April 15, 2021

Episode 90 True Crime: The Murder of Mary Phagan and the Lynching of Leo Frank

Episode 90 True Crime: The Murder of Mary Phagan and the Lynching of Leo Frank

We’re still working through the communities that were attacked in Taylor Nolan’s tweets. This week, Megan focuses on the Jewish community and talks about Anti-Semitism around the world and in the United States.

We jump in the way back machine, to 1913 and Megan tells the story of 13-year-old Mary Phagan who was murdered at the Atlanta, Georgia factory she worked in. Media attention turned to the supervisor of the factory, Leo Frank, a Jewish man. Leo is then tried and convicted of Mary’s murder, on very suspicious testimony. After his sentence is commuted, from death to life in prison, a white mob lynched Leo Frank in Marietta, Georgia.

Today, Leo Frank is widely believed to be innocent of Mary’s murder. The true murderer is believed to be the lead witness for the prosecution.

CONTENT WARNING: child victim, brief mention of child molestation (no details), Lynching, anti-semitism

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