An Unspeakable Crime: The Prosecution and Persecution of Leo by Elaine Marie Alphin

By Elaine Marie Alphin

Was once an blameless guy wrongly accused of homicide? On April 26, 1913, thirteen-year-old Mary Phagan deliberate to satisfy buddies at a parade in Atlanta, Georgia. yet first she stopped on the pencil manufacturing unit the place she labored to choose up her paycheck. Mary by no means left the development alive. A black watchman stumbled on Mary's physique brutally crushed 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 was once 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 could soothe the city's anger over the dying of a tender white lady. The prosecution of Leo Frank used to be front-page information for 2 years, and Frank's lynching continues to be essentially the most debatable incidents of the 20th century. It marks a turning element within the heritage of racial and spiritual hatred in the US, major on to the founding of the Anti-Defamation League and to the rebirth of the trendy Ku Klux Klan. hoping on fundamental resource records and painstaking examine, award-winning novelist Elaine Alphin tells the genuine tale of justice undone in the USA.

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This fellow was half drunk and was losing money to me. He got mad and cursed his luck,” said Green. Before long a little girl went upstairs. This negro said he was going to take her money away from her when she came down. I thought he was fooling at first, but when she came down he started for her. I yelled at him not to do it, but he kept right on. Then I skipped out, for I didn’t want to get mixed up in any trouble. I stayed around town until the next Monday, and then I read all about how a little girl had been killed ...

In the end, he allowed the grand jury to hear charges against Conley, but Dorsey spoke persuasively to them for an hour, expressing his confidence in his case against Leo Frank and explaining why Conley’s indictment would jeopardize it. The grand jury voted almost immediately not to indict Conley. That left Dorsey free to construct the rest of his case against Leo Frank. 54 A n un s pe akable C rim e “TITLE Continues” Witness Preparation Even before the trial began, George Epps felt a little concerned.

A coroner’s inquest had to officially determine the cause of Mary Phagan’s death before the case could be turned over to Solicitor General Hugh Dorsey to prosecute the villain. But for that prosecution to be successful, the police and Dorsey still needed one thing: a motive for the killing. 38 A n un s pe akable C rim e “TITLE Continues” Surprises at the Inquest Fifteen-year-old George Epps waited impatiently through the first part of the coroner’s inquest on Wednesday, April 30. The newsboy was eager to testify about seeing Mary on the streetcar the day she was killed.

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