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This Day in Georgia History

May 30, 1913

Police Took Conley Through Factory

Police took Jim Conley to the National Pencil Factory, where he went over every detail of his story of the day of the murder, including how he and Leo Frank had together loaded Mary Phagan’s body onto the elevator and brought it to the basement. Though no one realized it at the time, evidence existed at the base of the elevator shaft that clearly contradicted Conley’s testimony. Unfortunately, police and Frank’s attorney failed to notice the contradiction – an oversight that would have terrible consequences for Frank’s defense.