Sites of mob attacks and lynchings in San Jose, California, and St.Joseph, Missouri.
San Jose California USA Date:1933 Duration:2 min 36 sec Sound:Yes
Crowd gathered in front of the Jailhouse in San Jose, California, where a mob of thousands had broken in and seized prisoners Thomas Thurmond and John Holmes, who had reportedly confessed to the kidnapping and murder of Brooke Hart, son of Alexander Hart, the owner of Leopold Hart and Son Department Store. The mob had taken the two and lynched them, in St. James Park, across the street. Under-sheriff Hamilton, is interviewed and states that they held the mob off until they ran out of tear gas, and then didn't shoot, because of women and children. View of many people and cars outside, as seen through cell windows inside the prison. One of the prison inmates, testifies about seeing the mob break into the prison and make their way to the third floor. View of the St. James Park, where many people are seen gathered beneath its palm trees. Camera focuses on trees where the prisoners were hanged. California Governor,James Rolph, Jr., makes a statement tantamount to condoning the lynchings. The film shifts to a new location, in Missouri, where, On November 28, 1933, a crowd of 7-thousand broke into the Buchanan County Jail, St. Joseph, Missouri, to seize and lynch a negro charged with criminal assault. The mob overpowered defending police officers and members of the 35th Tank Company, Missouri National Guard. One of tank company's six ton M1917 light tanks parked in front of the prison. View of broken steel prison door and battering ram used by the mob. Wrecked interior of the prison quarters. People posing near a broken prison steel door.
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