Husband of Minola McKnight Describes Movements of Frank

Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case. Atlanta ConstitutionAugust 2nd, 1913 Albert McKnight, colored, the husband of Minola McKnight, who made a startling affidavit for the police in regard to circumstances at the Frank home on the night of the murder, followed Febuary to the stand. “What is your wife’s name?” the Continue Reading →

Magnolia “Minola” McKnight, State’s Exhibit J, June 3, 1913, Leo Frank Admission Amounting to Alleged (Hearsay) Murder Confession Number 2

Meet the Selig Household Servant: Chapter Entitled “The Black Magnolia” Another shocking crescendo occurred within five weeks of the three-month long Mary Phagan murder investigation and pretrial discovery. After the police were tipped off with what amounted to second, third, and fourth hand reports about the African American Albert McKnight concerning alleged conversations revealed to him by his common-law wife, Continue Reading →

Sensational Affidavit Made by Minola M’Knight, Negro Cook at Home of L. M. Frank

Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case. Atlanta Journal Wednesday, June 4th, 1913 In This Affidavit Minola Tells of Conversation That Occurred Between Mrs. Frank and Mrs. Selig, In Which Mrs. Frank Is Alleged to Have Said Frank Was Drinking on Night of Tragedy, and That He Wanted a Pistol to Kill Continue Reading →

Clashes Between Lawyers Mark Effort to Impeach Negro Cook

Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case. Atlanta ConstitutionAugust 20th, 1913 E. H. Pickett, an employee of the Beck & Gregg Hardware company, and the man mentioned by Roy Craven on the witness stand, was next put up as a witness for the state. He corroborated what Craven said and through him the state Continue Reading →

Chronological Table of Frank’s Actions on Day of Murder

Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case. Atlanta ConstitutionAugust 22nd, 1913 This is the chronological table of Frank’s actions on the date of the murder which was displayed in chart form yesterday afternoon during Attorney Arnold’s speech:  7:30 a.m.—Minola McKnight. 8:26 a.m.—Frank arrives at factory. Sees Holloway, Alonzo Mann and Roy Irby. Continue Reading →

Arnold Ridicules Plot Alleged by Prosecution And Attacks the Methods Used by Detective

Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case. Atlanta ConstitutionAugust 22nd, 1913 When Attorney Frank A. Hooper had made the opening speech of the prosecution, Attorney Reuben R. Arnold prepared for the first speech of the defense. It had been announced that he would review the entire history of the case and when he started Continue Reading →

Sideboard in Leo Frank’s Home Moved, Asserts Husband of Cook

Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case. Atlanta ConstitutionAugust 20th, 1913 Albert McKnight, husband of Minola McKnight, the negro cook for the family of Emil Selig, with whom Leo Frank and his wife made their home, was introduced to the stand following E. H. Pickett. Mr. Hooper drew from the negro the statement that Continue Reading →

Starnes Tells How Affidavit From Negro Cook Was Secured

Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case. Atlanta ConstitutionAugust 21st, 1913 John Starnes, prosecutor of Leo Frank, was put up to tell about the Minola McKnight affidavit. “Did you Investigate the scuttle hole around the elevator? was Dorsey’s first question. An objection by the defense was overruled. “See any blood spots there? “No.” “Now, Continue Reading →

State is Hard Hit by Judge Ruling Barring Evidence Attacking Frank

Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case. Atlanta ConstitutionAugust 20th, 1913 Court Rules Out All Specific Acts of immorality Charged to Prisoner, Despite Vigorous Fight Made by Solicitor Hugh Dorsey, Who Had Called Many Witnesses to Prove His Character Bad. DR. SAMUEL BENEDICT COMES TO THE DEFENSE OF DR. ROY F. HARRIS State Makes Continue Reading →

Says Frank Broke Baseball Date Shortly After Girl Was Killed

Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case. Atlanta ConstitutionAugust 16th, 1913 Annie Hicks, a maid in the home of Charles Ersenbach, testified to having received a telephone call from Frank to Ersenbach, breaking a ball game engagement for the afternoon of April 26. “Do you recall Memorial day?”“Yes, sir.” “Did you get a telephone Continue Reading →

Mrs. Rae Frank Takes Stand in Son’s Defense

Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case. Atlanta JournalAugust 16th, 1913 Identifies Letter Written By Frank to N. Y. Kinfolks On the Day of the Murder By Asking Pencil Factory Forelady If She Saw Frank Talking to Mary Phagan, Solicitor Dorsey Indicates That He Has Witnesses Who May Furnish Further Sensational Testimony Along This Continue Reading →

Frank Not Nervous on Night Of Murder Says Mrs. Ursenbach

Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case. Atlanta ConstitutionAugust 15th, 1913 Mrs. Charles F. Ursenbach followed her husband on the stand. During the cross-examination by Attorney Hooper she was asked scores of detailer questions about the words and manner of Leo Frank on the Sunday that the body was found. “What is your relation Continue Reading →

Mother-in-Law of Frank Denies Charges in Cook’s Affidavit

Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case. Atlanta ConstitutionAugust 15th, 1913 Following the testimony of those who claimed to have played poker at the Emil Selig home on the night of April 26, Mrs. Selig, Leo Frank’s mother-in-law was placed on the stand and asked a number of questions about the happenings at her Continue Reading →

Many Men Swear to Good Character of Superintendent of Pencil Factory

Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case. Atlanta ConstitutionAugust 15th, 1913 Classmates and Instructors at Cornell Come to Atlanta to Testify to His Clean Life While at College and to Show Their Loyalty to Old College Friend. DORSEY ASKS REMOVAL OF LEO FRANK’S MOTHER AND WIFE FROM COURT Judge Warns Them That Another Scene Continue Reading →

All Georgia Records Broken by the Frank Trial

Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case. Atlanta JournalAugust 15th, 1913 Testimony up to Thursday Would Fill 500 Newspaper Columns, Says Official Mrs. M. Marcus, M. J. Goldstein, I. Strauss, Who Participated in Card Game, Declare Frank Showed No Signs of Excitement When They Saw Him Saturday Evening and That There Were No Scratches Continue Reading →

Testimony of Girls Help to Leo M. Frank

Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case. Atlanta GeorgianAugust 15th, 1913 In the presentation of its alibi for Leo M. Frank, the defense probably accomplished more Thursday than it had in all of previous time since the prosecution rested its case. Frank’s lawyers had promised that they would show where Frank was practically every Continue Reading →

Frank Prepares to Take Stand

Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case. Atlanta GeorgianAugust 15th, 1913 Defense’s Attorneys Expect to Rest Case To-day CLIMAX NEAR IN GREAT COURT FIGHT; CROWDS AGAIN FLOCK TO TRIAL Interest in the trial of Leo M. Frank surged upward magically Friday when it was reported about the courtroom that the defense was nearing the Continue Reading →

Frank’s Lawyers Again Threaten Move for Mistrial

Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case. Atlanta JournalAugust 13th, 1913 Questions Asked by Dorsey Of Office Boy at Factory Ruled Out After Argument Attorney Reuben R. Arnold Declares That Any Further Testimony Along Lines of That Sought by the Solicitor During Examination of Philip Chambers Will Tempt Him to Move for a New Continue Reading →

State Calls More Witnesses; Defense Builds Up an Alibi

Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case. Atlanta GeorgianAugust 13th, 1913 In anticipation of the close of the defense’s case, the State Tuesday afternoon subpenaed a number of new witnesses to be called in the event that Frank’s character was put in issue. It was said that Solicitor Dorsey had prepared against this move Continue Reading →

Conley’s Story is Still Center of Fight in Frank Case

Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case. Atlanta JournalAugust 10th, 1913 After Two Weeks of Testimony Only Evidence Directly Linking Frank With the Crime is the Sensational Statement Made on the Stand by Negro Sweeper-Summary of Developments in Trial to Date STATE HAS INTRODUCED 34 WITNESSES, DEFENSE 10 A Synopsis of the Evidence Presented Continue Reading →