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Alexander Joseph Hart, Sr
Birth: Jul. 23, 1869, USA
Death: Jun. 23, 1943
San Jose
Santa Clara County
California, USA

Businessman. Owner of the Hart's Department store. Their first child, Brooke L. Hart, was kidnapped on November 9, 1933 while on his way home. A $40,000.00 ransom call was received by his sister Aleese at their home that evening. John M. Holmes and Thomas H. Thurmond were arrested for the kidnapping and murder. They had killed him within an hour of after the abduction when he was dumped into the San Francisco Bay from the San Mateo Bridge after they robbed him, hit him with a brick, wrapped him in wire and weighted down the body with concrete. Both Thurmond and Holmes were taken by a mob at midnight on November 27, 1933, and lynched for the kidnapping and killing of Hart. The body of Brooke L. Hart was recovered near the San Mateo Bridge on November 26, 1933. In 1936, Metro Goldwyn Mayer released "Fury" starring Spencer Tracy, the script was based on these terrible events at San Jose three years earlier. The film received an Oscar nomination for Best Story. Husband of Anntoinette "Nettie" E. Brooke, and father of Brooke Leopold, Mariam, Aleese and Alexander Joseph Hart, Jr. (bio by: Debbie) 
 
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 Spouse:
  Anntonette E. "Nettie" Brooke Hart (1892 - 1943)*
 
 Children:
  Brooke Leopold Hart (1911 - 1933)*
  Alexander Joseph Hart (1920 - 2010)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Oak Hill Memorial Park
San Jose
Santa Clara County
California, USA
 
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Originally Created by: Debbie
Record added: Feb 10, 2006
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Alexander Joseph Hart, Sr
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Alexander Joseph Hart, Sr
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