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 attorney’s law partner the Governor John M. Slaton; followed by the century-long effort by Frank’s Jewish co-religionists to exonerate him, ending with his pardon in 1986 by the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles–which specifically refrained, however, from exonerating Frank.
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In spite of the fact that the author Mary Phagan (now Mary Phagan Kean) is the great-niece of little Mary Phagan, and naturally has strong emotions about the affair, this book contains the most balanced account of the case so far, as Ms. Kean has gone back to the complete trial record, and studied it extensively. She corrects the false statements that are mendaciously used in most accounts to convince readers or viewers of Frank’s supposed innocence, while acknowledging that it it impossible to know with 100% certainty that Frank was the murderer.