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    GA - Mary Phagan, 13, Atlanta, 26 April 1913

    0. The Leo Frank Case (Mary Phagan) Inside Story of Georgia's Greatest Murder Mystery 1913 - The first neutral book written on the subject. Very interesting read.

    1. The Murder of Little Mary Phagan by Mary Phagan Kean (Available here on www.Archive.org). Written by Mary Phagan Kean, the great grand niece of Mary Phagan. A neutral account of the events surrounding the trial of Leo Frank. The Murder of Little Mary Phagan is well worth reading and it is a refreshing change from the endless number of Jewish and contemporary books turning the Leo Frank case into a neurotic race obsessed tabloid controversy.

    2. American State Trials, volume X (1918) by John Lawson (Available here on www.Archive.org and LeoFrank.org) Tends to be biased in favor of Leo Frank and his legal defense team, this document provides an abridged version of the Brief of Evidence, leaving out some important things said and details when it republishes parts of the trial testimony. Be sure to read the closing arguments of Luther Zeigler Rosser, Reuben Rose Arnold, Frank Arthur Hooper and Hugh Manson Dorsey. For a more complete version of the Leo M. Frank trial testimony, read the 1913 murder trial brief of evidence found on www.LeoFrank.org and you can see what was left out.

    3. Argument of Hugh M. Dorsey in the Trial of Leo Frank (Available here on www.archive.org and www.LeoFrank.org). Some but not all of the 9 hours of arguments given to the Jury at the end of the Leo Frank trial. Only 18 Libraries in the world have copies of this books. It can be found here on archive.org thanks to leofrank.org. This is an excellent book and required reading to see how Dorsey in sales vernacular 'closed' a Jury of 12 men and Judge Roan.

    4. Leo M. Frank, Plaintiff in Error, vs. State of Georgia, Defendant in Error. In Error from Fulton Superior Court at the July Term 1913, Brief of Evidence. Extremely rare, only 1 copy exists, and it is at the Georgia State Archive. This document is available now on LeoFrank.org.

    5. The Atlanta Constitution, April 28 to August 27 1913. One can sign up at www.AJC.com if they would like to pay $30 a month, to retrieve 30 articles a month on the Leo Frank case as reported by this newspaper.

    6. The Atlanta Journal, April 28 to August 27 1913. One can sign up at www.AJC.com if they would like to pay $30 a month, to retrieve 30 articles a month on the Leo Frank case as reported by this newspaper.

    7. The Atlanta Georgian, April 28th to August 27th 1913. Hearst's Tabloid Yellow Journalism.

    8. Tom Watson's Jeffersonian and Watson's Magazine: Watson's Magazine, January 1915, Watson's Magazine, March 1915; Watson's Magazine, August 1915, Watson's Magazine, September 1915, and Watson's Magazine, October of 1915. (Available here on www.Archive.org and LeoFrank.org). Tom Watson's best work on the Leo M. Frank case was published in September 1915. Watson's five works written collectively on the Leo M. Frank topic, provide logical arguments confirming the guilt of Leo M. Frank with superb reasoning.

    These five works are absolutely required reading for anyone interested in the Leo M. Frank Case. Tom Watson's magazine publications surged from 30,000 to 100,000 copies, when it was announced he would be writing on the Leo Frank case. These magazines are extremely rare and very difficult to find. However they have been scanned and are available on both www.Archive.org and www.leofrank.org

    1. The Leo Frank Case By Tom Watson (January 1915) Watson's Magazine Volume 20 No. 3. See page 139 for the Leo Frank Case. Jeffersonian Publishing Company, Thomson, Ga., Digital Source Archive.org

    2. The Full Review of the Leo Frank Case By Tom Watson (March 1915) Volume 20. No. 5. See page 235 for 'A Full Review of the Leo Frank Case'. Jeffersonian Publishing Company, Thomson, Ga., Digital Source Archive.org

    3. The Celebrated Case of The State of Georgia vs. Leo Frank By Tom Watson (August 1915) Volumne 21, No 4. See page 182 for 'The Celebrated Case of the State of Georgia vs. Leo Frank". Jeffersonian Publishing Company, Thomson, Ga., Digital Source Archive.org

    4. The Official Record in the Case of Leo Frank, Jew Pervert By Tom Watson (September 1915) Volume 21. No. 5. See page 251 for 'The Official Record in the Case of Leo Frank, Jew Pervert'. Jeffersonian Publishing Company, Thomson, Ga., Digital Source Archive.org

    5. The Rich Jews Indict a State! The Whole South Traduced in the Matter of Leo Frank By Tom Watson (October 1915) Volume 21. No. 6. See page 301. Jeffersonian Publishing Company, Thomson, Ga., Digital Source Archive.org

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    I have not read this book but a couple others about this killing.

    My conclusion after what I have read is that there is a good chance that Frank did indeed kill the girl. I think he may have been a secretive, obsessed man who was exposed to young girls under his control and may have killed Mary Phagan quite accidently. I know that goes against a lot of the traditional views of the case. I don't think hisn being Jewish had a thing to do withn it.
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    I've read a number of books over many years about the Mary Phagan rape/murder case. My opinion is that Frank hurt her in some way as she struggled against his advances. He then had to kill her to keep her from talking/telling. Whether or not he raped her at all or before, during or after she died, I don't really know; but I'm convinced Conley raped her after she was dead. Probably after he took her down to the basement to dispose of her as Frank allegedly ordered him to do.

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    Sadly this is one of those situations with so much emotion involved that it impedes any rational investigation. Most authors who have written about it do so from the assumption Frank was an innocent man, railroaded because of prejudice. There certainly was a lot of it in Atlanta at the time and much of the news coverage was disgraceful and inflammatory. Frank's terrible death and the justified outrage felt in the North over it have tended to cloud a lot of the issues.
    I think after nearly a hundred years we should be able to have some objectivity, without the politically correct accusations made at people who think Frank was guilty as charged.
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