By Elaine Marie Alphin
Used to be an blameless guy wrongly accused of homicide? On April 26, 1913, thirteen-year-old Mary Phagan deliberate to satisfy buddies at a parade in Atlanta, Georgia. yet first she stopped on the pencil manufacturing facility the place she labored to choose up her paycheck. Mary by no means left the construction alive. A black watchman came upon Mary's physique brutally overwhelmed and raped. Police arrested the watchman, yet they were not chuffed that he was once the killer. Then they paid a trip to Leo Frank, the factory's superintendent, who was once either a northerner and a Jew. Spurred on by means of the media frenzy and prejudices of the time, the detectives made Frank their leading suspect, one whose conviction might soothe the city's anger over the loss of life of a tender white woman. The prosecution of Leo Frank was once front-page information for 2 years, and Frank's lynching continues to be some of the most debatable incidents of the 20th century. It marks a turning aspect within the background of racial and non secular hatred in the USA, top on to the founding of the Anti-Defamation League and to the rebirth of the fashionable Ku Klux Klan. counting on basic resource records and painstaking learn, award-winning novelist Elaine Alphin tells the genuine tale of justice undone in the United States.
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Left to right: Ollie Mae Phagan, Mary’s sister; Fannie Phagan Coleman, her mother; J. W. Coleman, her stepfather; Ben Phagan, her brother; and Lizzie Marietta Durham, her aunt. But according to the Monday evening and Tuesday morning editions of the newspapers, nothing was under control. Both the Georgian and the Constitution warned their readers that police claimed they were working around the clock to discover the identity of Mary Phagan’s killer but without success. The papers offered new rewards for any additional information.
Oh, God, I cannot see how even the devil himself could do such a thing. “ I Could tell it was blood by looking at it” 33 Arrest Fourteen-year-old Alonzo Mann worked as an office boy at the National Pencil Company. One of his jobs was to bring his boss the morning newspaper. Britt Craig’s article on the front page of the Tuesday Constitution predicted that Leo Frank would be arrested before the day was over. Alonzo recalled, “I cried when I read the paper before I gave it to Frank. Frank talked to me, telling me always [to] be good as he was in life and that way it would always work out right.
Soon Atlanta erupted with rumors that Lucille had never come to visit Leo because she knew he was guilty, that she had been in the process of divorcing him at the time of Mary’s murder, and that only large sums of money had persuaded her to stay by his side. ” 36 A n un s pe akable C rim e She explained: I went to the police station and begged to see him. Think of the tender solicitude for me in begging me not to come to his cell. He knew he was innocent; I knew he was innocent; he expected to be out without delay; he didn’t want me to see him behind bars.
An Unspeakable Crime. The Prosecution and Persecution of Leo Frank by Elaine Marie Alphin