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-1Anthony Cataldi, the owner of the Metro Plaza in downtown San Jose, died yesterday at his Saratoga home after battling cancer. He was 75. Cataldi leaves behind conflicting legacies. By many accounts, Cataldi, who grew up on the orchard farms in Berryessa area, was a prominent businessman and investor who devoted much of his resources to enhancing his hometown. He was a pivotal figure in the rapid development of San Jose's business district throughout the 1960s and 70s. But Cataldi also holds another, more notorious place in San Jose history. On November 26, 1933, Jack Holmes and Harold Thurman were lynched in St. James Park. Just days later, Cataldi told United Press reporter Robert C. Elliot that he was the one who organized the mob, and that he had even furnished the rope from which Holmes and Thurman were hanged. Cataldi's confession was front page news. "I decided to organize a necktie party," Cataldi boastfully told Elliot. "I went out to my father's ranch on Capitol Avenue and got some rope for the hanging." "Then I went all over town... and passed out the word: "we're going to have a lynching at the jail at 11 o'clock tonight." Cataldi was arrested two weeks later. Although he neither denied giving the account to Elliot nor questioned its accuracy, Cataldi quickly recounted his confession and provided an alibi. He spent nearly three months in police custody before Judge Chester Moore dismissed the charges, letting Cataldi walk away a free man. To
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  • Rotary International, Santa Clara County, California, San Jose, California, Santa Clara University, Downtown San Jose, -1Anthony Cataldi

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