My book, The Murder of Little Mary Phagan is available free here:

Little Mary Phagan

The Mary Phagan Family: The Truth of the Leo Frank Case 11 Sources for Further Study On the 100th Anniversary (April 26, 2013) of Mary Phagan’s rape and murder, the trial Brief of Evidence and appeals records of the Leo Frank case were digitized.

The voluminous Atlanta newspaper reports about the crime are now available online. As a young girl, my father and I spent summers going through the microfilm at Georgia State. Now these resources have been made available for data mining:

 

The Murder of Mary Phagan, Coroner’s Inquest, Grand Jury, Investigation, Trial, Appeals (archive.org) NO LONGER AVAILABLE.


Newsletters

 

Phagan Family Position Paper
https://www.littlemaryphagan.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/PhaganFamilyPositionPaper.6.11.1938519.pdf

Smearing of Little Mary Phagan by the Supporters of Leo Frank

https://www.littlemaryphagan.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/FinalPhaganNewsletter2.9.29.201938841-1.pdf

Why the Secrecy?

https://www.littlemaryphagan.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/FINAL.PFNL_.no_.3.12.13.2019.pdf

Former Governor Roy Barnes Claims Leo Frank Did Not Kill Mary Phagan, What He Doesn’t Want You to Know?
https://www.littlemaryphagan.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/FINAL-Barnes.pdf

Steve Oney says “NO NEW EVIDENCE” to exonerate Leo Frank for murder of Little Mary Phagan

Detailed account of Why Leo Frank was convicted!
https://medium.com/@MoeJacobs/why-was-leo-frank-was-convicted-d8793be51e4d

Little Mary Phagan Case History

Since the Conviction Integrity Unit has been established to review the Leo Frank Case, BOOKS have been BANNED, Georgia and Supreme Court records, YouTube Videos have been removed, and Original newspaper links are NO LONGER AVAILABLE!

Why?

To Silence the "Opposing View". What is the truth of the Leo Frank Case? Truth has become inappropriate or offensive or objectionable and is deemed hate speech to impose censorship.

Facts are not hateful!!!

Little Mary Phagan

My name is Mary Phagan-Kean and I am the great-niece and namesake of “Little Mary Phagan,” the thirteen-year-old girl who was raped and murdered by B’Nai B’Rith leader Leo Max Frank on April 26, 1913.

Leo Frank, who admitted he was the last person to see Mary alive, was the factory manager at the National Pencil Company, where the Sam Nunn federal building stands today, and where Mary worked and was killed.

On August 25, 1913, after a month-long trial, he was found guilty by a jury of his peers, and on the next day, Leo M. Frank was sentenced to hang for the murder of his young employee Mary Phagan.

The Frank case is no “cold case.” Mary’s killer was not James Conley, the state’s star witness against Frank. The State of Georgia proved beyond any reasonable doubt that Leo Frank alone murdered Little Mary Phagan.

Where the Phagan Family Stands

The Phagan family has no objection to anyone expressing their opinions about the Frank case, but we do insist that organizations and personal campaigns not distort the truth and facts to use this case for their own political purposes. For over 100 years, each passing decade brought with it “new historical evidence” falsely claiming to exonerate Leo Frank.

The Phagan family has stated since 1982 that if there were clear-cut evidence to clear Frank of this heinous crime, we would come forward and ask for exoneration. However, such historical evidence has never come to light. Rather, there are considerable data, extensive documentation, revealing archival material, and legal, court, and government records that only support and even strengthen the guilty verdict.

Facts of the Case

The fact is that Leo M. Frank was found guilty under Georgia law with facts and evidence, not with political bullying. The good people of Georgia can make up their own minds about Leo Frank’s innocence or guilt by delving into the historical records themselves.

“Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard (with former Governor Roy Barnes) announces “Conviction Integrity Unit” to re-open Leo Frank case.” Atlanta Journal -Constitution, May 7, 2019.

Having researched the Frank case, including spending thousands of hours examining court records, newspaper reports, and private and public archives, I ask you to please consider the following facts:

The Crime and the Evidence

On Saturday April 26, 1913, Frank used the opportunity of a deserted factory and his power as the company boss to lure Little Mary Phagan to a back area of the factory and attempt to sexually assault her. Mary resisted and in the struggle Frank struck her and knocked her unconscious, and then strangled her to death. He left a trail of clues leading to him, so within a few days of the murder he was arrested.

Evidence showed that the murder was sexually motivated, and many of Leo Frank’s own female employees testified to Frank’s history of sexual harassment. They testified that he “got too familiar,” “put his hands on” them, tried to corner them, and proposed sexual acts to them for money. These teenagers bravely took the witness stand and spoke of Leo Frank’s lewd behavior.

Witness Accounts

Sixteen-year-old Nellie Wood told the court how Frank had pushed himself against her and touched her breast. Fourteen-year-old Nellie Pettis, a witness for the defense, recounted how Frank had propositioned her for sex.

Twenty girls in all gave similar testimony about Frank’s improprieties. Several male employees described how they had witnessed Frank “rub up against” young female workers “a little too much.” The testimony was so explicit that the judge had to clear the courtroom of women.

According to The Mary Phagan Family,The Truth of the Leo Frank Case” is by definition inferior and unreliable.

Racism

At trial Frank’s attorney castigated the white jurors for even considering the testimony of the black witnesses: “They would rather believe the Negro’s word....Oh, how times have changed. I hope to God I die before they change any worse than this...

Leo Frank’s lawyers argued to the jury of twelve white men that murder, rape, and robbery were “negro crimes” and thus Frank, a white man, could not have committed the murder of Mary Phagan. One defense attorney said that “the murder was the unreasoning crime of a negro,” that “It isn’t a white man’s crime.”

Frank’s own racist thinking is reflected in an Atlanta Constitution front -page headline on May 31, 1913: “Mary Phagan’s Murder Was Work of a Negro Declares Leo M. Frank.” The newspaper quoted Frank: “Here is a Negro, not alone with the shiftless and lying habits of an element of his race, that is common to the South....No white man killed Mary Phagan. It’s a Negro’s crime, through and through. No man with common sense would even suspect I did it.

Jim Conley’s Role

Leo Frank tried to pin his crime on two innocent black men. Leo Frank’s supporters then and now have played the race card and falsely represent an African-American man as the “real killer.”

For over 100 years James “Jim” Conley has been scapegoated in nearly all the literature on the case. He was a sweeper in the factory on the day of the murder, and he was ordered by his boss Leo Frank to help move the dead body of Mary Phagan.

When Conley confessed to his accessory-after-the-fact role, Frank and his supporters tried to pin Frank’s heinous crime on Conley. Frank’s supporters continue to this day to smear Conley as a devious criminal who got away with murder.

However, Conley’s very detailed confession, corroborated by the physical evidence at the crime scene, was so convincing that it became central to the prosecution’s case. At trial, Leo Frank refused to be cross-examined by prosecutors, but James Conley withstood 16 hours of cross-examination, under oath.

Alonzo Mann’s Role

Alonzo Mann, the man that is supposed to have exonerated Frank in 1982, would have CONVICTED him in 1913. I, Mary Phagan-Kean, examined in detail the dubious claims of Alonzo Mann, who came forward in 1982, after 69 years of silence, to say he saw Conley with the body of Mary Phagan. It turns out that his new statements hurt Leo Frank far more than they help him.

Alonzo Mann has given many conflicting stories that are irreconcilable with the known facts. In May 1913 as a young teenager, Mann told detectives three different stories in three separate interviews and gave yet another story in his sworn testimony at trial in August.

In those interviews and in his trial testimony Mann never mentioned seeing James Conley at all on the day of the murder. At age 83, in his 1982 videotaped session before the State Board of Pardons and Paroles, he gave still more conflicting version s that contradict the testimony of Leo Frank himself!

The blog has the latest developments in this case

The blog has the latest developments in this case

I live to tell the story that I know.

Events

Little Mary Phagan
Mary Phagan-Kean Guest Speaker

1. The Leo Frank Case Bremen Museum by Van Pearlberg-June 23, 2019

Little Mary Phagan

2. The Leo Frank Case Trial A Legal Chronicle and Analysis Georgia State Bar by Van Pearlberg-August 29, 2019

Little Mary Phagan
Little Mary Phagan
Van Pearlberg, Mary Phagan-Kean

3. The Leo Frank Case with Former Georgia Governor Roy Barnes-November 12, 2019

Little Mary Phagan
Roy Barnes at Mercer Law; Mary Phagan-Kean in front row

4. The Inaugural Conviction Integrity Unit Reception-January 8, 2020

Little Mary Phagan
Fulton County DA Paul Howard, Jr., Mary Phagan-Kean, Martin O'toole

5. Anti-Semitism in the Leo Frank Case Senior Learning Center Savannah by Steve Oney-February 17, 2020

Little Mary Phagan

Blog

Little Mary Phagan

My book, The Murder of Little Mary Phagan is available free here:

The Mary Phagan Family: The Truth of the Leo Frank Case 11 Sources for Further Study On the 100th Anniversary (April 26, 2013) of Mary Phagan’s rape and murder, the trial Brief of Evidence and appeals records of the Leo Frank case were digitized (www.archive.org).

Little Mary Phagan

The voluminous Atlanta newspaper reports about the crime are now available online. As a young girl, my father and I spent summers going through the microfilm at Georgia State. Now these resources have been made available for data mining:

The Murder of Mary Phagan, Coroner’s Inquest, Grand Jury, Investigation, Trial, Appeals


Newsletters

 

Phagan Family Position Paper
https://www.littlemaryphagan.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/PhaganFamilyPositionPaper.6.11.1938519.pdf

Smearing of Little Mary Phagan by the Supporters of Leo Frank

https://www.littlemaryphagan.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/FinalPhaganNewsletter2.9.29.201938841-1.pdf

Why the Secrecy?

https://www.littlemaryphagan.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/FINAL.PFNL_.no_.3.12.13.2019.pdf

Former Governor Roy Barnes Claims Leo Frank Did Not Kill Mary Phagan, What He Doesn’t Want You to Know?

https://www.littlemaryphagan.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/FINAL-Barnes.pdf

Detailed account of Why Leo Frank was convicted!
https://medium.com/@MoeJacobs/why-was-leo-frank-was-convicted-d8793be51e4d

Little Mary Phagan Case History

Since the Conviction Integrity Unit has been established to review the Leo Frank Case, BOOKS have been BANNED, Georgia and Supreme Court records, YouTube Videos have been removed, and Original newspaper links are NO LONGER AVAILABLE!

Why?

To Silence the "Opposing View". What is the truth of the Leo Frank Case? Truth has become inappropriate or offensive or objectionable and is deemed hate speech to impose censorship.

Facts are not hateful!!!

Little Mary Phagan

My name is Mary Phagan-Kean and I am the great-niece and namesake of “Little Mary Phagan,” the thirteen-year-old girl who was raped and murdered by B’Nai B’Rith leader Leo Max Frank on April 26, 1913.

Leo Frank, who admitted he was the last person to see Mary alive, was the factory manager at the National Pencil Company, where the Sam Nunn federal building stands today, and where Mary worked and was killed.

On August 25, 1913, after a month-long trial, he was found guilty by a jury of his peers, and on the next day, Leo M. Frank was sentenced to hang for the murder of his young employee Mary Phagan.

The Frank case is no “cold case.” Mary’s killer was not James Conley, the state’s star witness against Frank. The State of Georgia proved beyond any reasonable doubt that Leo Frank alone murdered Little Mary Phagan.

Where the Phagan Family Stands

The Phagan family has no objection to anyone expressing their opinions about the Frank case, but we do insist that organizations and personal campaigns not distort the truth and facts to use this case for their own political purposes. For over 100 years, each passing decade brought with it “new historical evidence” falsely claiming to exonerate Leo Frank.

The Phagan family has stated since 1982 that if there were clear-cut evidence to clear Frank of this heinous crime, we would come forward and ask for exoneration. However, such historical evidence has never come to light. Rather, there are considerable data, extensive documentation, revealing archival material, and legal, court, and government records that only support and even strengthen the guilty verdict.

Facts of the Case

The fact is that Leo M. Frank was found guilty under Georgia law with facts and evidence, not with political bullying. The good people of Georgia can make up their own minds about Leo Frank’s innocence or guilt by delving into the historical records themselves.

“Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard (with former Governor Roy Barnes) announces “Conviction Integrity Unit” to re-open Leo Frank case.” Atlanta Journal -Constitution, May 7, 2019.

Having researched the Frank case, including spending thousands of hours examining court records, newspaper reports, and private and public archives, I ask you to please consider the following facts:

The Crime and the Evidence

On Saturday April 26, 1913, Frank used the opportunity of a deserted factory and his power as the company boss to lure Little Mary Phagan to a back area of the factory and attempt to sexually assault her. Mary resisted and in the struggle Frank struck her and knocked her unconscious, and then strangled her to death. He left a trail of clues leading to him, so within a few days of the murder he was arrested.

Evidence showed that the murder was sexually motivated, and many of Leo Frank’s own female employees testified to Frank’s history of sexual harassment. They testified that he “got too familiar,” “put his hands on” them, tried to corner them, and proposed sexual acts to them for money. These teenagers bravely took the witness stand and spoke of Leo Frank’s lewd behavior.

Witness Accounts

Sixteen-year-old Nellie Wood told the court how Frank had pushed himself against her and touched her breast. Fourteen-year-old Nellie Pettis, a witness for the defense, recounted how Frank had propositioned her for sex.

Twenty girls in all gave similar testimony about Frank’s improprieties. Several male employees described how they had witnessed Frank “rub up against” young female workers “a little too much.” The testimony was so explicit that the judge had to clear the courtroom of women.

According to The Mary Phagan Family,The Truth of the Leo Frank Case” is by definition inferior and unreliable.

Racism

At trial Frank’s attorney castigated the white jurors for even considering the testimony of the black witnesses: “They would rather believe the Negro’s word....Oh, how times have changed. I hope to God I die before they change any worse than this...

Leo Frank’s lawyers argued to the jury of twelve white men that murder, rape, and robbery were “negro crimes” and thus Frank, a white man, could not have committed the murder of Mary Phagan. One defense attorney said that “the murder was the unreasoning crime of a negro,” that “It isn’t a white man’s crime.”

Frank’s own racist thinking is reflected in an Atlanta Constitution front -page headline on May 31, 1913: “Mary Phagan’s Murder Was Work of a Negro Declares Leo M. Frank.” The newspaper quoted Frank: “Here is a Negro, not alone with the shiftless and lying habits of an element of his race, that is common to the South....No white man killed Mary Phagan. It’s a Negro’s crime, through and through. No man with common sense would even suspect I did it.

Jim Conley’s Role

Leo Frank tried to pin his crime on two innocent black men. Leo Frank’s supporters then and now have played the race card and falsely represent an African-American man as the “real killer.”

For over 100 years James “Jim” Conley has been scapegoated in nearly all the literature on the case. He was a sweeper in the factory on the day of the murder, and he was ordered by his boss Leo Frank to help move the dead body of Mary Phagan.

When Conley confessed to his accessory-after-the-fact role, Frank and his supporters tried to pin Frank’s heinous crime on Conley. Frank’s supporters continue to this day to smear Conley as a devious criminal who got away with murder.

However, Conley’s very detailed confession, corroborated by the physical evidence at the crime scene, was so convincing that it became central to the prosecution’s case. At trial, Leo Frank refused to be cross-examined by prosecutors, but James Conley withstood 16 hours of cross-examination, under oath.

Alonzo Mann’s Role

Alonzo Mann, the man that is supposed to have exonerated Frank in 1982, would have CONVICTED him in 1913. I, Mary Phagan-Kean, examined in detail the dubious claims of Alonzo Mann, who came forward in 1982, after 69 years of silence, to say he saw Conley with the body of Mary Phagan. It turns out that his new statements hurt Leo Frank far more than they help him.

Alonzo Mann has given many conflicting stories that are irreconcilable with the known facts. In May 1913 as a young teenager, Mann told detectives three different stories in three separate interviews and gave yet another story in his sworn testimony at trial in August.

In those interviews and in his trial testimony Mann never mentioned seeing James Conley at all on the day of the murder. At age 83, in his 1982 videotaped session before the State Board of Pardons and Paroles, he gave still more conflicting version s that contradict the testimony of Leo Frank himself!

The blog has the latest developments in this case

The blog has the latest developments in this case

I live to tell the story that I know.

Events

Little Mary Phagan
Mary Phagan-Kean Guest Speaker

1. The Leo Frank Case Bremen Museum by Van Pearlberg-June 23, 2019

Little Mary Phagan

2. The Leo Frank Case Trial A Legal Chronicle and Analysis Georgia State Bar by Van Pearlberg-August 29, 2019

Little Mary Phagan
Little Mary Phagan
Van Pearlberg, Mary Phagan-Kean

3. The Leo Frank Case with Former Georgia Governor Roy Barnes-November 12, 2019

Little Mary Phagan
Roy Barnes at Mercer Law; Mary Phagan-Kean in front row

4. The Inaugural Conviction Integrity Unit Reception-January 8, 2020

Little Mary Phagan
Fulton County DA Paul Howard, Jr., Mary Phagan-Kean, Martin O'toole

5. Anti-Semitism in the Leo Frank Case Senior Learning Center Savannah by Steve Oney-February 17, 2020

Little Mary Phagan