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A statement made ten years ago by a Negro named Freeman, who thought he was dying, exonerating Leo Frank of the murder of Mary Phagan came to light today and was published in the Atlanta Journal.
Freeman in the statement claimed he saw Jim Conaley, a Negro employee of the factory where Frank was superintendent struggling with someone under the stairs in the factory where the girl was slain.
At the time of the trial, Conaley placed the crime on Frank’s shoulders.
The statement exonerating Frank was made to Dr. Calvin Weaver, prominent physician, who said today he reported the case to Governor Slaton and the State Prison Commission. The former Governor says he remembers the statement well, but that the public sentiment was running so high against Frank and against himself for commuting the sentence that the law had little chance to place it before the public at the time.
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