Frank is Guilty, Says Pinkerton

by Archivist on August 17, 2016

sept_harry-scottAnother in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case.

Atlanta Constitution

Monday, May 26th, 1913

Sufficient Evidence Found to Convict Him, Declares Man Hired by the National Pencil Company.

Announcing that he had secured evidence sufficient to convict his employer Harry Scott, assistant superintendent of the Pinkertons, who has been retained by the National Pencil company since the second day of the Phagan tragedy, said to a reporter for The Constitution Sunday night that it was his intention to help prosecute the suspected superintendent.

Scott has been in command of the Pinkerton forces working on the investigation. His employment came about in answer to a telephone call from Frank on Monday morning following the murder. He was engaged, he states, for the sole purpose of finding the murderer.

Scott’s Connection With Case.

His connection with the case was explained once before when he was called to the stand at the coroner’s inquest. The Constitution Sunday morning published an exclusive story explaining that although Scott was employed by Frank’s defense, and although reports of the Pinkertons daily progress were submitted to the prisoner’s counsel he was working on the theory that Frank was guilty.

Scott declared to The Constitution over the telephone Sunday night that he was convinced of the suspect’s guilt, and that he had evidence to that effect, which would be submitted before the courts. The Pinkertons investigation, however will not cease, he says, but will continue as relentlessly as heretofore. Because of strict jail regulations, Frank could not be reached last night for a statement regarding the detective’s announcement.

As the assistant superintendent stated on the witness stand during the inquest he was summoned to Frank’s office on Monday afternoon April 28, to confer with Frank. Frank, he says, asserted that it was due the pencil factory to investigate the murder.

Pinkertons Start Work.

Scott and his men immediately set to work. The following day the plant superintendent was arrested. The Pinkerton investigation proceeded on the theory that Frank was guilty, it is stated by Scott. Later, authorities of the pencil factory were consulted. The Pinkertons it is said asked if they were to continue their investigation as originally outlined—to find the murderer or would they be expected to assist Frank? In the latter case, it is said, the detective officials declared, they would cease connection.

According to Luther Z. Rosser, counsel for Frank and Superintendent Scott, the Pinkertons were instructed to proceed as in the past and to find the slayer. Scott says he has evidence not yet made public and that it will not be revealed until time of trial.

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Atlanta Constitution, May 26th 1913, “Frank is Guilty, Says Pinkerton,” Leo Frank case newspaper article series (Original PDF)

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