Grand Jury Indictment of Leo M. Frank, Saturday May 24, 1913, in the Superior Court of Atlanta, GA.

Judge W. D. Ellis of the Superior Court on Monday, May 5, 1913, ordered the May Grand Jury to investigate the Mary Phagan Murder Mystery

Grand Jury: A Decisive Moment in the Case of Mary Phagan

On Saturday, May 24th 1913, the day the Grand Jury of twenty three men were to vote after an exhaustive review of testimony and evidence concerning the Mary Phagan murder investigation presented to them after the decision against Leo Frank the Coroner’s Inquest rendered at 6:30pm, on Thursday, May 8, 1913 through to Saturday, May 24, 1913, however two Grand Jurors where not present on the day of the vote, one a Jewish member went on a trip to New York City and M. Beutell, a Gentile, had an important event he was unable to miss, and as these two men were out of town, they were not permitted to vote by absentee ballets, it therefore reduced the Grand Jury from 23 to 21 voting men. The importance of this reduction was that only a majority of 11 signature votes was necessary to indict, instead of the former 12 votes were necessary in this nail biting moment for the police and prosecution that had tirelessly spent a month building their case.

Even though Leo Frank was a businessman partly responsible for hiring more than a hundred people and most of the Grand Jurors were also businessmen, they were not sympathetic in their voting, primarily because the evidence was presumably overwhelmingly strong against Leo Frank. With twenty-one men remaining, some close observers may have wondered if the vote was straddling the fence in either direction — to indict or not indict — and questioned whether the majority of 11 out of 21 would come forward and provide signatory votes necessary for an indictment or not.

Was the Leo Frank Grand Jury Vote a Close Call?

In a result that set another powerful tone for the future of the Frank-Phagan case — just as the Coroner’s Inquest Jury vote had done — the Grand Jury voted unanimously, signing 21 to 0 in favor of indicting Leo M. Frank for the murder of Mary Phagan. With four Jews voting unanimously with seventeen other Gentile men to Indict Frank, it puts serious doubts about the veracity of the Jewish Community’s historical and contemporary anti-Gentile race-baiting claims over the last 100 years that Leo Frank went to trial because he was Jewish; an innocent Jew railroaded and framed collectively by racist Southerners who are innately anti-Jewish., and that the whole Leo Frank affair was a widespread anti-Semitic conspiracy.

Countering the racist anti-Gentile Jewish position of the case, Southerners and European-Americans at large are wondering why Frank supporters must resort to making false, bigoted and racist blood-libel smears against them for the last 100 years, when the evidence against Leo Frank was strong during the Phagan murder investigation and every level of the U.S. legal system sided with the trial Jury that they were not mob terrorized and that Leo Frank had a fair trial.

The Indictment of Leo Frank:

The indictment read…

In the name and behalf of the citizens of Georgia, charge and accuse Leo M. Frank, of the [Fulton] County and State [of Georgia] aforesaid, with the offense of Murder, for that the said Leo M. Frank in the County aforesaid on the 26th day of April in the year of our Lord Nineteen Hundred and thirteen, with force and arms did unlawfully and with malice aforethought kill and murder one Mary Phagan by then and there choking her, the said Mary Phagan, with a cord place around her neck contrary to the laws of said State, the good order, peace and dignity thereof.

The Frankites and Jewish Domestic Extremists: Racist Anti-Black Conspiracy

Racist anti-Gentile Frankites, like Steve Oney, Dinnerstein and other Jewish racial supremacists, would make the outlandish claim the entire question of Leo Frank’s guilt can be reduced to the word of Jim Conley vs. the word of Leo Frank. However, the unanimous indictment of Leo Frank for the murder of Mary Phagan had absolutely nothing to do with Jim Conley, because Jim Conley was not present at all during the Grand jury. The unanimous indictment of Leo Frank resulted after compelling evidence (without Jim Conley) was presented to the Grand Jurymen.

The following 21 Grand Jurymen of which four were Jews unanimously signed the bill of indict against Leo Frank (Atlanta Journal, May, 1913; Leo Frank Georgia Supreme Court records, Bill of Indictment, 1913; Atlanta Publishing Company, The Frank Case, 1913; and Phagan Kean, 1987).

The 21 Members of the Grand Jury Unanimously Voting to Indict Leo Frank are:

1. J.H. Beck, Foreman,

2. A.D. Adair, Sr.,

3. F.P.H. Akers,

4. B.F. Bell,

5. J.G. Bell,

6. Col. Benjamin,

7. Wm. E. Besser,

8. C.M. Brown,

9. C.A. Cowles,

10. Walker Danson,

11. G. A. Gershon,

12. S.C. Glass,

13. A.L. Guthman,

14. Chas. Heinz,

15. H.G. Hubbard,

16. R. R. Nash,

17. W.L. Percy,

18. R. A. Redding,

19. R.F. Sams,

20. John D. Wing,

21. Albert Boylston

After the twenty one Grand Jurymen unanimously signed the murder indictment of Leo M. Frank, he would be scheduled to be put on trial before a cohort of 13 men, a judge and a petite Jury of 12 men, to decide his ultimate fate.

Next: Leo Frank Trial Admission Equaling Murder Confession


The Murder of Little Mary Phagan by Mary Phagan Kean

The Frank Case, Inside Georgia’s Greatest Murder Mystery by Atlanta Publishing Company, 1913,

Grand Jury indictment of Leo Frank, Saturday, May 24, 1913

Atlanta Journal, May, 1913

Last updated: May 24, 2013