Chapter Eight


Fighting for Leo Frank


ON THE MORNING of Sunday, April 27, 1913, at about 3:30 a.m., a night watchman named Newt Lee discovered the lifeless body of thirteen-year-old Mary Phagan in the basement of the Atlanta-based National Pencil Factory. Sawdust, pencil shavings, and soot covered the young factory girl. She had bruises and cuts on her face.1 A subsequent medical examination revealed that Phagan had been strangled and sexually abused.2

Police investigating the crime scene discovered two notes—later to become known as the “murder ...

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