Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case.
August 8th, 1913
By O. B. KEELER.
They call it a chain that the State has forged, or has tried to forge, to hold Leo Frank to the murder of Mary Phagan.
But isn’t it a rope?
A chain, you know, is as strong as its weakest link. Take one link out, and the chain comes apart.
With a rope, it’s different.
Strand after strand might be cut or broken, and the rope still holds a certain weight. Then might come a time when the cutting of one more strand would cause the rope to break.
The point is, the finished rope will sustain a weight that would instantly snap any one of its several strands.
Bits of Evidence Threads.
And that is what the various bits of circumstantial evidence might better be called—strands or threads.
Edgar Allen Poe, in “The Mystery of Marie Roget,” has nearly exhausted the philosophical phase of accumulative circumstance and its relation to evidence.Continue Reading →