Myth Of The 20th Century – Episode 43: The Blood Libel Of Leo Frank

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Leo Frank – a man lynched in 1915 for allegedly murdering a young girl Mary Phagan at the pencil factory he ran in Atlanta, Georgia – is a relative unknown to most ordinary Americans. But to those who view his trial, conviction, and lynching as a seminal moment in American race relations, including the ADL and the Nation of Islam, periodically re-examine the case and use it to varying degrees as a weapon in an ongoing public relations battle to control the narrative on the American justice system and its overall fairness towards minorities.



– Watson’s Magazine (1915) –
– The People vs. Leo Frank, PBS (2009) –
– In the Matter of Leo Frank, Part I, MacDonald (2010) –
– Tom Watson: The Official Record in the Case of Leo Frank, a Jew Pervert, Hendon (2014) –
– The Real Deal Ep # 90 Mary Phagan and Leo Frank: Justice with Ironies, Fetzer / John DeNugent (2015) –
– The lynching of a Jewish man in Georgia 100 years ago changed America forever, Jacobs (2015) –
– 100 Year Memorial to Leo Frank Who Murdered Mary Phagan, Rob (2015) –
– Nation of Islam Releases The Secret Relationship Between Blacks & Jews, Volume 3 (2016) –
– Harvey Sweinstein and Hollywood’s Hos, Mercer (2017) –
– Leo Frank was lynched for a murder he didn’t commit. Now neo-Nazis are trying to rewrite history, Bogage (2017) –
– Leo Frank Case, Dinnerstein (2017) –
– The People v. Leo Frank, ADL –
– Leo Frank –

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  1. Much like the ADL, the French LICRA was also developed by Jewish activists after a trial involving a Jewish murderer. The difference there is that the criminal got to live out the rest of his life in peace.

  2. I would like to recommend for your bibliography:

    The American Mercury’s 1) Leo Frank Trial Audio Book Series 2) The Murder of Little Mary Phagan Audiobook 3) Tom Watson Frank-Phagan Case Audiobook Series.

  3. That opening was too good. Interesting story; I’ve never heard it before! I’m still in the first few minutes, or I’d say more.

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