Mary Phagan at Home Last Friday, Says Mother

Mary Phagan at Home Last Friday Says MotherAnother in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case.

Atlanta Journal

Wednesday, April 30th, 1913

Mrs. W. J. Coleman, mother of Mary Phagan, says that the girl was at home during Friday and Friday night, and could not possibly have been the one seen at the Terminal station Friday morning by H. P. Sibley, gateman, and T. R. Malone, special officer.

Just as a young man with a ticket for Washington reached one of the gates to the tracks at the Terminal station, he was stopped Friday morning by a pretty girl, who pleaded with him not to leave her. The girl finally reached such a state of hysteria that the man turned away from the gate, and they left the station together.

Both the gateman and the special officer identified Mary Phagan was this girl. But Mrs. Coleman says that their identification is a complete mistake. Mary Phagan, she insists, was at home during the day and the night on Friday and could not possibly have been at the Terminal station.


City Detectives Black and Rosser and Harry Scott, of the Pinkertons, visited the pencil factory Wednesday afternoon following the morning session of the coroner’s inquest. They stated in response to questions that they wanted to question some one in the factory, but what the line of their inquiry was could not be learned.

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Atlanta Journal, April 30th 1913, “Mary Phagan at Home Last Friday, Says Mother,” Leo Frank case newspaper article series (Original PDF)