High Society dame brings violence & troubles to Paradise - One of the chapters in the PBS series "American Experience", the Massie Affair is a documentary told by various Hawaiian historians. It describes the events of 1931 that led up to the murder of a man accused of rape, and what happens (and does not happen) to the two groups accused of violent crimes. Another part of this story is the history of the Hawaiian islands, and the racial tension that had been present since the "haoles" had arrived, along with the early explorers and later, the U.S. soldiers. It is all told matter-of-factly, by the historians and by the relatives of the people who played a part in the actual events. Sometimes shown on PBS television, it is also available on DVD. A fascinating, frustrating story, which proves that fact is stranger than fiction. Written and directed by Mark Zwonitzer, who has done several documentaries for PBS.
For more information on Clarence Darrow, the renowned attorney who defended the cold-hearted, remorse-less killer, check out wikipedia.org. He had been a part of several history-making, high profile cases.
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