Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case.
August 8, 1913
Dr. LeRoy W. Childs who was the first witness placed on the stand by the defense underwent a rigorous cross examination by Solicitor Dorsey.
The solicitor showed a keen knowledge of medicine and chemistry in the volley of questions he fired at the medical expert, and, upon one occasion elicited the admission from the witness that he was not informed of a certain phase of laboratory work on which great stress had been laid by Dr. Roy Harris who preceded Dr. Childs to the stand.
In concluding his testimony Dr. Childs when asked by the solicitor who explained the condition in which Mary Phagan’s body had been discovered declared that it was his opinion death did not result from the blow upon the head.
Dr. Childs was on the stand at the opening of the afternoon session under direct examination of Attorney Arnold.
“State whether or not doctor a bruise upon an eye can be inflicted after death?”
“Such a bruise could be produced before the body is cold. Some bodies retain heat longer than others.”
“Can a blow on the back of the head cause a black eye?”
“Such a blow could blacken both eyes.”Continue Reading →