THINGS WERE GOING well — memories of Leo Frank fading, body parts of the lynched man hanging in an Ocilla hardware store window barely a rumour.
Perhaps it was time to introduce the baby.
Her grandfather sat in his rocker, snuff in hand.
“Jew babies’re always pretty when they’re little,” he said, taking a dip.
Leo Frank was an Atlanta factory superintendent from New York convicted of the murder of 13-year-old Mary Phagan, a factory employee, in 1913. Following extensive national reaction to his conviction, appeals, and the commutation of his death sentence in 1915 – as well as widespread antisemitism – Frank was kidnapped from prison and lynched in Marietta, GA, Phagan’s hometown.