Frank is Awaiting Action of the Grand Jury Calmly

by Archivist on May 11, 2016

Frank is Awaiting

Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case.

Atlanta Georgian

Sunday, May 11th, 1913

Leo M. Frank, calmly and without any apparent fear or apprehension, is awaiting the decision of the 24 men who will determine this week whether or not an indictment shall be returned against him in connection with the killing of Mary Phagan.

Yesterday—which was very much like the other days that he has been confined in the Tower—he read, said a few words now and then to the guards, greeted members of his family as they came to see him and discussed various subjects with them in a quiet, matter-of-fact manner, not at all as though the burden of a great crime were resting on his soul.

Frank Has Privileges.

Except that he is deprived of his liberty and most effectively guarded, Frank is not without the majority of the privileges enjoyed by the rest of the people in Atlanta. He may eat what he wishes. He may read the newspapers, the magazines, the current novels—anything he desires. He may see whom he wishes.

He has not been deprived even of the accounts of the grewsome tragedy whose victim was an innocent and pretty little girl. He has read them dispassionately, as he does everything. He has followed the various theories carefully, reserving comment, so far as is known, for his counsel and members of his family.

His relatives have visited him frequently. Daily they have brought him the choice delicacies that the spring market affords. He has not been compelled to rely upon the plain jail fare that most of his jailmates [sic] get. This, of course, is not a special privilege. Any of those awaiting trial or the action of the Grand Jury may have the extra luxuries if they care to buy them.

Several of Frank’s close friends have been in to see him. He has met them pleasantly, according to the jail attaches. His lawyer, Luther Z. Rosser, also has been in brief conference with him.

Strain Has Told.

The strain of the nearly two weeks imprisonment unquestionably has told on the young factory superintendent. He is paler than he was two weeks ago. He is slightly haggard, but through it all he has been calm, imperturbable.

“I expected nothing else at this time,” was his quiet comment when told of the action of the Coroner’s jury. Since then his attitude has been the same. He expresses his confidence that he will be cleared in the end. He declares his belief that the courts will find the guilty man and that he will be set free. Until then he is willing to wait and take his present incarceration philosophically.

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Atlanta Georgian, May 11th 1913, "Frank is Awaiting Action of the Grand Jury Calmly," Leo Frank case newspaper article series (Original PDF)

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