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Leo Frank
Leo Frank
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⁣In the third article on the Leo Frank case in the September 1915 issue of Watson magazine, Sargent Dobbs describes what he saw on the morning of April 27, 2013, after Newt Lee called him and his team. He confirmed Newt Lee's earlier claims that Mary Fagan's body was found lying face down and accused a third party - a "tall black bastard" - of attempting the murder. Jim Conley, the manager of the pencil factory, was blamed. Another officer and witness, identified as John N. Starnes, took a fingerprint sample from the back door, which showed bloody prints. Jim Conley's attorney, Wm. Smith was willing to give the money to his client and even asked for his fingerprints twice, but received no response from Leo Frank's legal team.

The next few witnesses V.M. Smith and John Black were sent by John N.

town officials to pick up Leo Frank. Starnes sent Mary to the morgue to see her reaction to seeing her body.

Without even looking at Mary Fagan's body, Frank went into another room and went straight to the pencil factory.

There, Frank pretended to confirm that Mary Fagan worked for him and left shortly after noon.


Mary Fagan was found in such a dangerous and disheveled condition that none of the witnesses were able to identify her as the white girl.

John R.

Black testified against Frank because he was the one who went with Rogers to pick up Leo Frank, who appeared nervous on the way to the morgue and the police station, from his home. Mr. Haas, Leo Frank's attorney, John R.

Black and Mr. Scott go to Newt Lee's house and find a bloody T-shirt.

Another witness, Rogers, told police that Newt Lee was under arrest at the time and was with Gantt at the time of the crime when Leo Frank came to retrieve a pair of shoes from Gantt's possession.

Abandoned. This was meant to allay the suspicions of plant manager Jim Conley, while criticizing Newt Lee and Gant. When Gant appeared in court to testify, he said that he had been fired from the factory on April 7, 1913, and that he and Leo Frank had known Mary Fagan since they were children. This testimony contradicted Frank's testimony that he lost all credibility before the jury that he barely knew Mary Fagan as a salaried employee and paid her a weekly wage.

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