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Mary Phagan Leo Frank murder arrest....



Item # 573971

May 1, 1913

THE ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, Georgia GA May 1, 1913

* Mary Phagan murder investigation
* Leo Frank - Jewish American
* From the city where it happened


This 16 page newspaper has a two column headline on the front page:

* FRANK TIED TO FLIRT WITH MURDERED GIRL SAYS HER BOY CHUM
 
with subheads. (see)

Tells of the recent murder of young Mary Phagan and the ongoing investigation which has Leo Frank as the main suspect since he was the last to see her alive.

Having newspaper reports from the city where events happen are always the best to have and in this case the post murder reporting were probably only published in Altanta newspapers. (rare)

A one of a kind issue ?

Other news of the day. Light browning with a small address label on front page and little margin wear, otherwise good.

wikipedia notes: Leo Max Frank (April 17, 1884 – August 17, 1915) was an American man who became the only known Jew to be lynched on American soil. The manager of his uncle's pencil factory in Atlanta, Georgia, Frank was convicted in the rape and murder of one of his factory workers, 13-year-old Mary Phagan. The case is widely regarded as having been a miscarriage of justice. It was the focus of many conflicting cultural pressures, and the jury's conclusion represented in part, class and regional resentment of educated Northern industrialists who were perceived to be wielding too much power in the South, threatening southern culture and morality. The trial was sensationalized by the media. The Georgia politician and publisher Tom Watson used the case to build personal political power and support for a revival of the Ku Klux Klan.

Shortly after Frank's conviction, new evidence emerged that cast doubt on his guilt. After the governor commuted his death sentence to life imprisonment, Frank was kidnapped from prison and lynched by a group of prominent citizens who called themselves the "Knights of Mary Phagan." The mob was reported to have included the son of a senator, a former governor, lawyers, and a prosecutor.

In response to the Frank case, the Bnai Brith founded the Anti-Defamation League in 1913. Ultimately, in 1986, Georgia granted Frank a pardon.

Category: The 20th Century

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