In 1931, the Hawaii Hochi and the Nippu Jiji
had many readers and included sections in English
for Japanese who were second generation in Hawai‘i.
“You wen read da Hochi? Dey came up wit some good questions.“
“No make sense, yeah. How come had plenny witness
who saw all da suspects far away from da crime scene
when da rape happen?“
“No make sense. No mo even evidence dat da lady was in dea car.
And her dress stay in good condition.“
“Funny kine. Even had one haole guy walking behind her da time of da rape.“
“Dey no mo any odda suspects? Cuz sound like dese guys neva do nothing.“
Advertiser editorials claimed that Hawai‘i was unsafe for women.
Both the Advertiser and the Star-Bulletin published articles
that assumed all suspects were guilty.
Thalia’s name was missing
from the Advertiser and Star-Bulletin for months,
but photos with names and addresses
of all suspects were included in the papers.
Although the trial did not start,
there already was a difference
in what people in Hawai‘i thought of this case
based on race.