Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case.
August 9th, 1913
By O. B. Keeler
There are two things about the Frank trial that entitle it to distinguished consideration.
Thus far not a single alienist has been called to bat, and only the common or domesticated type of the dread Hypothetical Question has appeared.
In most of our great murder trials, the alienist is the last resort, or one of the latest resorts. Usually he is introduced by the defense; anywhere from four to eight of him.
The prosecution promptly counters with an equal number of wheel inspectors.
The defense (Vide Thaw case) generally proves to its own satisfaction that the defendant was crazy when he did it, but since has recovered his equilibrium, his alibi and all the rest of his scattered personal effects.
The four to eight experts for the State differ slightly with this finding.Continue Reading →