Friday, November 6, 2009

"The People v. Leo Frank" PBS Sunday



Documentary revisits the case of a Jew lynched in Georgia. In 1913 the many forces of post Civil War came into play in the trial of a Northern Jew accused of a heinous murder in a Southern town. Mary McNamara reviews for the Los Angeles Times.

"The People v. Leo Frank" is an artful autopsy of tragedy. A girl was murdered, a man was murdered and men became monsters. Frank's behavior was just as damning as his religion; Conley's personal attorney, who stepped forward so yet another black man would not be wrongfully accused, realized too late that his client was a liar, and a community, justifiably incensed by the rape and murder of a child, allowed itself to be whipped into regional and anti-Semitic hysteria.




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