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Friday, 17 January 2014

The Murder of Mary Phagan (Part 6)

Leo Frank
Mary Phagan was a young girl who lived in Atlanta, Georgia. A hundred years ago she was bludgeoned, raped and strangled to death five weeks before her fourteenth birthday in 1913. Leo Frank, a Jew from New York who was the superintendent of the National Pencil Company, was indicted and tried the crime. Though Frank was convicted, the governor of Georgia commuted Frank’s sentence to life in prison. A little less than two months later 25 men, who called themselves “Knights of Mary Phagan”, took Frank from the state penitentiary to Marietta and with a rope hung him by his neck from a tree. (This overview is derived, with some additions, from Little Secrets – The murder of Mary Phagan and the death of Leo Frank.)



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