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What is the series based on


I am watching this series as I write this and am interested to know - what event is this based upon? I am presuming it is based on a true story and I would be interested in finding out more about it.

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It's based on the infamous Massey Case. Unfortunately, they have taken too much poetic license; when the factual case is so powerful on it's own (much like Michael Bay's version of Pearl Harbor). If you ever visit Honolulu, they have tours of the court room, and even re-try the case during the course of the afternoon. It was an important milestone in the history of Hawaii -- the repercussions have been felt for many years since the tragedy.

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American Experience on PBS is currently (4/18/05) a documentary on the Massey case. I immediately remembered this miniseries from the 80s and came here to look it up. Good miniseries and the documentary is good thus far.

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There are a number of books on the Massie case as well...

The original rape/assault trial ended with a hung jury and the trial of Thalia's mother and husband were held at the building that is Supreme Courtbuilding behind the Statue of King Kamehameha I.

There is a Judiciary History Center on the first floor and one of the courtrooms has been redone to represent that era.

They are currently developing a display on the Massie trial.

Raye

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Good film anyway and would love to catch that American Experience Doc. to add along with my copy of the film.

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Thalia Massey was crazy, but crazier was her mother. I read a book on this trial earlier this year that uses actual facts, as well as police and court transpcripts.
Massey eventually died of a drug over dose in the mainland. Till this day, I still don't believe these accused innocent men have had rightful justice.

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The truth is that they were Japanese-Americans, not Hawaiian-Americans. Also, one of them was killed by a group of sailors organized by Thalia Massey's weakling husband and her crazy mother. They were defended by Clarence Darrow, who needed money at the time, and got them off. The TV movie makes it look like the good guys won, but they didn't. Even though the wrongly accused Japanese-Americans were not convicted, they were never cleared either. It is now believed Thalia Massey, a drunken slut married to a weak-kneed US Navy officer, sneaked away with another officer who slapped her around because he didn't like her come-on games. She wasn't found by the innocent men, but claimed she was attacked by them to save her already unsavory reputation.

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The truth is that they were Japanese-Americans, not Hawaiian-Americans.

Um, no they werent.

Two were of Japanese decent, one was of Chinese decent, and two (including Kahahawai) were of native Hawaiian decent.

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I stand corrected, but in the real case, the "victim" claimed they were all Hawaiians, and Japanese and Chinese look nothing like native Hawaiians. She had lived in Hawaii long enough to know that. The point still stands - she lied, and the true guilty parties got away with it. The real "victim" was a worthless woman who was more probably roughed up by a lover, a white USN officer. Different sources provide different information. Thank you for the correction.

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