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