and his murderers. It's definitely a must read if you're into true crime and history.


    4. This is true crime and might not be for everybody but this is part of the history of my hometown and I can remember shopping at Hart's department store downtown San Jose as a child. This made me want to go to Oak Hills and put a flower on Brooke Hart's grave.


    5. This should be essential reading for anyone interested in Bay Area history . Lynch law does not confine itself to any one area of the country


    6. EExcellent reporting of the killing of Brooke Hart for the purpose of trying to get ransom money from his wealthy family. This attempt failed and resulted in the public lynching of the two perpetrators.


    7. This book came highly recommended by my Grampy and he even let me borrow his copy. It is a local reporter's findings about a kidnapping / murder that took place in San Jose, CA (where we live) in the 1930s and the author/reporter's investigation took place in the 1980s. It was so neat to read about places and streets that I actually know and have been to or walked on. The young man who was kidnapped even attended the same university I did. The reason I enjoyed the book so much was definitely bec [...]


    8. The story of the Brooke Hart kidnapping and murder in 1933 was the sensation of not only San Jose, California, but of the entire country at a time when kidnapping for ransom was becoming the crime of choice among brazen criminals. This book was written in 1992, but as far as I know, there isn’t another book which so thoroughly examines this case.Brooke Hart was a 22-year-old who had just been made vice-president of the department store his father owned in downtown San Jose. He was abducted and [...]


    9. Farrel covers the horrible 1933 kidnapping, murder, and lynching in San Jose, California. He captured the culture, geography, and Great Depression. While the details differ from 2016, society's behavior still reeks of mob mentality. Fortunately, there's still good behavior too. "When the young man and the old shook hands on the deal, they set in motion a chain of events that would bring about three homicides, devastate three families, inflame San Jose and blacken its name, spawn an effort to imp [...]


    10. Excellent true-crime book detailing the kidnapping/murder of Brooke Hart, heir to the Hart's Department Store chain in San Jose, California. Hart's kidnapping occurred just months after the famous "Lindberg baby" kidnapping and Farrell points out that in the 1930's kidnapping wealthy citizens was viewed as an easy way to make money in the depths of the Great Depression. Hart's kidnappers bungled their chance at collecting anything when they killed Brooke and tossed his body into San Francisco Ba [...]


    11. This happening was truly a tragedy in a tragic time. The young heir to a department store in San Jose,California was abducted and put to death by two unsavory individuals in1933. After the two had been apprehended and placed in prison,the tragedy was extended by their being forcefullyremoved from the prison and lynched in a park in the heart of town. No one was ever convicted of their lynching because of a conspiracy of silence which still exists.I,especially found the book fascinating because I [...]


    12. i great non-fiction story on a piece of San Jose history. The focus is the kidnapping and ultimate death of a local department store heir. The author was a local newspaper reporter and he describes the subsequent arrest of the 2 perpetrators and their imprisonment in the local jail. The news of their arrest was well known and the jail was stormed by a bunch of vigilantes who pulled the criminals into a local park and lynched them.


    13. Account of the 1933 lynching of the two men accused of kidnaping and killing Brooke Hart heir to Harts Department Store in San Jose. Written by Harry Farrell who wrote for the local San Jose paper - the Mercury News. If you have an interest in San Jose (CA) history, this book is a "must read". Did they do it? Who knows!


    14. A very impressive book. Farrell's writing style is gripping. This book is very well researched. The details are incredible. He documents the names of a lot of the people involved, as well as times, dates, and places. I'd find it hard to believe there are many errors in Farrell's facts and his insights are persuasive.


    15. A gripping true story of the Brooke Hart kidnapping in San Jose in the 30's and subsequent lynching of the perpetrators, published in 1992. Very well researched and written, particularly fascinating as a crime in my local area. A fascinating, emotional and terrifying chain of events with great insight by the author made a very compelling read.


    16. One of the best true crime books ever. Department store heir Brooke Hart was kidnapped and murdered in 1933. The subsequent lynching of his murderers, Harold Thurmond and John Holmes (the last public lynching in California), is a case study of Depression-era San Jose. Outstanding book by a long-time reporter for the S.J. Murky News.


    17. Extremely well written true crime story that is so good, it reads like fiction. Yes, it's about something that happened in my home town (San Jose), and it's really quite shocking. But it's compelling.


    18. It's probably not fair to say I "read" this book. It's better to say I skimmed it and very much enjoyed the history lesson. I'm not one for non-fiction, but since I lived and went to school right where this happened, it was fun to picture the area as I read.


    19. Extremely well-written and researched account of the kidnapping and murder of Brooke Hart as well as the subsequent lynching of the perpetrators, which took place in San Jose in 1933, two blocks from my current residence.


    20. A great story about the last lynching in California. It took place in the park in San Jose and I'm almost certain my grandparents were in that mob. I wish they were still alive so I could ask them. Highly recommended. I read it for a book club.




    21. Came across this book and had to read it because I was born in San Jose, CA and grew up in the area. Interesting story.


    22. It was good for people who have some connection to the town/events. I enjoyed it and passed it on to a cousin who lived in San Jose and knew the story.


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