Update: A reader had a problem with the source of the analysis, saying it was rendered useless because it came from an anti-semitic site,
The points made in the article are the same points I’ve seen in books I’ve read in the past about the case. To say you’re an anti-semite because you believe Leo Frank was guilty based on analysis of court transcripts and evidence gathered (this is what the site relied on) is akin to saying someone is anti-Lebanese because you think Sirhan Sirhan killed Bobby Kennedy.
But we do not want to link to an anti-semite site. I will spike it, but the facts of the case remain the same no matter what site is was posted on.
In lieu of that link I will post a movie about the case found by Unruly Refugee. —-> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F9fRs2xd890
Leo Frank was convicted of the murder of a 13 year-old employee at his pencil factory.
When his death sentence was commuted to life in prison, angry citizens stormed the jail and dragged him to a tree in Marietta, Georgia and hung him.
It happened 100 years ago today. There are those that say Leo Frank was innocent. There are those that say the lynch mob was out to get him because he was Jewish. I’m not interested in who was Jewish and who was black (the only other person who could have killed the 13 year-old girl was a black employee), I’m interested in the evidence.
I saw the movie based on this case long ago. It was good, so I read about the case. There is a list is as good as any in detailing why Leo Frank was guilty.
The parts that seal the deal for me are as follows:
-When the night watchmen arrived for work, Leo Frank was strangely nervous, telling the watchmen to take a couple of hours off before starting his shift. When he said he’d prefer to take a nap in the basement (that’s where the girl’s body was found) he insisted the man leave. When the night watchmen returned, the double doors on the staircase were locked, which was extremely odd.
-That night Frank called the watchmen 2 times to ask if “everything was alright.” This was the first and only time he’d ever done so.
-After the body was discovered the night watchman, as well as the police, called Frank at 4 am. He, or his wife, never picked up the phone.
– After the girl was discovered, and when police asked him about the victim, Mary Phagan, Leo Frank said he never heard of her and didn’t know who she was (there were over 100 employees at the pencil factory.) Later in the investigation, Frank told police that another man was always very interested in Phagan (a girl he previously said he never heard of.) Frank later admitted he was alone with the girl in his office because she stopped by to pick up her paycheck.
– Frank said he never left his office, Not once. But when a witness testifying on behalf of Frank said she went to the office and he wasn’t there, Frank began changing his story, saying he might’ve went to the bathroom. The bathroom is where the body was discovered by the man who eventually was convicted as Frank’s accomplice.
– A black man, James Conley, who said he was sometimes paid to keep watch at the front of the factory while Leo Frank had teenage girls in his office, finally admitted that he helped move the girl’s dead body to the basement, and that he was to later get the body and burn it (for a $200 payment), but he fell asleep.
– If someone else was the murderer, Leo Frank would have heard and seen the murder because of the proximity of where the murder took place to his office. When this dawned on Frank he began changing his story of his movements to possibly match up with a theory that made a black man the lone murderer. The black man never wavered from his story in any detail.
– After the entire factory was inspected from top to bottom by police, and then by hired detectives, in the final hour before Leo Frank’s trial a bloody bludgeon and a torn piece of Mary Phagan’s pay envelope was found behind a radiator where the black man sat. The evidence was so obviously set up that the man who discovered it was fired from the Pinkerton Detective Agency.
– Frank said that when the girl left his office he could hear her having a conversation with another girl, so she was alive until he left his office. An interview with every person that worked in the factory could find no one that had such a conversation with the victim.
– At his trial numerous girls testified that Leo Frank tried to corner them in his office and take advantage of them, touching them inappropriately.
– The relationship between Frank and the “negro floor sweeper” was odd. He was one of the highest paid employees in the factory, while he did menial work. He was once caught urinating on the pencils, and he wasn’t fired. The defense also tried to say that this black man attacked Mary Phagan for her $1 paycheck when he made 6 times that money.
It seems that the black man was always the go-to guy for Leo Frank, and he had so much on Frank that he was allowed to come and go without punching the clock.
His initial stories to the police tried to exonerate Frank, because this was his meal ticket. After a few feeble attempts he told exactly what happened. All of his details checked out, including where they dragged the body, where they dropped the body, where they finally laid the body, including how Frank dictated to him a “death note” that was left by the killer.
All of the evidence pointed to Frank, with the black sweeper as his helper with the coverup.
Frank’s wife requested she not be buried in the same plot as her husband.
Lucille Frank’s family, and their cook, said that Lucille told them that Frank confessed to her and asked for a pistol so he could shoot himself.