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 →

Mary Phagan Murdered Within Hour After Dinner

Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case. Atlanta ConstitutionAugust 2nd, 1913 DR. H. F. HARRIS GIVES STARTLING EVIDENCE ABOUT TIME OF MURDER Wound on Eye of Girl Victim of Pencil Factory Crime Looked as if It Came From Blow of Fist, Secretary of State Board of Health Tells the Jurymen. WHILE ON Continue Reading →

Dr. Harris Collapses on Stand as He Gives Sensational Evidence

Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case. Atlanta JournalAugust 2nd, 1913 Physician Testifies at Frank Trial That Mary Phagan Met Death Half Hour After Lunch—Describes Wounds Secretary of State Board of Health Compelled to Leave the Witness Stand on Account of Illness In the midst of sensational testimony, Dr. H. F. Harris, Continue Reading →

State Opens Its Case Against Leo M. Frank

Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case. Atlanta JournalJuly 28th, 1913 JURY COMPLETED BEFORE RECESS AND STATE WAS READY TO BEGIN INTRODUCTION OF ITS TESTIMONY Last Man In the Last Panel Was Accepted as the Twelfth Juror and Cleared the Way for the Actual Trial of the Case When Court Reconvened at Continue Reading →

Woman Charges Police Forced Her to Make False Statement

Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case. Atlanta JournalJuly 28th, 1913 Negro Cook in the Selig-Frank Home Repudiates Affidavit She Swore to Against Frank, Will Refuse to Swear to the Paper, She Says Minola McKnight, the negro cook, who signed an affidavit which is to be used by the prosecution against Leo Continue Reading →

Jury Complete to Try Frank

Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case. Atlanta GeorgianJuly 28th, 1913 Wife Helps Prisoner Pick Men to Try Him All in Readiness for Real Trial to Begin After Short Recess Events on the opening day of the trial of Leo M. Frank, accused of the slaying of Mary Phagan in the National Continue Reading →

State Will Build Case Against Frank Around Conley’s Story; Defense Will Undertake to Show that Negro Alone is Guilty

Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case. Atlanta Journal July 27th, 1913 Defense Will Ridicule Conley’s Story and Endeavor to Show That It Was Made to Save His Own Neck MANY WITNESSES CALLED TO CORROBORATE FRANK Though Attorneys Are Silent, The Journal Presents Below Outline of What the Defense Is Expected to Continue Reading →

Chronological Story of Developments in the Mary Phagan Murder Mystery

Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case. Atlanta JournalJuly 27th, 1913 April 27—The dead body of Mary Phagan is found in basement of National Pencil factory at 3 a. m. by Newt Lee, the negro night-watchman. Police hold Lee, who yater [sic] in the day re-enacts discovery of the remains before city Continue Reading →

Frank Watches Closely as the Men Who are to Decide Fate are Picked

Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case. Atlanta Georgian (Hearst’s Sunday American)July 27th, 1913 This newspaper article is a continuation from the first page of an Atlanta Georgian newspaper. The first page is missing from our archives. If any readers know where to obtain the first part of this article, we would Continue Reading →

Chapter 5 in Phagan Case

Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case. Atlanta GeorgianJuly 26th, 1913 The Negro Conley’s Confession That He Was Frank’s Accomplice and Events Leading Up to Trial. Chapter VI. “He (Leo Frank) told me that he had picked up a girl back there and had let her fall, and that her head had Continue Reading →

Leonard Dinnerstein: Artful Dodger of the Leo Frank Case

by Reed Miller RETIRED ARIZONA Professor Emeritus of Judaic Studies, Leonard Dinnerstein, I am sorry to say, has joined the eternally dark pantheon of history-falsifiers. Dinnerstein is best known for being a scholar of the Leo Frank case. He doesn’t deserve to be so known. Dinnerstein’s book The Leo Frank Case is shameless falsification of history. It is an embarrassment to American Continue Reading →

Anti-Semitism and the Leo M. Frank Murder Case

Editor’s Note: This is a transcription of “Anti-Semitism and the Leo M. Frank Murder Case” by DeWitt H. Roberts. This document is from the American Jewish Archives, Cincinnati, Ohio. DeWitt H. Roberts, 83 Ivy Street, N. E. Atlanta, Georgia ANTI-SEMITISM AND THE LEO M. FRANK MURDER CASE A memorandum for Alex Miller, and the Anti-Defamation League of the B’nai Brith Continue Reading →

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New Move in Phagan Case by Solicitor

Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case. The Atlanta Georgian Sunday, July 6, 1913 Dorsey Will Endeavor to Force Defense to Disclose Their Documentary Evidence. ACT IS COUNTERSTROKE Frank’s Attorneys Said to Have Affidavits Exonerating Frank and Indicating Conley’s Guilt. A sensational turn in the Phagan murder mystery, according to one of Continue Reading →

New Audio Book: The American Mercury on Leo Frank – Dorsey’s Closing Arguments, part 6

THIS WEEK we present the sixth and last audio book installment of prosecutor Hugh Dorsey’s closing arguments in the 1913 trial of Leo M. Frank (pictured) for the strangling and sex murder of his 13-year-old sweatshop employee Mary Phagan. In this dramatic conclusion, you hear the words that the jury heard, the words that would lead them, a short time Continue Reading →

New Audio Book: The American Mercury on Leo Frank – Dorsey’s Closing Arguments, part 2

THIS WEEK WE present the second part of the closing arguments of Solicitor Hugh Dorsey (pictured in a  contemporary newspaper illustration), the prosecutor in the 1913 murder trial of Leo Frank for the slaying of his sweatshop employee Mary Phagan. This prosecution has been presented in the major media as a case of “anti-Semitism” — but a reading of the Continue Reading →

New Audio Book: The American Mercury on Leo Frank – Frank’s Trial, Week Four

TODAY our audio book of the American Mercury’s coverage of the 1913 trial and conviction of Jewish sex killer Leo Frank moves into the fourth exciting week of the trial, in which the defense brought forth young female witnesses who claimed that Frank had never made improper sexual advances toward them, rebutted by the defense with young female witnesses of their Continue Reading →

Detective Chief Tells Grand Jury of “Third Degree”

Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case. The Atlanta Constitution Sunday, June 15, 1913 Questions Put to Lanford Indicate That Investigation of Police Methods Is Being Conducted. TORTURE ERA IS PAST, CHIEF INFORMS JURY Science and Skill Now Employed by Detectives in Securing Confessions From Criminals, He Says. The police “third degree,” Continue Reading →

Police Hold Conley By Court’s Order

Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case. Atlanta Georgian Wednesday, June 11th, 1913 Judge Roan Gives Suspect Chance to Show Why He Should Not Be Released. The Phagan case took a queer turn Wednesday afternoon when Judge Roan, apparently stirred by Luther Z. Rosser’s ar[r]aignment of the way Jim Conley has been Continue Reading →