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Excerpted from http://www.crimelibrary.com/notorious_murders/classics/brooke_hart/index.html

... In November 1933, Brooke Hart was abducted in broad daylight just yards away from his father's store. Alex J. Hart ran a profitable retail business, called L. Hart and Son Company, for generations. Brooke Hart, 22, was the heir apparent to take charge of the family business. He was young, ambitious and expected to become the leader of the next generation of Harts. Unfortunately, his family's wealth also made him a prime target for kidnapping. In November 1933, Brooke Hart was abducted in broad daylight just yards away from his father's store. ...

... The outrage over the killing of Brooke Hart was brewing like a hurricane in Santa Clara County. "Give them to us!" one man yelled. Sherriff Emig watched the men from the jail window. As soon as the crowd saw him, they reacted. "Give them up sheriff!" another demanded. "We'll take care of 'em!" "Turn them over! Hang the bastards!" they yelled. By 9:00 p.m. the mob had grown to over 5,000, most of who milled around St. James Park making noise, lighting fires and on occasion, tossing pieces of iron pipe, bottles and bricks toward the jail. Telephone wires had been destroyed so police had no way to call for reinforcements. ...

... Press people from the local newspapers snapped dozens of photographs and easily recognized many of their neighbors. For hours afterwards, people roamed through the park and children played nearby while the naked bodies of Thurmond and Holmes swayed in the gentle night breeze. ...

... Though many thousands witnessed the events of November 26, 1933 in San Jose, no one was ever convicted of any crime related to the lynchings of Thurmond and Holmes. ...

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Thomas Harold Thurmond

John "Jack" Holmes

The Crowd

Storming The Jail

Lynching

Lynching

 
 
 

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