Dictograph Records Crooked, Says Gentry

by Archivist on March 27, 2017

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The Atlanta Constitution

June 11, 1913

NOTEBOOK WILL PROVE REPORTS WERE ‘PADDED,’ HE SAYS IN AFFIDAVIT

Young Stenographer, Who Made the Report of the Conversation in Room No. 31 Williams House, Voluntarily Makes Statement Before a Notary Public in the City of Washington D. C., Where He Is Employed.

ASSERTS THAT HE LEFT ATLANTA WHEN INFORMED OVER TELEPHONE HE MIGHT BE PUT UNDER ARREST

Swears That A. S. Colyar Has Made Effort to Purchase His Original Notes, Which Are Now in Possession of His Brotheró”Grand Jury Should Make an Investigation” Declares Mayor James G. Woodward.

The sworn charge that the dictagraph statements, alleged to have been made by Colonel Thomas B. Felder, Mayor James G. Woodward and Charles C. Jones, in Room No 31, Williams house, were “padded” was brought back to Atlanta last night by Ed O. Miles, a private detective, and turned over to Mayor Woodward.

The affidavit was composed and sworn to by George M. Gentry, the stenographer who took the dictagraph conversations. Detective Miles located Gentry in Washington, D. C., where he has been employed during the past two weeks. The affidavit was sworn to before Jeannette Henning, a notary public.

GENTRY WILLING TO RETURN WHENEVER HE IS NEEDED HERE.

“Gentry was willing to come back to Atlanta with me,” Detective Miles said last night. “He has promised to work out the remainder of the month, and has assured me that he will return at the end of that time, or earlier if he is wanted.”

Aside from the charge that his stenographic notes were “padded” by A. S. Colyar, and that he was paid $50 for the part he played in the dictagraph drama, Gentry says that he left Atlanta because he could not bear the humiliation which he knew he would suffer after he learned that his notes had been altered.

His affidavit bears out the statement made by Mayor Woodward, immediately after the publication of the dictagraph scandal, to the effect that he did not mention the names of Chief of Police James L. Beavers or Detective Chief Newport Lanford. Gentry also swears that a reporter called at his home after the publication of the dictagraph statements and informed him that warrants had been issued for the arrest of Colyar, Gay C. Febuary and himself (Gentry), and that he left the city upon being informed that he would not be allowed to give bond. [click to continue…]

Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case.

Atlanta Journal

Wednesday, June 11th, 1913

Detective E. O. Miles Gives Out Affidavit From Young Stenographer Repudiating Transcript He Swore to

AFFIDAVIT OBTAINED IN WASHINGTON D. C.

G. C. Febuary Gives Out a Statement, Telling How Notes Were Transcribed and Affidavits Made

The accuracy of the now famous pictograph records of alleged conversations between Thomas B. Felder, Mayor Woodward, C. C. Jones, E. O. Miles, G. C. Febuary and A. S. Colyar is attacked in an affidavit which E. O. Miles has turned over to Mayor Woodward and which he says he obtained from George M. Gentry, the young stenographer who took down the dictograph conversations.

This affidavit was made in Washington D. C., where Miles, one of the dictographed parties, who is a private detective, says he found Gentry. According to this affidavit, Gentry swears that a number of changes were made in the pictograph records after they were transcribed by him. The only specific change set out in the affdavit, however, is that the names of Police Chief Beavers and Detective Chief N. A. Lanford were written into the record of Mayor Woodward’s conversation by some one other than the stenographer.

In this affidavit Gentry explains his disappearance from the city by declaring that when he compared the published records with his stenographic notes he realized that he had been duped and did not care to face the humiliation which he anticipated would follow.

These dictographed records, duly sworn to by young Gentry and others, were published in The Journal, which declined to print these documents unless they were attested before a notary public. These records and affidavits are still in the possession of The Journal, and this paper has no knowledge concerning the alleged changes.

GENTRY READ PROOFS.

Young Gentry was permitted to use one of The Journal’s typewriters to transcribe his pictograph notes. He and Febuary were left alone in the news department Wednesday night, May 21, to do this work. They left a copy of the records in a desk drawer for The Journal. Early on the morning of May 23 Gentry furnished The Journal with an affidavit attesting the correctness of the records. Later he came to The Journal office with his notebook and read the proofs which compared with this shorthand notes, and in one or two places he made minor changes, as he said, to better conform to the original notes.

He was advised to preserve his notes so that in the event any question was raised as to their accuracy, he would have the stenographic record from which to make answer.

The Journal does not undertake to say whether there are or are not discrepancies in the transcribed records compared to the shorthand notes. It has simply relied upon the sworn records and statements furnished by Gentry and others, which records and statements, as stated above, are still in the possession of The Journal and in exactly the same condition as they were when turned over to this paper by Gentry, February and others. [click to continue…]

Lanford Silent on Rosser’s Card

March 24, 2017

Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case. The Atlanta Constitution June 11, 1913 Detective Chief Says He Has No Reply to Make to the Charges of Counsel for Leo M. Frank. Following the public letter written yesterday by Luther Z. Rosser, counsel for Leo Frank, Detective Chief […]

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Indictment of Felder and Fain Asked

March 23, 2017

Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case. The Atlanta Georgian June 10, 1913 Assistant Solicitor E. A. Stephens virtually admitted this afternoon that Police Commissioner W. P. Fain had been indicted. There was a division of the vote, it was said, but the majority was for indictment. […]

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Eyewitness to Phagan Slaying Sought

March 23, 2017

Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case. Atlanta Georgian Tuesday, June 10th, 1913 Story That Companion of Conley Saw Him Strike Down Girl Opens New Clews. Jim Conley, whose sensational story has made him an accessory after the fact in the murder of Mary Phagan, is sticking […]

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Leo Frank Reported Ready for His Trial

March 23, 2017

Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case. Atlanta Constitution Tuesday, June 10, 1913 Many Witnesses Are Being Examined Every Day by Attorneys for the Defense That counsel for Leo Frank is ready for trial was freely reported over the city Monday. Attorney Luther Z. Rosser, his lawyer, […]

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Defense to Make Next Move in Phagan Case

March 22, 2017

Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case. Atlanta Journal Monday, June 9th, 1913 Apparently Prosecuting Officials Consider Their Investigation Complete Chief of Detectives Lanford has announced that Jim Conley, the negro sweeper, who is the state’s principal witness in the case against Leo M. Frank, indicted for […]

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Foreman Tells Why He Holds Conley Guilty

March 22, 2017

Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case. Atlanta Georgian Monday, June 9th, 1913 R. P. Barrett, in Letter to Georgian, Gives Reasons for Suspecting Negro of Crime. R. P. Barrett, foreman of the metal department at the National Pencil Factory, in a letter to The Georgian Monday, […]

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Luther Z. Rosser, Attorney for Frank, Trains His Guns on City Detective Chief

March 22, 2017

Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case. The Atlanta Journal Tuesday, June 10, 1913 SAYS CHIEF LANFORD IS NOT SEEKING FOR TRUTH OF MURDER He Charges That the Detective Chief Has Banked His Sense and Reputation on Proving Frank Guilty “WHY HASN’T CONLEY BEEN BEFORE JURY?” Attorney […]

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Solicitor Makes No Reply to Mrs. Frank

March 21, 2017

Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case. Atlanta Journal Sunday, June 8, 1913 Hugh M. Dorsey Has No Comment to Make on Mrs. Frank’s Letter Solicitor General Hugh M. Dorsey has declined to make any answer to the published statement of Mrs. Leo M. Frank, charging him […]

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Lanford Answers Felder’s Charge

March 14, 2017

Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case. Atlanta Constitution Sunday, June 8, 1913 Declares That He Has Never Seen Gentry But Once in His Life. “Tom Felder is a contemptible liar,” blazed Chief Lanford last night when informed of the contents of Colonel Felder’s letter directed to […]

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Scathing Replies Made to Letters Attacking Them

March 9, 2017

Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case. Atlanta Journal Sunday, June 8th, 1913 Colyar Addresses Felder as “Dictograph Tommy” and “My Dear Co-conspirator in Crime” SEND HIM TO CREMATORY, SAYS DETECTIVE CHIEF J. R. Gray Said: “I Have No Comment to Make—Mr. Felder’s Controversy Is With A. […]

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Felder Makes Answer to Dictagraph Episode

March 4, 2017

Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case. Atlanta Constitution Sunday, June 8th, 1913 Well-Known Attorney Writes Four Cards Covering All the Phases of Situation and Answering All Charges. DICTAGRAPH TRAP JUST “FRAME-UP,” HE SAYS Col. Felder Asserts George Gentry, Who Took Down the Stenographic Notes, Will Return […]

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Three Open Letters Given Out Saturday by Thos. B. Felder

March 2, 2017

Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case. Atlanta Journal Sunday, June 8th, 1913 In One of These Letters He Reopens His Controversy With A. S. Colyar About the Dictograph Episode SAYS LANFORD CONSPIRED TO TAKE HIM TO S. C. He Also Makes Another Personal Attack Upon Detective […]

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Fair Play Alone Can Find Truth in Phagan Puzzle, Declares Old Reporter

February 21, 2017

Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case. Atlanta Georgian Sunday, June 8th, 1913 Average Atlantan Believes Frank is Guilty, but That Little Real Evidence Has Yet Pointed to Him as Slayer. Stirring Defense by Wife and Attack on Solicitor Dorsey Are Two Striking Features of Week’s Progress […]

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Defense Bends Efforts to Prove Conley Slayer

February 13, 2017

Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case. Atlanta Georgian Saturday, June 7th, 1913 The defense of Leo Frank against the charge of murdering Mary Phagan will be more than a mere attempt to clear Frank’s skirts. It will seek directly to fix upon James Conley, negro, full […]

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Current in Effect on Day of Tragedy

February 12, 2017

Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case. Atlanta Constitution Saturday, June 7th, 1913 Report That Elevator in Pencil Factory Was Not Running Proves Groundless. Following a widely-prevalent rumor that Leo Frank’s defense will strive to prove that the current was shut off from the pencil factory plant […]

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Mrs. Frank Attacks Solicitor H. M. Dorsey in a New Statement

February 9, 2017

Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case. Atlanta Georgian Saturday, June 7th, 1913 Solicitor Hugh M. Dorsey refused late Saturday afternoon to make reply to the reiterated accusations of Mrs. Leo M. Frank that “torture chamber” methods were made use of by the state to secure evidence […]

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Lanford Claps Lid on Detective News

February 9, 2017

Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case. Atlanta Constitution Saturday, June 7th, 1913 All Information in Future Must Come Through Office of the Chief. Chief Newport Lanford yesterday morning issued a special order prohibiting the disclosing of information to newspaper reporters. It was stated in The Constitution […]

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Enright Archives Added to Leo Frank Case Research Library

February 2, 2017

LEOFRANK.INFO is pleased to announce that the full book, text, and newspaper archives formerly housed at Jack Enright’s Leo Frank Library site have been added to this, the online Leo Frank Case Research Library. We are deeply grateful for Mr. Enright’s assembling and saving this valuable material. Some of the documents from his site were […]

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“Torture Chamber” Methods Charged in Getting Evidence

January 26, 2017

Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case. Atlanta Journal Saturday, June 7th, 1913 In Card to The Journal, Wife of Factory Superintendent Declares Solicitor Dorsey Has Approved Third Degree “WE ARE SUFFERING NOW, BUT WHO WILL BE NEXT?” Her Statement in Full—Conley Will Not Be Indicted as […]

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Defense Digs Deep to Show Conley is Phagan Girl Slayer

January 24, 2017

Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case. Atlanta Georgian Saturday, June 7th, 1913 Getting New Evidence to Show Negro Was Located in Factory—Theory Explains Mystery of Staple Pulled From Back Door of Basement. The defense of Leo Frank against the charge of murdering Mary Phagan will be […]

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A. S. Colyar Is Again Released From Custody

January 18, 2017

Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case. Atlanta Journal Friday, June 6th, 1913 Tennessee Requisition Papers Not Forthcoming, So Judge Orders His Release A. S. Colyar, who was arrested by a sheriff’s deputy Thursday while waiting to be called as a witness before the Fulton county grand […]

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Felder and Lanford Come Near to Blows

January 17, 2017

Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case. Atlanta Constitution Friday, June 6th, 1913 Personal Encounter in Solicitor’s Office Is Narrowly Averted by Bystanders. What threatened to be a serious personal encounter between Colonel Thomas B. Felder and Detective Chief Newport Lanford was narrowly averted Thursday morning in […]

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Probe of Grand Jury Goes Over One Week

January 17, 2017

Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case. Atlanta Journal Friday, June 6th, 1913 Only Routine Matters Up Tuesday—Dictograph Controversy Not Considered It will be week after next before the Fulton county grand jury resumes its investigation of the vice situation in Atlanta, if any further investigation is […]

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Grand Jury Probes Detective “Leaks”

January 17, 2017

Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case. Atlanta Constitution Friday, June 6th, 1913 Court Officials Worried Over News Growing Out of the Phagan Murder Mystery. It is understood on good authority that the grand jury has been called upon to make a searching investigation in the apparent […]

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Report Negro Found Who Saw Phagan Attack

January 16, 2017

Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case. Atlanta Georgian Friday, June 6th, 1913 St. Louis, June 6.—That a negro, who is alleged to have said he witnessed the murder of Mary Phagan in Atlanta, is under arrest in Cairo, Ill., and is about to be returned to […]

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Jail Sentence for Woman Convicted in Vice Crusade

January 16, 2017

Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case. Atlanta Journal Friday, June 6th, 1913 Mrs. N. Powell, Charged With Operating Disorderly House on Spring Street, Gets Heavy Sentence HAD ENJOINED CHIEF FROM RAIDING HOUSE Case is One of Few on Record Where a Woman Is Sentenced to Jail […]

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Grand Jury May Drop Vice Probe

January 16, 2017

Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case. Atlanta Constitution Friday, June 6th, 1913 Foreman Beck De[c]lines to Talk of Probable Action of Jury—Felder to Issue a Public Statement. “The grand jury has finished its questioning of witnesses with its adjournment, and unless members of the jury should […]

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Chief Says Law Balks His War on Vice

January 15, 2017

Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case. Atlanta Georgian Friday, June 6th, 1913 Resort in Spring Street Flourishes While Injunction Prevents Police Interference It became known Friday that Chief of Police James L. Beavers made the startling charge before the vice investigating Grand Jury that the courts […]

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Conley Sticks to His Story; Declares Detective Chief

December 27, 2016

Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case. Atlanta Journal Friday, June 6th 1913 Report of a Confession, Different From One Given to the Detectives, Is Ridiculed by Chief Lanford DORSEY MAKES REPLY TO MRS. L. M. FRANK No More News of Phagan Case to Be Given to […]

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Dorsey Replies to the Charges of Mrs. L. Frank

December 15, 2016

Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case. Atlanta Constitution Friday, June 6th, 1913 Says the Wife of an Accused Man Would Be the Last to Learn of Her Husband’s Guilt. MRS. FRANK BITTER IN HER CRITICISM Detective Department Not at All Disturbed Over Denial of the McKnight […]

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Cook Repudiates Entire Affidavit Police Possess

December 15, 2016

Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case. Atlanta Georgian Thursday, June 5th, 1913 Utter repudiation of the affidavits which she was alleged to have sworn to incriminating conversations in the home of Leo M. Frank, indicted for the slaying of Mary Phagan, was made Thursday by Minola […]

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New Conley Confession Reported to Jury

December 14, 2016

Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case. Atlanta Georgian Thursday, June 5th, 1913 Probers Question Colyar and Febuary About Alleged Admissions by Negro. Chief Lanford, in discussing the near-fight between himself and Attorney Felder in Solicitor Dorsey’s office Thursday morning, characterized his opponent as all bluff. “Felder […]

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Colyar Arrested Again on Knoxville Warrant

November 29, 2016

Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case. Atlanta Journal Thursday, June 5th, 1913 Deputies in Sheriff’s Office Take Him in Custody When He Appears as Witness A. S. Colyar, waiting upon the grand jury’s summons as a witness, Thursday morning at the court house, was arrested by […]

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‘I Know My Husband is Innocent,’ Asserts Wife of Leo M. Frank

November 28, 2016

Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case. Atlanta Georgian Thursday, June 5th, 1913 Following the complete denial by Minola McKnight, cook in the household of Leo M. Frank, of the statements she is alleged to have made in the sensational police affidavit given out Wednesday, Mrs. Leo […]

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Negro’s Affidavit Not Given Much Credence

November 22, 2016

Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case. Atlanta Journal Thursday, June 5th, 1913 Even the City Detectives, It Is Said, Attach Very Little Importance to Document Very little importance, it is said, is attached by the city detectives to the sensational and incoherent affidavit of Minola McKnight, […]

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Lanford and Felder Come Near Fighting

November 21, 2016

Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case. Atlanta Journal Thursday, June 5th, 1913 Deputies Step Between Belligerents Before a Blow Is Struck by Either A physical encounter between Chief of Detectives Newport A. Lanford and Colonel Thomas B. Felder, attorney, was averted narrowly by the interference of […]

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Mother Here to Aid Frank in Trial

November 21, 2016

Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case. Atlanta Georgian Thursday, June 5th, 1913 With the time when Leo M. Frank will go on trial for the murder of Mary Phagan rapidly approaching, perhaps no greater reinforcement to the accused pencil factory superintendent in facing his ordeal has […]

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Grand Jury Probe of Vice Conditions Finished Thursday

November 18, 2016

Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case. Atlanta Journal Thursday, June 5th, 1913 Jury Adjourned Until Next Tuesday Without Drawing Any Bills—Inquiry Not Likely to Be Resumed, It Is Said LANFORD TELLS JURY OF COL. FELDER’S ENMITY Declares It Dates Back to Case He Made Against Charlie […]

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Jury Will Probe Dictagraph Row

November 17, 2016

Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case. Atlanta Constitution Thursday, June 5th, 1913 A. L. [sic] Colyar, Jr., George M. Gentry and G. C. Febuary Summoned at Request of Chief Lanford An investigation of the separate phases of the row resulting from the dictagraph traps laid by […]

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Challenges Felder to Prove His Charge

November 2, 2016

Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case. Atlanta Georgian Thursday, June 5th, 1913 Attorney Reiterates Graft Accusations Following Lanford’s Defiance—Offers More Proof. Newport A. Lanford, Chief of Detectives, issued a statement Thursday morning defying Colonel Thomas B. Felder, or anyone, to substantiate the charge of graft made […]

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“My Husband is Innocent,” Declares Mrs. Leo M. Frank In First Public Statement

November 2, 2016

Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case. Atlanta Journal Thursday, June 5th, 1913 Wife of Accused Pen[c]il Factory Superintendent Arraigns Solicitor General Dorsey for What She Terms the Torturing of Witnesses Into Making Desired Affidavits—Says Treatment of Her Negro Cook by Solicitor and Detectives Taxed Patience DECLARES […]

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Frank Wanted Gun to Take His Life, Says Negro Cook

October 29, 2016

Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case. Atlanta Constitution Thursday, June 5th, 1913 Sensational Affidavit Made for the Police by Minola McKnight, Servant in Leo Frank’s Home. Fully as startling as the recent confession of James Conley, an affidavit purporting to have been sworn to by Minola […]

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Cook Is Released on Signing Paper

October 29, 2016

Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case. Atlanta Journal Wednesday, June 4th, 1913 Minola McKnight, the negro cook at the home of Leo M. Frank, was released from custody by the police late Tuesday afternoon, after she had signed the sensational affidavit now in the possession of […]

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Frank’s Cook Was Counted Upon as Defense Witness

October 29, 2016

Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case. Atlanta Georgian Wednesday, June 4th, 1913 While police activities have been turned to this line of investigation, the negro sweeper, Jim Conley, has been given a rest. Chief of Detectives Lanford stated that the negro would be quizzed no more. […]

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L. M. Frank’s Trial Will Occur Week of June 30

October 26, 2016

Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case. Atlanta Journal Wednesday, June 4th, 1913 Although no definite decision has been arrived at by Solicitor General Hugh M. Dorsey, the indications are that Leo M. Frank, the pencil factory superintendent, who is under indictment for the murder of Mary […]

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Fain Named in Vice Quiz as Resort Visitor

October 26, 2016

Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case. Atlanta Georgian Wednesday, June 4th, 1913 Police Commissioner Accused Before Grand Jury of Brawl in Disorderly House. As a climax of revelations made before the Grand Jury in its probe of vice conditions in Atlanta, Police Commissioner William F. Fain […]

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Felder Exonerates Beavers, But Says Lanford is Corrupt

October 25, 2016

Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case. Atlanta Journal Wednesday, June 4th, 1913 Witnesses Summoned in Dictograph Controversy, Although Foreman Says Vice Probe Is Not Complete BEAVERS AND FELDER ASK INVESTIGATION Felder’s Charges Against Lanford to Be Heard With Dictograph Case—Felder Says the Records Are Forged Four […]

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Servant of Frank is Liberated After Long Examination

October 24, 2016

Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case. Atlanta Constitution Wednesday, June 4th, 1913 Despite Gruelling Third Degree, Woman Maintains Denial of Having Told Conflicting Stories. FACED BY HUSBAND, SHE CONTRADICTS HIM Her Release Came After Her Attorney Had Threatened to Take Out Habeas Corpus Proceedings. Minola McKnight, […]

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Cook’s Sensational Affidavit

October 24, 2016

Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case. Atlanta Georgian Wednesday, June 4th, 1913 Says She Heard Frank’s Wife Tell Mother Frank Had Threatened Suicide Incoherent Statement by Employee of Frank Household That Must Not Be Taken as Legal Evidence Until Heard and Corroborated in Court. Another sensational […]

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Sensational Affidavit Made by Minola M’Knight, Negro Cook at Home of L. M. Frank

October 24, 2016

Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case. Atlanta Journal Wednesday, June 4th, 1913 In This Affidavit Minola Tells of Conversation That Occurred Between Mrs. Frank and Mrs. Selig, In Which Mrs. Frank Is Alleged to Have Said Frank Was Drinking on Night of Tragedy, and That He […]

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Vice List Wanted by Chief Beavers; Promises Probe

October 23, 2016

Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case. Atlanta Constitution Wednesday, June 4th, 1913 Head of Police Department Invites Carl Hutcheson to Furnish Him With List of Houses. MORE WITNESSES WILL GIVE TESTIMONY TODAY Grand Jury Determined to Go to Bottom of Vice Allegations, But Will Not Touch […]

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Bitter Fight Certain in Trial of Frank

October 21, 2016

Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case. Atlanta Georgian Tuesday, June 3rd, 1913 Defense Prepares to Show Glaring Discrepancies in Affidavit of James Conley. [Minola McKnight, the negro cook at Frank’s home, made a written statement Tuesday afternoon to the police following a cross-examination lasting more than […]

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Attorney Retained for Negro Servant at Frank’s Home

October 21, 2016

Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case. Atlanta Journal Tuesday, June 3rd, 1913 George Gordon Represents Minola McKnight as Attorney and May Seek Habeas Corpus During Afternoon NEGRESS DECLARES HER HUSBAND HAS LIED She Swears Leo M. Frank Was at Home at Time He Testified Before the […]

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Leo Frank’s Cook Put Under Arrest

October 20, 2016

Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case. Atlanta Constitution Tuesday, June 3rd, 1913 Reported That She Is Being Held as Witness—Defense of Prisoner in the Tower Outlined. Another arrest was made yesterday in the Phagan mystery. Minola McKnight, cook and servant in the Leo Frank household, was […]

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Felder Says He Will Lay Bare ‘Startling Police Graft Plans’

October 20, 2016

Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case. Atlanta Georgian Tuesday, June 3rd, 1913 Attorney Ready to Go Before Grand Jury, but Has Not Been Called; Hutcheson Summoned in the Airing of the Dictograph Controversy. [Investigation of Reports That Disorderly Houses Again Are in Operation Begun—Foreman’s Move Surprise. […]

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Grand Jury Told of Vice Conditions

October 19, 2016

Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case. Atlanta Journal Tuesday, June 3rd, 1913 Carl Hutcheson Names 30 Places In His Testimony He Declares He Obtained Information First-Hand by Visiting Places Mentioned and Registering LENGTHY LIST GIVEN JURY BY COL. FELDER He Declined to Make Public His Information—Grand […]

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Grand Jury Calls for Thos. Felder and Police Heads

October 13, 2016

Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case. Atlanta Constitution Tuesday, June 3rd, 1913 Subpoenas Served Monday Night on the Principals in Dictagraph Case and in Charges of Corruption. GRAND JURY TO HOLD INVESTIGATION TODAY Mayor Woodward, Col. Felder, Chief Beavers, Chief Lanford, Carl Hutcheson and Jno. Black […]

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Negro Cook at Home Where Frank Lived Held by the Police

October 13, 2016

Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case. Atlanta Georgian Monday, June 2nd, 1913 Woman Questioned by Dorsey, Becomes Hysterical; Solicitor Refuses to Tell Whether She Gave Important Information; Alibi for Defense. Minola Mcknight, the negro cook in the household of Mr. and Mrs. Emil Selig, 68 Georgia […]

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Grand Jury Ready to Investigate Charges

October 13, 2016

Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case. Atlanta Journal Monday, June 2nd, 1913 Foreman Beck States Position, Probe Awaits Request From Chief Beavers The Fulton county grand jury will investigate the Felder-Beavers controversy if any of the interested parties ask an investigation, according to Foreman L. H. […]

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Beavers to Talk Over the Felder Row With Dorsey

October 13, 2016

Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case. Atlanta Georgian Monday, June 2nd, 1913 Dictograph conversations and alleged bribery charges will be discussed by Chief of Police Beavers and Solicitor General Hugh Dorsey at a conference to be held to-day. Chief Beavers is ready to have every one […]

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Negro Girl is Arrested in Phagan Murder Case

October 12, 2016

Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case. Atlanta Journal Monday, June 2nd, 1913 “I Am Going to Hang and I Don’t Know a Thing About It,” Shouts Viola [sic] McKnight When Questioned by Solicitor Viola McKnight, who lives in the rear of 351 Pulliam street, a negro […]

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5 to Testify Frank Was at Home at Hour Negro Says He Aided

October 12, 2016

Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case. Atlanta Georgian Monday, June 2nd, 1913 Defense to Cite Discrepancies in Time to Disprove Conley’s Affidavit—Sheriff Denies Friends of Superintendent Approached Sweeper in Cell. After a two-hour grilling by Solicitor Hugh M. Dorsey Minola McKnight, a negro woman about 21 […]

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Frank Asked Room to Conceal Body Believes Lanford

October 12, 2016

Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case. Atlanta Constitution Monday, June 2nd, 1913 Detective Chief Forms New Theory as to Reason Why Prisoner Is Said to Have Phoned Mrs. Formby. HER DISAPPEARANCE PUZZLING TO OFFICERS Lanford Says He Will Find Her in Time for Trial, But Does […]

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Frank’s Defense is Outlined

October 5, 2016

Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case. Atlanta Journal Monday, June 2nd, 1913 Mary Phagan Met Death on First Floor, Is Claim Defense Will Endeavor to Show That Conley Struck Her in Head and Threw Her Down Elevator Shaft ELEVATOR WAS NOT MOVED APRIL 26, IT IS […]

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Confession of Conley Makes No Changes in State’s Case

October 4, 2016

Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case. Atlanta Georgian Sunday, June 1st, 1913 Negro Will Be Used as Material Evidence Against Frank, Says Solicitor Dorsey LEE LIKELY TO BE FREED Sweeper Sticks to Story Accusing Head of Pencil Factory of Phagan Slaying. The startling confessions by Jim […]

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Today is Mary Phagan’s Birthday; Mother Tells of Party She Planned

October 4, 2016

Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case. Atlanta Georgian Sunday, June 1st, 1913 Parents Intended to Give Child Happy Surprise—Now They Will Strew Flowers on Her Grave in Marietta Churchyard. By MIGNON HALL. This will be the saddest Sunday with Mary Phagan’s family since that fatal Sunday […]

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Conley’s Story Cinches Case Against Frank, Says Lanford

October 4, 2016

Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case. Atlanta Georgian Sunday, June 1st, 1913 ‘He Has Told the Whole Truth—There’s Not a Lawyer Who Can Shake Him,’ Asserts Chief. Jim Conley has told the whole truth—there’s not a shadow of a doubt about it. We feel perfectly satisfied […]

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Grand Jury Meeting Remains a Mystery

October 3, 2016

Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case. Atlanta Journal Sunday, June 1st, 1913 Foreman Will Not Say Whether Beavers-Felder Controversy Will Be Considered There is still much speculation over the probable action of the Fulton county grand jury on the Felder-Beavers –Lanford controversy, and it is not […]

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Dorsey’s Grill Fails to Make Conley Admit Hand in Killing

October 3, 2016

Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case. Atlanta Georgian Sunday, June, 1st, 1913 Does Not Deviate In Least From Detailed Story Despite Traps to Snare Him FRANK APPEARS PLEASED Prisoner Tells His Friends That Sweeper’s Affidavit Is Good News to Him A gruelling cross-examination of Jim Conley, […]

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Conley’s Statement Analyzed From Two Different Angles

September 28, 2016

Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case. Atlanta Journal Sunday, June 1st, 1913 The Weak Points in the Negro’s Story Are Shown in One Analysis and the Points That Would Seem to Add to Its Reasonableness Are Weighed in the Other. Below are given analyses of the […]

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Conley is Unwittingly Friend of Frank, Says Old Police Reporter

September 27, 2016

Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case. Atlanta Georgian Sunday, June 1st, 1913 By AN OLD POLICE REPORTER. Developments came thick and fast during the past week, and one is able to approach consideration of the Phagan case to-day with more assurance and ease of mind than […]

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Conley is Removed from Fulton Tower at His Own Request

September 27, 2016

Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case. Atlanta Constitution Sunday, June 1st, 1913 Friends of Leo Frank Have Tried to Intimidate Him, Negro Sweeper Tells Detective Chief as Reason for His Transfer to the Police Station. LANFORD RAPS SHERIFF DECLARING HE IS NOT ASSISTING THE POLICE “He […]

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100 Reasons Leo Frank Is Guilty

September 21, 2016

Proving That Anti-Semitism Had Nothing to Do With His Conviction — and Proving That His Defenders Have Used Frauds and Hoaxes for 100 Years by Bradford L. Huie originally published at The American Mercury MARY PHAGAN was just thirteen years old. She was a sweatshop laborer for Atlanta, Georgia’s National Pencil Company. A little over […]

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Lanford Tells Why Conley Was Placed in Police Station

September 20, 2016

Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case. Atlanta Journal Sunday, June 1st, 1913 Chief of Detectives Gives Out Statement Relative to Transfer of Prisoner From the Tower to Headquarters FURTHER QUESTIONING IS PLANNED BY DETECTIVES No Arrangement Yet Made for Negro to Confront Frank—Report of Finding Girl’s […]

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Special Session of Grand Jury Called

September 20, 2016

Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case. Atlanta Georgian Saturday, May 31st, 1913 Will Reconvene Next Tuesday for Routine Business Only, Declares Foreman Beck. Lewis H. Beck, foreman of the Fulton County Grand Jury, which has been called to meet in special session at 10 o’clock next […]

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The 1955 Slaton Memorandum

September 19, 2016

Very near the end of his life in 1955, former Georgia governor John Marshall Slaton (pictured) wrote this mistake-ridden memorandum justifying his decision to commute the sentence of Leo Frank from execution by hanging to life in prison, a decision which effectively ended his political career. It was found, unpublished, among his papers after his […]

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Conley Star Actor in Dramatic Third Degree

September 16, 2016

Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case. Atlanta Georgian Saturday, May 31st, 1913 In all the grim annals of Atlanta’s criminal history an illiterate negro, Jim Conley, stands out to-day the principal figure in one of the most remarkable and dramatically impressive “third degrees” ever administered by […]

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Conley Tells Graphic Story of Disposal of the Dead Body

September 16, 2016

Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case. Atlanta Constitution Saturday, May 31st, 1913 Following is the complete signed confession of James Conley, the negro sweeper employed at the National Pencil factory, which was made to Chief of Detectives Lanford, Chief of Police Beavers, Harry Scott, of the […]

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Grand Jury Called to Meet Tuesday in Special Session

September 16, 2016

Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case. Atlanta Journal Saturday, May 31st, 1913 Meeting Called by Foreman Lewis H. Beck, but He Declined to Say What the Jury Will Investigate WILL FELDER’S CHARGES BE SIFTED BY JURY? Chief Beavers Silent—Colonel Felder Not Informed About Meeting, but Says […]

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Plan to Confront Conley and Frank for New Admission

September 16, 2016

Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case. Atlanta Georgian Saturday, May 31st, 1913 Police Hope Meeting Will Prove Whether Negro Will Stick to Latest Story Under Eyes of the Man He Accuses—Ready to Pay Penalty. [Important Developments Looked For, but Nothing Sensational Made Public—Insists He Has Told […]

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Mary Phagan’s Murder Was Work of a Negro Declares Leo M. Frank

September 15, 2016

Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case. Atlanta Constitution Saturday, May 31st, 1913 “No Man With Common Sense Would Even Suspect That I Did It,” Prisoner in Fulton Tower Tells Attache. “It’s a Negro’s Crime Through and Through.” Asserts His Innocence to Turnkeys and to Fellow Prisoners. […]

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Silence of Conley Put to End by Georgian

September 15, 2016

Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case. Atlanta Georgian Saturday, May 31st, 1913 That The Georgian played a conspicuous part in obtaining the latest and most important confession from Jim Conley, the negro sweeper, in which he admitted his complicity in the crime, was the declaration of […]

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Conley’s Confession is Given in Full

September 15, 2016

Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case. Atlanta Journal Friday, May 30th, 1913 “On Saturday, April 26, 1913, when I came back to the pencil factory with Mr. Frank I waited for him downstairs like he told me, and when he whistled for me I went upstairs […]

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But One Thing is Proved in Mary Phagan Mystery

September 14, 2016

Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case. Atlanta Constitution Friday, May 30th, 1913 Amid the warp of falsehood and the woof of conjecture, one thing stands out like a scarlet thread in the Mary Phagan murder mystery—for mystery it still is and still will be until a […]

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Negro Conley Now Says He Helped to Carry Away Body

September 14, 2016

Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case. Atlanta Georgian Friday, May 30th, 1913 Chief of Detectives Lanford admitted Friday morning that Jim Conley, under the rack of the third degree, had made the astounding confession that he had assisted Leo M. Frank in disposing of the body […]

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Conley, Taken to Factory, Shows Where Girl Was Found—How They Put Body in Basement

September 14, 2016

Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case. Atlanta Journal Friday, May 30th, 1913 Gruesome Part Played By Him Illustrated In Presence of Detectives, Factory Officials and Newspaper Men, the Negro Goes Over Every Point of His Statement From the Time Frank is Alleged to Have Directed Him […]

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Former Pencil Worker Outlines His Theory

September 14, 2016

Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case. Atlanta Journal Thursday, May 29th, 1913 Gustave Haas, of 165 Pulliam street, who at one time worked at the National Pencil factory, and is familiar with the arrangement of the building, has furnished The Journal with his theory of the […]

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Detectives Seek Corroboration of Conley’s Story

September 13, 2016

Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case. Atlanta Journal Thursday, May 29th, 1913 They Declare That They Are Anxious to Get at the Truth of the Murder Case, Regardless of Who Is Guilty Little if any credence is placed by the city detectives in the theory of […]

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Conley Says He Helped Frank Carry Body of Mary Phagan to Pencil Factory Cellar

September 13, 2016

Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case. Atlanta Constitution Friday, May 30th, 1913 Helped Frank Dispose of Mary Phagan’s Body Conley Now Confesses Negro Sweeper Who Swore to Detectives That He Wrote Murder Notes Found Near Dead Girl’s Body Now Admits His Complicity in Case, According to […]

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Ready to Indict Conley as an Accomplice

September 13, 2016

Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case. Atlanta Georgian Thursday, May 29th, 1913 Dorsey Ready to Act if Negro Sticks to Latest Story Accusing Frank. Solicitor General Hugh M. Dorsey announced that if Conley persisted in his story he would take steps to have him indicted as […]

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Negro Conley’s Affidavit Lays Bare Slaying

September 12, 2016

Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case. Atlanta Georgian Thursday, May 29th, 1913 Swears Frank Told Him Girl Had Hit Her Head Against Something. The Georgian in it second Extra published exclusively the first REAL confession of James Conley, the negro sweeper at the National Pencil Factory, […]

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Conley Re-enacts in Plant Part He Says He Took in Slaying

September 12, 2016

Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case. Atlanta Georgian Thursday, May 29th, 1913 With Detectives Looking On, Negro Shows How He Carried Girl’s Body to Basement at Direction, as He Swear, of His Employer, Leo Frank. As a sensational climax to the confession of his part of […]

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Felder Bribery Charge Expected

September 12, 2016

Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case. Atlanta Georgian Thursday, May 29th, 1913 Believed Beavers Will Try to Have Grand Jury Consider Accusations Against Attorney. That bribery charges against Colonel Thomas B. Felder and others will be placed before the Fulton County Grand Jury by police officials, […]

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Chief Asks Hutcheson for “Protected List”

September 12, 2016

Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case. Atlanta Journal Thursday, May 29th, 1913 Lawyer Not Ready Yet, Is Answer—Beavers Says He Is Disappointed Chief of Police James L. Beavers called Attorney Carl Hutcheson over the telephone Thursday morning and asked if the list of “protected disorderly houses,” […]

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Burns Joins in Hunt for Phagan Slayer

September 5, 2016

Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case. Atlanta Georgian Thursday, May 29th, 1913 All Evidence Gathered by His Operatives Sent to the Noted Detective. James Conley, the negro sweeper at the National Pencil Factory who has turned suspicion on himself with a maze of contradictory statements, was […]

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Governor Slaton’s Leo Frank Commutation Order: Full Text

September 3, 2016

The following is the full text of outgoing Governor John Slaton’s decision to commute Leo Frank’s sentence from death to life in prison. Slaton was widely regarded as corrupt for having made this decision under significant Jewish pressure in the last few days of his administration, and because he was a partner in the law […]

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Negro Sweeper Tells the Story of Murder Notes

September 2, 2016

Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case. Atlanta Constitution Thursday, May 29th, 1913 James Conley Makes New Affidavit, Swearing That He Wrote at the Dictation of Leo M. Frank. EVIDENCE CHAIN NOW COMPLETE, SAY POLICE Conley Declares Frank Gave Him $2.50 for Writing the Notes—He Writes “Night […]

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A. S. Colyar Released From Bond on Thursday

September 1, 2016

Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case. Atlanta Journal Thursday, May 29th, 1913 Tennessee Authorities Failed to Forward Requisition Papers on Date Agreed A. S. Colyar, the Tennessean, who figured conspicuously in the recent dictograph sensation involving bribery charges and countercharges of graft between Colonel Thomas B. […]

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Chief Beavers to Renew His Vice War

September 1, 2016

Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case. Atlanta Georgian Wednesday, May 28th, 1913 Declares That He Will “Clean Out” Disorderly Places When Hutcheson Furnishes List. Renewed crusades to clean out vice in Atlanta have been precipitated by the publication Tuesday of an open letter to Chief of […]

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Woman Writes in Defense of Leo M. Frank

September 1, 2016

Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case. Atlanta Georgian Wednesday, May 28th, 1913 Mrs. Rebecca Brannon Declares Her Belief in Innocence of Factory Superintendent. Mrs. Rebecca C. Brannon, 356 Forest Avenue, a well known Atlanta woman, has written a letter to The Georgian in defense of Leo […]

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Conley Was in Factory on Day of Slaying

August 31, 2016

Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case. Atlanta Georgian Wednesday, May 28th, 1913 Police Secure Admission From Negro Sweeper During Examination for Phagan Clews. Admission that he was in the National Pencil factory on the day of the murder of Mary Phagan was gained from James Conley, […]

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Carl Hutcheson Again Attacks Chief Beavers

August 31, 2016

Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case. Atlanta Journal Wednesday, May 28th, 1913 Calls Rim [sic] “a Contemptible Liar” and a “Pig Head.” Chief Asks for That List Attorney Carl Hutcheson renewed his attack on Police Chief Beavers Wednesday when he gave out an open letter referring […]

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Conley Says Frank Took Him to Plant on Day of Slaying

August 30, 2016

Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case. Atlanta Georgian Wednesday, May 28th, 1913 Negro Sweeper in New Affidavit Denies His Former Testimony and Makes Startling Assertions; Now Declares He Wrote Notes Saturday. James Conley, negro sweeper, in an affidavit made Wednesday, said that he was lying when […]

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Conley Tells in Detail of Writing Notes on Saturday at Dictation of Mr. Frank

August 30, 2016

Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case. Atlanta Journal Wednesday, May 28th, 1913 Negro Declares He Met Mr. Frank on the Street and Accompanied Him Back to the Factory, Where He Was Told to Wait and Watch—He Was Concealed in Wardrobe In Office When Voices Were Heard […]

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Conley Reported to Admit Writing Notes Saturday

August 30, 2016

Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case. Atlanta Constitution Wednesday, May 28th, 1913 Negro Sweeper, It Is Stated, Acknowledges That He Erred in Former Statement to the Detectives. POLICE NOW SATISFIED WITH NEGRO’S EVIDENCE Conley Is Taken to Frank’s Cell, But Prisoner Refused to See Him Except […]

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State Faces Big Task in Trial of Frank as Slayer

August 29, 2016

Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case. Atlanta Georgian Tuesday, May 27th, 1913 What will be the defense of Leo M. Frank when he is called upon next month to answer to the charge of strangling little Mary Phagan? With the confident announcement of the police Monday […]

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Burns Man Quits Case; Declares He Is Opposed

August 29, 2016

Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case. Atlanta Georgian Tuesday, May 27th, 1913 C. W. Tobie, chief criminal investigator for the Burns Detective Agency, formally withdrew from the Phagan investigation Tuesday morning. The calling off of the Burns forces was announced by Dan P. Lehon, superintendent of […]

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Felder Aide Offers Vice List to Chief

August 29, 2016

Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case. Atlanta Georgian Tuesday, May 27th, 1913 Attorney Carl Hutcheson Accuse Beavers of Permitting Unlawful Houses to Operate. GAMBLER’S PLOT, SAYS LANFORD IN HOT REPLY Detective Head Declares “Ring” Is Trying to Fix Charge of Bribery Against Him. Ignoring the fresh […]

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Chief James L. Beavers’ Reply to Mayor Woodward

August 28, 2016

Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case. Atlanta Constitution Tuesday, May 27th, 1913 “If Beavers and Lanford permitted Febuary, ‘a trusted man,’ to go out and circulate lies about corruption in the police department in an effort to trap someone, they have debauched their officers, and the […]

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Felder Barely Missed Being Trapped by His Own Dictograph

August 27, 2016

Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case. Atlanta Journal Tuesday, May 27th, 1913 Last week, when the detectives were laying their plans to trap Colonel Thomas B. Felder with a dictograph, they came very near trapping the colonel with his own instrument. The amusing incident, which has […]

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Suspicion Turned to Conley; Accused by Factory Foreman

August 27, 2016

Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case. Atlanta Georgian Tuesday, May 27th, 1913 Negro, Whose Story That He Wrote Notes at Frank’s Dictation Is Generally Disbelieved, Was Often Drunk. Mrs. White Can Not Identify Him. Suspicion in the Phagan case was Tuesday morning turned full-flare upon James […]

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Burns Agency Quits the Phagan Case; Tobie Leaves Today

August 27, 2016

Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case. Atlanta Constitution Tuesday, May 27th, 1913 Dan P. Lehon Holds Conference With Solicitor General Hugh Dorsey and Other Officials and Then Makes Announcement of Severance of Connection With Case. FELDER TO CONTINUE PROBE, HE DECLARES; NO STATEMENT SOON “One of […]

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The Leo Frank Trial: Closing Arguments, Solicitor Dorsey

August 26, 2016

Originally published by the American Mercury on the 100th anniversary of the Leo Frank trial. by Bradford L. Huie THE AMERICAN MERCURY now presents the final closing arguments by Solicitor Hugh Dorsey (pictured) in the trial of Leo Frank for the murder of Mary Phagan — a powerful summary of the case and a persuasive argument that […]

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Col. Felder Ridicules Idea of Grand Jury Investigation of City Detectives’ Charges

August 26, 2016

Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case. Atlanta Journal Tuesday, May 27th, 1913 Declares Chief Beavers Is Only Bluffing, and That if All the Allegations Made by the Police Were True, It Wouldn’t Be a Case for the Grand Jury, as He Has Violated No Law in […]

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Mason Blocks Attempt to Oust Chief

August 25, 2016

Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case. Atlanta Georgian Monday, May 26th, 1913 Police Board Minority as Anxious to Overthrow Chairman as Beavers and Lanford. Well informed politicians declared Monday that any efforts to remove Chief of Police Beavers and Chief of Detectives Newport Lanford were doomed […]

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Pinkerton Man Says Frank is Guilty

August 25, 2016

Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case. Atlanta Georgian Monday, May 26th, 1913 Pencil Factory Owners Told Him Not to Shield Superintendent, Scott Declares. Harry Scott, assistant superintendent of the Pinkertons, announced Monday his belief that Leo M. Frank was responsible for the slaying of 14-year-old Mary […]

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Accuses Tobie of Kidnaping Attempt

August 25, 2016

Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case. Atlanta Georgian Monday, May 26th, 1913 Topeka, Kans., Chief Wires Beavers That Burns Detective Was Not Convicted. That the local police authorities are tracing the past record of C. W. Tobie, the Burns operative investigating the Phagan case, came definitely […]

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Mayor Gives Out Sizzling Reply to Chief Beavers

August 25, 2016

Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case. Atlanta Georgian Monday, May 26th, 1913 Mayor James G. Woodward Monday gave out a sizzling interview in reply to Police Chief Beavers’ accusations, which he concluded with this statement: “If Beavers and Lanford authorized February [sic]. ‘a trusted man,’ to […]

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The Leo Frank Trial: Closing Arguments of Hooper, Arnold, and Rosser

August 24, 2016

Originally published by the American Mercury on the 100th anniversary of the Leo Frank trial. The American Mercury continues its centenary coverage of the trial of Leo Frank for the slaying of Mary Phagan with the closing arguments presented by the prosecution and defense. by Bradford L. Huie IT’S A LONG READ — but an essential one […]

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100 Years Ago Today: Leo Frank Takes the Stand

August 23, 2016

Originally published by the American Mercury on the 100th anniversary of the Leo Frank trial. In a few days the Mercury will present Week Three of the trial of Leo Frank for the murder of Mary Phagan. Today, on the 100th anniversary of Leo Frank taking the stand in his own defense, we present a digest of […]

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Leo Frank Trial: Week Four

August 22, 2016

Originally published by the American Mercury on the 100th anniversary of the Leo Frank trial. Join The American Mercury as we recount the events of the final week of the trial of Leo Frank (pictured) for the slaying of Mary Phagan. by Bradford L. Huie ON THE HEELS of Leo Frank’s astounding unsworn statement to the court, […]

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Evidence Against Frank Conclusive, Say Police

August 19, 2016

Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case. Atlanta Georgian Monday, May 26th, 1913 Chief of Detectives Newport Lanford Monday announced that the mystery of the Mary Phagan tragedy is solved, as nearly as is possible without the absolute, direct testimony of eyewitnesses, and expressed himself as perfectly […]

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The Leo Frank Trial: Week Three

August 18, 2016

Originally published by the American Mercury on the 100th anniversary of the Leo Frank trial. The trial of Leo Frank (pictured) for the murder of Mary Phagan ended its third week 100 years ago today. Join us as we break through the myths surrounding the case and investigate what really happened. by Bradford L. Huie AS THE […]

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Five Good Men Say if Charges Are Untrue, Says A. S. Colyar to Col. Felder

August 17, 2016

Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case. Atlanta Journal Monday, May 26th, 1913 [A substantial portion of the beginning of this article is illegible with the PDF copy in our possession. If anyone has a copy of this newspaper, please let us know and we can complete […]

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“Thousands in Atlanta Living the Life of Mary Phagan’s Murderer”—Rev. W. W. Memminger

August 17, 2016

Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case. Atlanta Constitution Monday, May 26th, 1913 “Thousands of people in Atlanta are living the lives today that the murderer of Mary Phagan lived, and which culminated in the atrocious crime,” declared Rev. W. W. Memminger, pastor of All Saints’ Episcopal […]

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Mayor Eager to Bring Back Tenderloin, Declares Chief

August 17, 2016

Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case. Atlanta Georgian Monday, May 26th, 1913 Chief of Police James L. Beavers issued a statement Monday forenoon defying his accusers to prove that he had been guilty of any act of moral turpitude as Chief of Police or as a […]

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Tobie Tried to Kidnap Incubator Baby, Says Topeka Police Official

August 17, 2016

Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case. Atlanta Journal Monday, May 26th, 1913 That the past career and record of C. W. Tobie, the Burns investigator who came to Atlanta to probe the Phagan mystery for Colonel Thomas B. Felder, is being investigated by the local police […]

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Frank is Guilty, Says Pinkerton

August 17, 2016

Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case. Atlanta Constitution Monday, May 26th, 1913 Sufficient Evidence Found to Convict Him, Declares Man Hired by the National Pencil Company. Announcing that he had secured evidence sufficient to convict his employer Harry Scott, assistant superintendent of the Pinkertons, who has […]

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Lay Bribery Effort to Frank’s Friends

August 17, 2016

Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case. Atlanta Georgian Monday, May 26th, 1913 Chief of Detectives Lanford was given two papers Monday accusing friends of Leo M. Frank of attempting to bribe a man and a woman to swear that they saw Mary Phagan at 10:30 Saturday […]

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“I Have No Proof of Bribery in Phagan Case,” Says Chief

August 16, 2016

Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case. Atlanta Journal Monday, May 26th, 1913 Chief Detective Declares He Has No Direct Evidence of Attempt to Influence Witnesses, as Published CONLEY STICKS TO STORY UNDER SEVERE GRILLING His Statement That He Wrote Notes at Frank’s Dictation a Disturbing Element—Search […]

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New Witnesses in Phagan Case Found by Police

August 16, 2016

Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case. Atlanta Constitution Monday, May 26th, 1913 Reported Two Telephone Operators Will Swear to Conversations Held Over the Pencil Factory’s Line. GAVE THEIR TESTIMONY BEFORE THE GRAND JURY A. S. Colyar Confers With Chief Beavers on Bribery Allegations—Case Now in Its […]

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Will Take Charge of Graft to Grand Jury for Vindication

August 16, 2016

Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case. Atlanta Georgian Monday, May 26th, 1913 Chief of Police Beavers and Chief of Detectives Lanford both stated emphatically Monday that they intended to go to the full limit of the law in making Thomas B. Felder prove his charges of […]

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Thorough Probe of Charges Against Felder and Latter’s Charges Against Police Asked

August 16, 2016

Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case. Atlanta Journal Monday, May 26th, 1913 “I Shall Lay Evidence Gathered by the Detectives and Col. Felder’s Charges of Graft and Corruption All Before the Grand Jury,” Says the Chief, “Asking That a Searching Investigation Be Made So That the […]

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Thomas Felder Brands the Charges of Bribery Diabolical Conspiracy

August 15, 2016

Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case. Atlanta Constitution Sunday, May 25th, 1913 Thomas B. Felder, the Atlanta lawyer who is accused of having offered a bribe for an affidavit of J. W. Coleman, stepfather of Mary Phagan, now in the possession of the police, yesterday issued […]

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C. W. Tobie, Burns’ Agent, Tells of the Conferences He Held With A. S. Colyar

August 15, 2016

Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case. Atlanta Constitution Sunday, May 25th, 1913 following affidavit concerning his connection with the Phagan case and with A. S. Colyar. Georgia, Fulton County—Personally appeared before the undersigned, an officer authorized by law to administer oaths, C. W. Tobie, who, first, […]

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Here Is the Dictagraph Record of Woodward’s Conversation

August 14, 2016

Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case. Atlanta Constitution Sunday, May 25th, 1913 Going to A. S. Colyar’s room in Williams House No. 2, on Forsyth street, Wednesday afternoon to make efforts to get information of alleged grafting on the part of Chief of Police Beavers and […]

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Frank is Praised by John O. Parmele

August 14, 2016

Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case. Atlanta Constitution Sunday, May 25th, 1913 National Pencil Company Director Gives Written Statement of Confidence in Superintendent. Declaring that he cannot too strongly indorse Leo Frank’s moral character or business capacity, John O. Parmele, president of the Parmele company, manufacturers […]

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Colyar Declared Criminal and Not Worthy of Belief in Four Sworn Statements

August 14, 2016

Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case. Atlanta Constitution Sunday, May 25th, 1913 Four sworn statements concerning the career of A. S. Colyar, and declaring him a criminal and unworthy of belief, have been furnished The Constitution by Colonel Thomas B. Felder. They are as follows: Record […]

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“Charge Framed Up by a Dirty Gang”

August 13, 2016

Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case. Atlanta Constitution Sunday, May 25th, 1913 That’s the Way Mayor James G. Woodward Made Answer Saturday to Published Dictagraph [sic] Record. After Mayor James G. Woodward and read the published dictagraph record of the conversation alleged to have been held […]

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Felder’s Charges of Graft Rotten

August 13, 2016

Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case. Atlanta Constitution Sunday, May 25th, 1913 Lanford Declares No Printable Words Can Be Found to Describe Lawyer’s Attack. “As for Tom Felder’s charges of graft in the police or detective departments,” said Chief Lanford last night, “they are as rotten […]

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Woodward Hoots at the Idea of “Plot” to Oust Beavers

August 13, 2016

Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case. Atlanta Journal Sunday, May 25th, 1913 Mayor Woodward last night was interviewed by a Journal reporter in regard to Chief Beavers’ statement. Among other things, the mayor said: “I haven’t read the chief’s statement; but if he charges or intimates […]

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Others Will Be Involved In New Bribery Charges Intimates Chief Lanford

August 13, 2016

Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case. Atlanta Constitution Sunday, May 25th, 1913 The probability of bribery charges to be made against others as well as Colonel Felder was intimated last night by Chief Lanford to a Constitution reporter. Documentary evidence involving one or more men is […]

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“You Went to Williams House Like a Lamb to the Slaughter,” Colyar Tells Felder in Letter

August 12, 2016

Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case. Atlanta Journal Sunday, May 25th, 1913 Former Tennesseean [sic] in Open Letter Tells Colonel Felder That He Was Never Caught With Goods Until Last Wednesday—Colyar Says He Strayed From the Path He Should Have Followed When He Went to Wash […]

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Frank Indicted in Phagan Case

August 12, 2016

Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case. Atlanta Constitution Sunday, May 25th, 1913 He Will Not Go to Trial Before the Latter Part of June, According to Solicitor General Dorsey. Leo M. Frank, indicted Saturday afternoon for the murder of Mary Phagan, the 14-year-old girl whose dead […]

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The Leo Frank Trial: Week Two

August 12, 2016

Originally published by the American Mercury on the 100th anniversary of the Leo Frank trial. The trial of Leo Frank for the murder of Mary Phagan ended its second week 100 years ago today. Join us as we delve into the original documents of the time and learn what the jurors learned. by Bradford L. Huie THE […]

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Here Are Affidavits Submitted by Col. Felder

August 11, 2016

Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case. Atlanta Journal Sunday, May 25th, 1913 Following are five affidavits submitted to the newspapers by Colonel Thomas B. Felder, of Atlanta, for publication with his statement answering the dictograph quotations. First appears the affidavit of C. W. Tobie, representative of […]

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Dorsey to Present Graft Charges if They Stand Up

August 6, 2016

Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case. Atlanta Georgian Sunday, May 25th, 1913 Hugh M. Dorsey, Solicitor General, made it plain last night that if investigation develops the fact that there is anything in the charges of graft and corruption in the police department, or that Colonel […]

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Frank the Guilty Man, Declares Chief Lanford

August 6, 2016

Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case. Atlanta Constitution Sunday, May 25th, 1913 “Frank will be convicted. He is the guilty man, and we will show it beyond a doubt. Evidence that we hold but will not reveal will startle those who believe his innocence into conviction […]

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“Lanford is the Controlling Genius of Conspiracy to Protect the Murderer of Little Mary Phagan”

August 5, 2016

Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case. Atlanta Journal Sunday, May 25th, 1913 So Declares Colonel Thomas B. Felder in Scathing Arraignment of Chief of Detectives and Those Assisting Him. Says Lanford and the Pinkerton Detectives Are Doing All They Can to Hamper the Phagan Investigation — […]

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The Leo Frank Trial: Week One

August 5, 2016

Originally published by the American Mercury on the 100th anniversary of the Leo Frank trial. 100 years ago today the trial of the 20th century ended its first week, shedding brilliant light on the greatest murder mystery of all time: the murder of Mary Phagan. And you are there. by Bradford L. Huie THE MOST IMPORTANT testimony […]

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‘Colyar Arrest Proper End to Plot of Crook’

August 4, 2016

Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case. Atlanta Georgian Sunday, May 25th, 1913 Woodward Brands Dictograph Trap Scheme to Make Him “Goat” Against Beavers. Mayor Woodward declared Saturday night that the sensational dictograph records were merely the “froth of a plot of a ‘dirty gang,’” and too […]

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“Knew It Was Coming,” Declares Cole Blease

August 4, 2016

Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case. Atlanta Constitution Sunday, May 25th, 1913 Columbia, S. C., May 24.—(Special.—Governor Cole Blease, on whom the dictagraph [sic] was first sprung in the south, and by a strange coincidence through the instrumentality of Colonel T. B. Felder, feels that his […]

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Colyar Imputes Arrest to Felder Conspiracy

August 4, 2016

Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case. Atlanta Journal Sunday, May 25th, 1913 Knoxville Charge Against Him Not Pressed for More Than Four Years A. S. Colyar was detained late Saturday afternoon on the request of E. D. Conners, chief of police of Knoxville, Tenn. to face […]

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Long Criminal Record of Colyar is Cited

August 4, 2016

Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case. Atlanta Georgian Sunday, May 25th, 1913 A deluge of statements and affidavits tending to connect him with criminal operations all over the United States and Mexico, and showing that he has served time in half a dozen penitentiaries and been […]

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Says Chief is Able to Care for Himself

August 3, 2016

Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case. Atlanta Constitution Sunday, May 25th, 1913 Marion Jackson Has No Comment to Make on Beavers-Felder Controversy. Marion Jackson and John J. Eagan, leaders of the Men and Forward Religion Movement were seen strolling down Decatur street last night about 9:30 […]

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Citizens Deny Authority for Using Their Names

August 3, 2016

Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case. Atlanta Journal Sunday, May 25th, 1913 Capt. English, Robt. F. Maddox and Others Comment on Dictograph Interview Captain James W. English, president of the Fourth National bank, Saturday gave The Journal a statement to the effect that he has had […]

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Colyar, Held as Forger, is Freed on Bond; Long Crime Record Charged

August 3, 2016

Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case. Atlanta Georgian Sunday, May 25th, 1913 Athens Judge Tells Colonel Felder That Dictograph ‘Trapper’ Is Under Suspended Sentence in Georgia. Knoxville Complaint To Be Pressed. A. S. Colyar, soldier of fortune, who plotted the destruction, by means of the dictograph, […]

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Police Chairman Confident of Honesty of Officials

August 3, 2016

Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case. Atlanta Constitution Sunday, May 25th, 1913 “Except to say that I have absolute confidence in the honesty and integrity of Chiefs James L. Beavers and Newport Lanford, I do not care to express myself,” said Carlos Mason, chairman of the […]

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Chief Lanford Calls Felder’s Charges False

August 2, 2016

Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case. Atlanta Journal Sunday, May 25th, 1913 Denies That Police Have Suppressed Evidence in the Phagan Mystery Chief of Detectives Newport Lanford when apprised of Colonel Felder’s statement as issued Saturday afternoon to the effect that the police had plotted to […]

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April 26, 2016 Audiobook in Memory of Little Mary Phagan (1899 – 1913)

August 1, 2016

This is the epic true crime case from early 20th century Atlanta resulting from 13-year-old little Mary Phagan’s murder by Leo M. Frank in 1913 – her employer and superintendent at the National Pencil Company in 1913. Leo Frank’s lynching was inspired by outraged citizens after his death sentence was commuted by his lead trial […]

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Attorney, in Long Statement, Claims Dictograph Records Against Him Padded

July 30, 2016

Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case. Atlanta Georgian Sunday, May 25th, 1913 Colonel Thomas B. Felder Saturday night issued an exhaustive statement denying once more that he had offered a bribe of $1,000 to Chief Lanford’s clerk, G. C. February [sic], for evidence involving his superiors; […]

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Colyar Tells Where He and Col Felder Ought to be for Good of Society

July 30, 2016

Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case. Atlanta Journal Sunday, May 25th, 1913 Editor The Journal: I herewith hand you a telegram in answer to one that I got Chief of Police Beavers to send, which explains one of Thomas B. Felder’s visions, which appeared in the […]

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Colyar a Success in Preacher Role

July 29, 2016

Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case. Atlanta Constitution Sunday, May 25th, 1913 Professed Conversion During Revival at Cartersville and Married Rich Widow Before the Meeting Was Over. Athens, Ga., May 24.—(Special.)—A. S. Colyar, now in the public eye in the Felder matter, had a short, hot, […]

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“Felder is the Mouthpiece of the Vice Gang,” Declares Chief of Police Jas. L. Beavers

July 29, 2016

Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case. Atlanta Journal Sunday, May 25th, 1913 “This is the First Gun in a Fight to Oust Me From Office,” Says the Chief in an Interview Given Out Saturday Afternoon — “This Issue Is Between the Decent People and the Allies […]

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I’ll Indict Gang, Says Beavers

July 28, 2016

Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case. Atlanta Georgian Sunday, May 25th, 1913 Declares He Will Die Fighting ‘Foes of Reform’ Felder Denies Bribe Charges and Scores Police Chief Sees Conspiracy to Overthrow His Rule and Calls Felder Leader in the Plot Chief of Police James L. […]

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“Becker of South” Lanford is Branded by Col. Tom Felder

July 28, 2016

Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case. Atlanta Constitution Sunday, May 25th, 1913 System of Corruption as Poisonous as That of the Mafia Exists in Atlanta, According to Statement Made by Attorney Accused of Trying to Bribe Secretary G. C. Febuary to Steal Affidavit in the Phagan […]

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State Didn’t Show its Case to Secure Indictment Against Superintendent Leo M. Frank

July 28, 2016

Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case. Atlanta Journal Sunday, May 24th, 1913 No Documentary Evidence Was Placed Before the Grand Jury and James Conley, the Negro Sweeper Who Made Sensational Affidavit About Writing Certain Notes at Frank’s Dictation on Day Before Tragedy, Was Not Examined by […]

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Felder’s Fight is to Get Chief and Lanford Out of Office

July 28, 2016

Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case. Atlanta Georgian Saturday, May 24th, 1913 Chief of Detectives Newport A. Lanford said Saturday that the whole sinister significance of the charges brought against Colonel Thomas B. Felder lay in the fact that the forces of evil in the city […]

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100 Years Ago Today: The Trial of Leo Frank Begins

July 28, 2016

Originally published by the American Mercury on the 100th anniversary of the Leo Frank trial. Take a journey through time with the American Mercury, and experience the trial of Leo Frank (pictured, in courtroom sketch) for the murder of Mary Phagan just as it happened as revealed in contemporary accounts. The Mercury will be covering this historic […]

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Beavers Says He Will Seek Indictments

July 27, 2016

Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case. Atlanta Georgian Saturday, May 24th, 1913 “Gang of Vice Promoters Have Been After Me,” Declares Police Chief. Chief of Police J. L. Beavers, in answering the turmoil of accusations of graft and frame-ups which have been cast at himself and […]

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Residents of Bellwood Ask The Journal to Say That Mr. Felder Was Not Employed by Them

July 27, 2016

Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case. Atlanta Journal Saturday, May 24th, 1913 Certain residents of Bellwood, the part of Atlanta where live Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Coleman, the parents of little Mary Phagan, wish The Journal to put them publicly on record in denouncing as […]

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Blease Ironic in Comments on Felder Trap

July 27, 2016

Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case. Atlanta Georgian Saturday, May 24th, 1913 COLUMBIA, S. C., May 24.—When asked for a comment upon the Felder dictograph story, Governor Blease dictated the following: I do not see that it is necessary for me to give out any interview […]

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Chief Lanford Replies to Col. T. B. Felder

July 27, 2016

Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case. Atlanta Journal Saturday, May 24th, 1913 “Where Is Col. Felder’s Fee in Phagan Case Coming From?” He Asks Chief of Detectives Newport Lanford told The Journal Saturday afternoon that he doesn’t want to make any formal statement at this time […]

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Frame-Up Aimed at Burns’ Men, Says Tobie

July 26, 2016

Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case. Atlanta Georgian Saturday, May 24th, 1913 Denouncing A. S. Colyar as an “eagle-beaked crook,” W. C. Tobie, the Burns detective who is here making an investigation of the Phagan case, declared on Saturday that the charges of bribery and double-dealing […]

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Frank’s Attorneys Make No Comment

July 26, 2016

Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case. Atlanta Journal Saturday, May 24th, 1913 Neither L. Z. Rosser Nor Herbert Haas Had Any Statement to Make “Not a word to say,” was Attorney Luther Z. Rosser’s comment when informed by a Journal reporter that his client, Leo M. […]

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Strangulation Charge is in Indictments

July 26, 2016

Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case. Atlanta Georgian Saturday, May 24th, 1913 True Bills Already Drawn by Solicitor Against Frank and Lee. The Grand Jury resumed Saturday morning the Phagan murder case with indictments against Leo M. Frank and Newt Lee charging strangulation. While nothing definite […]

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Felder is Charged with Bribe Offer for Phagan Papers

July 26, 2016

Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case. Atlanta Constitution Saturday, May 24th, 1913 City Detective Department Holds Statements Alleging Attorney Made Attempt to Secure Coleman Affidavit. SAY FELDER OFFERED $1,000 FOR THE PAPER Report of Conversation Between Col. Felder, Secretary Febuary and A. S. Colyar Taken Down […]

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Girl Strangled, Says Indictment

July 25, 2016

Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case. Atlanta Constitution Saturday, May 24th, 1913 Grand Jury is Now Engaged in Conducting Investigation of the Murder of Mary Phagan. That the state in its bills of indictment for the murder of Mary Phagan, brought separately against Leo M. Frank […]

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Newt Lee Will Give Convicting Evidence Attorney Indicates

July 25, 2016

Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case. Atlanta Journal Saturday, May 24th, 1913 Bernard L. Chappell, Lawyer for Negro Suspect, Declares His Client’s Testimony to Be Invaluable to the Case Bernard L. Chappell, attorney for Newt Lee, the negro night watchman held as a suspect in connection […]

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Colyar Called Convict and Insane

July 25, 2016

Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case. Atlanta Georgian Saturday, May 24th, 1913 Records Show He Has Been Confined in Numerous Prisons and Twice in Asylum. Who is A. S. Colyar? The records show that Colyar was once confined in the Middle Tennessee Insane Asylum, and that […]

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Chief Beavers Not Surprised at Col. Felder’s Statements

July 25, 2016

Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case. Atlanta Constitution Saturday, May 24th, 1913 “I am not surprised,” said Chief Beavers when asked to give an expression on Colonel T. B. Felder’s alleged statement regarding graft and immorality in the detective department. “I am not surprised in the […]

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Charlie C. Jones Shown by Dictograph to Have Been Foxy; Detective Miles Talks Freely

July 24, 2016

Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case. Atlanta Journal Saturday, May 24th, 1913 Proprietor of “Rex” Near-Beer Saloon and Private Sleuth Are Quoted as Having Negotiated With Febuary for Papers in Phagan Case—Jones Was Very Cautious in His Utterances MILES WAS QUITE POSITIVE MAYOR WOODWARD WOULD SEE […]

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Felder Charges Police Plot to Shield Slayer

July 24, 2016

Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case. Atlanta Georgian Saturday, May 24th, 1913 Colonel Thomas B. Felder entered into an explicit and detailed denial to The Georgian of all the charges of attempted bribery contained in the affidavits signed by G. C. Febuary, secretary to Chief of […]

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A. S. Colyar Makes Answer to Charges of Col. Felder

July 24, 2016

Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case. Atlanta Constitution Saturday, May 24th, 1913 A. S. Colyar, when seen last night by a representative of The Atlanta Constitution, gave out the following statement: “I have just read Colonel T. B. Felder’s card in the bedtime edition of The […]

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Dorsey Steers Clear of Felder Controversy

July 24, 2016

Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case. Atlanta Journal Saturday, May 24th, 1913 Says He Will Not Allow Himself to Be Drawn Into Row of Attorney and Detectives Solicitor General Hugh M. Dorsey said Saturday morning relative to the Felder affair: “This controversy will have no bearing […]

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Three Strangling Deaths: Why I Chose to Write About the Leo Frank Case

July 23, 2016

by Scott Aaron IT MAY WELL BE the greatest murder mystery of all time. Some assert that the Mary Phagan murder case is solved, but those who so assert are of two different and mutually exclusive camps. And those two camps still stand diametrically opposed to this day, four generations later. The case aroused the […]

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Miles Says He Had Mayor Go to Room

July 22, 2016

Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case. Atlanta Georgian Saturday, May 24th, 1913 Wanted Woodward to See Just What Sort of a Crook Colyar Was, He Declares. Edward O. Miles, a private detective, assumes the responsibility for the presence of Mayor Woodward at the Williams House, resulting […]

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Solicitor General Dorsey Talks of the Bribe Charge

July 22, 2016

Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case. Atlanta Constitution Saturday, May 24th, 1913 A merry laugh was the first comment made by Solicitor General Hugh Dorsey when told of the reported dictograph evidence in which Colonel T. B. Felder is quoted as saying that he could control […]

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Graft and Corruption are Charged to City Detectives and Police by Col. T. B. Felder

July 22, 2016

Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case. Atlanta Journal Saturday, May 24th, 1913 Attorney Who Was Dictographed by the Detectives Gives Out a Statement, Additional to the One He Made Friday Afternoon, in Which He Goes After Police and Detective Departments, and Intimates That More Is to […]

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Plot on Life of Beavers Told by Colyar

July 22, 2016

Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case. Atlanta Georgian Saturday, May 24th, 1913 But He Fails to Produce Man to Prove Charge, as He Promised. A. S. Colyar, Jr. failed entirely to produce the “mysterious man” whom he declared had been hired to “shoot to death” Chief […]

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Coleman Affidavit Which Police Say Felder Wanted

July 21, 2016

Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case. Atlanta Constitution Saturday, May 24th, 1913 State of Georgia, Fulton County: The affiant, J. W. Coleman and wife, citizens of Atlanta, Ga., who reside at 146 Lindsay street. The affiant is the stepfather of Mary Phagan, deceased, the child who […]

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The Journal’s Big Story of Dictograph and Alleged Bribe Has Stirred the Whole City

July 21, 2016

Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case. Atlanta Journal Saturday, May 24th, 1913 Chief Lanford Stated Saturday That Mayor Woodward, C. C. Jones and Others Were Also Dictographed on the Same Day That Col. Felder Was—The Complete Dictograph Record of These Conversations Appears in Today’s Journal “I […]

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Mayor Admits Dictograph is Correct

July 21, 2016

Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case. Atlanta Georgian Saturday, May 24th, 1913 Denies, However, That He Ever Offered Money During Course of Conversation Recorded. Mayor Woodward Saturday admitted that the dictograph record of his conversation in the room of the mysterious Colyar was correct. After reading […]

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Mayor Woodward Reported Caught by the Dictograph Seeking Police Evidence

July 21, 2016

Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case. Atlanta Constitution Saturday, May 24th, 1913 The little dictograph cunningly hidden in Detective Colyar’s room in the Williams House No. 2 is said to have caught a conversation between Mayor James G. Woodward, Secretary G. C. Febuary of the detective […]

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“Dirty Gang” Filled Out Record or Else “Fooled Dictograph” — Mayor Woodward.

July 20, 2016

Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case. Atlanta Journal Saturday, May 24th, 1913 Big Part of Published Record Absolutely Untrue, Declares Mayor, Though “There’s Nothing In It,” He Says “WHOLE THING AMOUNTS TO HIRING DETECTIVE” “It’s all a frame-up of a dirty gang,” declared Mayor James G. […]

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Jones Attacks Beavers and Charges Police Crookedness

July 20, 2016

Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case. Atlanta Georgian Saturday, May 24th, 1913 The following conversation occurred in room No. 31, at Williams House No. 2, 34-36 N. Forsyth Street, Atlanta, Ga., Wednesday evening, between 8 and 9 o’clock, between C. C. Jones, E. O. Miles and […]

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Career of A. S. Colyar Reads Like Some Story In the Arabian Nights

July 20, 2016

Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case. Atlanta Constitution Saturday, May 24th, 1913 The criminal career of A. S. Colyar reads like a story from the Arabian Nights. Probably no man in Tennessee has imposed so successfully upon the public and has escaped so lightly. The son […]

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“We Have Enough Votes if We Get the Evidence,” the Mayor is Quoted by the Dictograph

July 19, 2016

Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case. Atlanta Journal Saturday, May 24th, 1913 The Journal is Presenting Below the Complete Stenographic Report of the Interview in the Williams House, In Which Mayor Woodward, E. O. Miles, G. C. Febuary and A. S. Colyar Took Part, While the […]

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