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Brooke Leopold Hart
Birth: Jun. 11, 1911
San Jose
Santa Clara County
California, USA
Death: Nov. 9, 1933
Alameda County
California, USA

Kidnapping and Murder Victim. He was kidnapped and held for $40,000 ransom. His family owned the Hart Department Store in San Jose, California. A massive manhunt led conclusively to Thomas Harold Thurmond. After six hours of interrogation, he named his accomplice, John M. Holmes. They fessed up to murdering Brooke with a piece of concrete, and indicated where they had dropped the body into the San Francisco Bay. The body was found seventeen days later. Outraged by the crime, a group of vigilantes stormed the San Jose jail and hanged the two criminals in the town square as thousands watched. (bio by: Laurie) 
Family links: 
  Alexander Joseph Hart (1869 - 1943)
  Anntonette E. "Nettie" Brooke Hart (1892 - 1943)
  Brooke Leopold Hart (1911 - 1933)
  Alexander Joseph Hart (1920 - 2010)*
*Calculated relationship
Oak Hill Memorial Park
San Jose
Santa Clara County
California, USA
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Originally Created by: Laurie
Record added: Mar 27, 2004
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