The Case- Frank vs. State of Georgia

In 1913, a young girl named Mary Phagan was raped, strangled, and murdered. She was an employee of the National Pencil Factory, of which Leo Frank was the superintendent. Frank was convicted on the basis of circumstantial evidence. The case, looking back, was a case regarded as being a miscarriage of justice.


At 3 a.m on April 27, 1913, the police received a call from Newt Lee, the factory watchman. He said that he had discovered the body of a dead white girl. Phagan's body was found, in very bad condition, tied down with a 2 cm cord and had apparently been raped. Evidence at the scene included a trail in the dirt where she'd been dragged, and bloody fingerprints.
During the trial in August of 1913, Frank was accused of being many things that were not at all what he truly was. People even claimed that he was a pervert and a homosexual who also preyed on little girls. Also, the grand jury presiding over Leo's case was not informed of the fact that a janitor, Jim Conley, had been arrested two days after Leo after being caught washing a bloody shirt. After his arrest Conley admitted to writing the two notes found on Mary's dead body.


However, Conley claimed that after confessing the murder Leo had paid him to write the notes and help move Mary's mangled body to the basement. There were speculations that Hugh Dorsey told Conley to change his story in order to convict Leo Frank of Mary Phagan's murder. In the end Leo was found guilty of her murder , which Mary's parents also suspected. The reopening of the case was repealed by a 7-2 vote from the United States Supreme Court.

Unless otherwise stated, the content of this page is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 License