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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 pals at a parade in Atlanta, Georgia. yet first she stopped on the pencil manufacturing facility the place she labored to select up her paycheck. Mary by no means left the development alive. A black watchman chanced on Mary's physique brutally overwhelmed and raped. Police arrested the watchman, yet they were not chuffed that he used to be the killer. Then they paid a trip to Leo Frank, the factory's superintendent, who used to be either a northerner and a Jew. Spurred on by means of the media frenzy and prejudices of the time, the detectives made Frank their top suspect, one whose conviction might soothe the city's anger over the dying of a tender white lady. The prosecution of Leo Frank was once front-page information for 2 years, and Frank's lynching remains to be probably the most arguable incidents of the 20th century. It marks a turning element within the background of racial and non secular hatred in the USA, prime 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 study, award-winning novelist Elaine Alphin tells the genuine tale of justice undone in the USA.

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Newt Lee’s continued protestations of innocence under their aggressive questioning convinced both detectives that the night watchman was not guilty of the murder of Mary Phagan. They were equally certain that Leo Frank was the killer. And they could sense that the citizens of Atlanta shared this opinion. Later, the pastor of Mary’s Baptist church wrote to a friend, “My feelings, upon the arrest of the old negro watchman, were to the effect that this one old negro would be poor atonement for the life of this innocent girl.

Detective Starnes hadn’t come alone this time. Police Chief James Litchfield Beavers had realized this case was going to be important to all of Atlanta, so he decided to make sure that the investigation was proceeding correctly. Beavers examined the hairs and had an officer chip out a few pieces of the red-splashed wooden floor so he could test 29 29 it himself, using a bottle of alcohol. When the color didn’t dissolve in the alcohol (not a very scientific test, even in 1913), Chief Beavers announced to the reporters that the substance was blood.

Desperate to be released, she finally signed a statement that said Leo had gotten home at 1:20 but had rushed out again without eating and when he came home that evening, he drank heavily and was too upset to sleep. ” The statement also said that her employers had started paying her extra after hearing that the solicitor general wanted to question her. “They just said, ‘Here is $5, Minola,’ but of course I understood what they meant even if they didn’t tell me anything . . ” After Minola signed this statement, the police released her.

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