Lost L.A.

Hanging Trees: The Untold Story of Lynching in California

Clip: Season 2 | 10m 7s

What do Southern California’s hanging trees say about the region’s attitudes toward its bloody past? Some actual hanging trees survive, albeit in obscurity, like the oak in Orange County where Andres Pico’s posse hung two desperadoes from Juan Flores’ gang. Others of more dubious historicity, like the “Hangman’s Tree” in Knott’s Berry Farm, seem to romanticize a period marked by great violence.

Aired: 10/17/17

Rating: NR

Video has closed captioning.

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