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This Day in Georgia History

May 11, 1913

Hoax in Leo Frank Investigation

Officials of the National Pencil Factory told Pinkerton detectives to find the murderer of Mary Phagan, no matter who it might be - this despite the fact that NPF supervisor Leo Frank had first brought in a Pinkerton detective. In a Marietta grocery store, a mysterious “girl in red” was rumored to have said that she was with Phagan on the day of the murder. After scouring the neighborhood and not finding the girl, detectives concluded the story was a hoax.