Mary Phagan Kean – The murder of little Mary Phagan

Mary Phagan Kean – The murder of little Mary Phagan

Read by Margaret Huffstickler

This is the true story of the murder of little Mary Phagan by Leo M. Frank, her superintendent at the National Pencil Company; Leo Frank’s lynching by outraged citizens after his death sentence was commuted; and the century-long effort by Frank’s Jewish co-religionists to exonerate him, ending with his pardon in 1986 by the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles–which specifically refrained, however, from exonerating Frank.

In spite of the fact that the author Mary Phagan (now Mary Phagan Kean) is the great-niece of little Mary Phagan, and naturally has strong emotions about the case, this book contains the most balanced account of the case so far, as Ms. Kean has gone back to the complete trial record, and studied it extensively. She corrects the false statements that are used in most accounts to convince readers or viewers of Frank’s innocence, while acknowledging that it it impossible to know with 100% certainty that Frank was the murderer.

This audiobook is published with the kind permission of Mary Phagan Kean.

01 – Title Copyright Acknowledgements

02 – Acknowledgements Dedication Contents

03 – Introduction

04 – Chapter 1 – ARE YOU BY ANY CHANCE

05 – Chapter 2 – THE LEGACY

06 – Chapter 3 – MY SEARCH BEGINS

07 – Chapter 4 – THE CASE FOR THE PROSECUTION

08 – Chapter 5 – THE CASE FOR THE DEFENSE

09 – Chapter 6 – SENTENCING AND AFTERMATH

10 – Chapter 7 – THE COMMUTATION

11 – Chapter 8 – THE LYNCHING

12 – Chapter 9 – REVERBERATIONS

13 – Chapter 10 – ALONZO MANNS TESTIMONY

14 – Chapter 11 – THE PHAGANS BREAK THEIR VOW OF SILENCE

15 – Chapter 12 – APPLICATION FOR PARDON – 1983

16 – AFTERWORD PARDON