Thalia Massie (Fortescue) (1911 - 1963)

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About Thalia Massie (Fortescue)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thalia_Massie

Thalia Fortescue Massie (1911–1963) was a member of a socially prominent family who became the genesis of a series of heavily publicized trials in Hawaii.


Family life


Thalia Fortescue was born February 14, 1911 in Washington, DC. Her mother was Grace Hubbard Fortescue (1883–1979) and father was Granville Roland Fortescue (1875–1952). She married Navy lieutenant Thomas Hedges Massie (1905–1987) who was stationed at Pearl Harbor.


The cases


Main article: Massie Trial http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Massie_Trial


In September, 1931, Thalia Massie was found by a passing car, driven by Eustace Bellinger, wandering along Ala Moana Road in Honolulu at about 1 am on a Sunday morning. She had been beaten and had suffered a broken jaw after being abducted while leaving a party at a nearby Japanese Tea House. When questioned by Bellinger and his passenger George Clark, Jr., she stated that a group of 5 or 6 Hawaiian boys had assaulted her. Later at the hospital she claimed to police that she had been raped as well as assaulted, although the evidence did not entirely support the rape claim.


Subsequently, five young men, Horace Ida, Henry Chang, Joseph Kahahawai, Benny Ahakuelo, and David Takai, two of Hawaiian ancestry, two of Japanese ancestry, and one of half Chinese/Hawaiian ancestry were initially arrested for assaulting a Hawaiian woman, Agnes Peeples, earlier that same night and they were later charged with the rape of Massie. Joseph Kahahawai, a boxer, admitted to the earlier assault on Peeples, whom he had slugged and knocked over during a road rage incident at King and Liliha Streets, but all defendants denied having been involved in the assault on Mrs. Massie. The men were represented by two of the foremost criminal lawyers in the islands, William Heen and William B. Pittman, and the mixed race jury deadlocked along racial lines. The five defendants were released on bail to await retrial at a later date.


Thalia's mother, Grace Fortescue, was deeply disturbed by the release of the defendants and many U.S. Navy personnel at Pearl Harbor were outraged. A short time later, Joseph Kahahawai was abducted when leaving the courthouse after a probation hearing and was found shot dead in the back seat of Grace Fortescue's car. Defended by attorney Clarence Darrow, of the Scopes Monkey Trial fame, Fortescue, Thalia's husband Thomas Massie, and two Navy sailors were eventually tried and convicted of manslaughter in the death of Kahahawai. Originally sentenced to 10 years, their sentence was commuted to one hour in the executive chambers of Governor Lawrence Judd of the Territory of Hawaii.


The commutation of Fortescue's sentence was perceived by native Hawaiians and other citizens as a gross miscarriage of justice in the Territory. Thalia's dubious claim of rape and the subsequent events were seminal in strengthening the labor-union movement in Hawaii and in inspiring concerned citizens to form the Hawaii Democratic Party.


Thomas and Thalia Massie divorced on February 23, 1934 in Reno, Nevada. Thalia died of an overdose of barbiturate pills in Palm Beach, Florida on July 3, 1963.

https://www.hawaiianhistory.org/getting-away-with-murder-the-massie-case/

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Thalia Fortescue

MyHeritage family trees 2010 A Family Tree Or Is It Briar Patch EJY in A Family Tree Or Is it A Briar Patch You Tell Me 2011, managed by Emma Jean Legg (Contact)

Birth: Feb 14 1911 - Washington, DC

Death: July 3 1963 - Palm Beach, FL

Parents: Granville Roland Fortescue, Grace Hubbard Fortescue (born Bell)

Ex-husband: Thomas Massie

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Thalia Fortescue

MyHeritage family trees 2010 A Family Tree Or Is It A Briar Patch EJY in A Family Tree Or Is it A Briar Patch You Tell Me 2011, managed by Emma Jean Legg (Contact)

Birth: Feb 14 1911 - Washington, DC

Death: July 3 1963 - Palm Beach, FL

Parents: Granville Roland Fortescue, Grace Hubbard Fortescue (born Bell)

Ex-husband: Thomas Massie

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Thalia Massie Gesch Uptigrove (born Fortescue)

MyHeritage family trees Repgen Rolf Peter in Familienseite, managed by Rolf Peter Repgen

Birth: 1911

Death: July 2 1963 - Florida USA

Parents: Granville Roland Fortescue, Grace Fortescue (geb. Bell)

Siblings: Marion Viskniskki, "Rion" (geb. Fortescue), Kenyon Reynolds, "Helen" (geb. Fortescue)

Ex-husband: Robert Uptigrove

Husband: Thomas Hedges Massie

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Thalia Bell Fortescue

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Birth: Feb 14 1911 - Washington, DC

Death: July 2 1963 - Palm Springs Co, FL

Parents: Granville Roland Fortescue, Grace Hubbard Fortescue (born Bell)

Siblings: Marion Viskniskki (born Fortescue), Helene Reynolds (born Fortescue)

Ex-partner: <Private> Uptigrove

Ex-husband: Thomas Hedges Massie

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Thalia Massie Gesch Uptigrove (born Fortescue)

MyHeritage family trees Repgen Apr 2013 in Familienseite, managed by Rolf Peter Repgen

Birth: 1911

Death: July 2 1963 - Florida USA

Parents: Granville Roland Fortescue, Grace Fortescue (geb. Bell)

Siblings: Marion Viskniskki, "Rion" (geb. Fortescue), Kenyon Reynolds, "Helen" (geb. Fortescue)

Ex-husband: Robert Uptigrove

Husband: Thomas Hedges Massie

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"thalia" Grace Bell Fortescue-massie-uptigrove

MyHeritage family trees Social Register in Ante Raic, managed by Ante Raic (Contact)

Birth: Feb 14 1911

Death: July 2 1963

Parents: Granville Roland "Rolly" Fortescue, Grace Roland Hubbard Fortescue (born Bell)

Siblings: "Rion" Marion Viskniskki (born Fortescue-Viskniskki), "Helen" Kenyon Reynolds (born Fortescue-Reynolds)

Ex-husband: Thomas Hadges Massie