Negro Girl is Arrested in Phagan Murder Case


Minola McKnight

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 girl, is said to have entered the Phagan mystery in a sensational matter. The woman was brought to Solicitor Dorsey’s office Monday afternoon by Detectives Starnes and Campbell, who are working exclusively on the Phagan mystery, and was examined by the solicitor.

The girl was then carried to police headquarters, where she was docketed and the charge of suspicion placed against her name.

The solicitor and the detectives refuse to discuss the girl’s connection with the Phagan mystery.

The woman was excited and hysterical and continued to shout: “I am going to hang, and I don’t know a thing about it.”

Still weeping and shouting that she was going to hang, although innocent, the woman aws [sic] led shortly after 2 o’clock, to cell at police headquarters.

When the woman first went to Solicitor Dorsey’s office, the officers had with her a negro boy, whose name is unknown. The boy was released after the examination.

* * *

Atlanta Journal, June 2nd 1913, “Negro Girl is Arrested in Phagan Murder Case,” Leo Frank case newspaper article series (Original PDF)